How To Tell If Your Bird Is Sick
Sometimes it is difficult to know how to tell if your bird is sick. If you know your pet well, you will, however, see subtle changes in him. Usually, if the bird is really sick, the signs will be obvious.
If birds are sick, they could show signs in the following ways:
- They stop eating
- They have diarrhea
- They are fluffed up
- They sit on the floor of the cage instead of on a perch
- They have crusty eyes or secretions coming out of the nose
- They are lethargic
- The vent is dirty
- They generally look untidy as they fail to preen themselves
What If I Have A Sick Bird?
When you bird suddenly becomes ill, your very first step should be to call your vet. However, there are things you can do to prevent your bird from dying and to make your bird more comfortable while waiting for your vet or while on your way to the animal hospital.
First, keep your bird hydrated. Just like humans, a sick bird can easily lose hydration, which can lead to a number of problems.
Eating is important as well. If necessary, force-feed your bird with a syringe. This will provide your bird’s body with the needed energy for fighting the illness. Your vet can instruct you on what to feed your bird and how to do it. In general, you should remove other foods from the cage to ensure that your bird is eating only the healthy foods for sick birds that you are providing.
It is also important that your bird is kept warm and out of draughts. A heater or light can make your bird uncomfortable, but make sure that your bird’s cage is in a warm room and provide a hot water bottle in the cage for your bird. Sick birds should have an environmental temperature of about 30 degrees Celsius unless instructed otherwise by your vet.
When your bird is sick, quarantine him from other birds or pets. Have an extra, smaller cage on hand to use for this purpose and keep the ill bird in a different room.
Use disinfecting sprays when handling the sick bird and clean his or her cage often to kill bacteria. To keep the germs low, keep the water levels in the cage as low as possible and replace often in order to stop bacteria from breeding.
If your bird is very ill, do not hesitate to take him or her to the local animal hospital. If possible, have someone else call or announce that you will be coming and get on the road, early treatment is the key to saving your bird’s life in many cases.
Sometimes, no matter how well you care for your pet bird, his or her health will simply suffer. Make sure that you are providing the best home possible, and the rest is up to chance. The important thing is to look after your bird when he or she is sick to help your bird heal and become well again as soon as possible.
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