Birds don’t have sweat glands. They actually pant like dogs and also let air flow under their wings to cool the main arteries.
Panting is the beginning sign that your bird might be overheating; more severe signs of overheating are the rabid vibrations of the muscles and bones in the front of the neck. If your bird is severely stressed it will make a honking sound—like a goose.
If your bird is showing these more severe signs of heat stress—the vibration of the muscles and honking—you will want to cool it immediately with either a gentle spray of water or with a damp cool sponge under its wings. You will also want to take your bird immediately to a veterinarian.
Gresham Animal Hospital has been providing loving care to our patients and their owners since 1944. We can take care of your pet’s needs—all under one roof. Bring your feathered family member in for checkups, shots, and vaccines today at 520 NW Division Street in Gresham across from the Gresham Station Shopping Mall. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today.
“You’ll see how much we know, and you’ll know how much we care.”