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Posted on 09-12-2017
Pet Bird Tips from Your Windsor Veterinarian
Pet birds such as canaries, parakeets, finches, cockatoos and conures require regular wellness exams from your veterinarian to ensure the bird is healthy and well-adjusted. An animal with unique dietary and psychological needs, birds are vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies, beak and mouth yeast infections, protozoal diseases and viral/bacterial infections. Although vaccines for bird diseases are not available, bringing your bird to our Windsor veterinary hospital every six months for a complete check-up is the best way to keep your bird as healthy as possible. Bird owners should also be aware that some viral infections will not cause symptoms until the bird is extremely sick, making blood tests an important part of your bird's wellness program.
Enriching Your Birds' Life
Smart, alert and curious, pet birds need mental and physical stimulation in and out of their cage. Safe, chewable toys for birds include natural fiber rope, pine cones, tree branches and rawhide chews. Some birds love to rip up paper while others prefer ringing little bells or interacting with their image in mirrors. Of course, the best kind of enrichment for birds is human interaction, learning how to perform tricks with their human and enjoying free time outside their cage.
Birds and their diets are categorized into the following list:
- Florivores (macaws, parrots)--fruits, seeds, nuts and berries
- Granivores (cockatiels, budgerigars)--seeds and grains
- Frugivores (green-winged macaw, blue-throated macaw)--mostly fruit/flowers, some seeds and nuts)
- Omnivores (red-tailed Amazon, sulphur-crested cockatoo)--insects, fruits, invertebrates, seeds)
- Nectarivores (lory, lorikeet)--pollen, nectar, some seeds and insects
Always check with your Windsor veterinarian to determine what kind of diet your bird should eat before providing food for your bird.
Grooming Your Pet Bird
Nail trimming and wing clipping are the two main grooming needs for birds. Some bird owners choose to train their bird instead of having their wings clipped. Wings are usually clipped to prevent injury within the home or to stop birds from escaping. Talk to your Windsor veterinarian about the advantages and disadvantages of wing clipping. Also, most birds love to take a bath every day. Provide a bowl of water for your bird or see if your bird prefers bathing under a running faucet.
Signs of a Sick Bird
Fluffed or ruffled feathers, reddened/swelled eyes, nose/mouth discharge, missing feathers and unusually colored droppings may indicate your bird is ill. Since birds are adept at hiding sickness, pay close attention to your bird's behavior and call your veterinarian if you think something could be wrong with your bird.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Windsor Veterinarian
To schedule a wellness check for your pet bird, please call our Windsor veterinary hospital today at 970-674-5105. We also invite you to stop by Garden Valley Veterinary Hospital on 32450 State Highway to learn more about our services.
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