Even though they are small and caged, birds still require a great deal of care and attention. They are complex creatures, and if you take good care of your own bird, you will have the opportunity to see what unique pets they are. One challenge of being a bird-owner is knowing when your bird is ill.
When birds are sick or injured, they will normally try to hide their illness. However, here are a few things to look for:
- Closed or swollen eyes
- Diarrhea; or fecal stains on the feathers surrounding the vent (anus)
- Sitting in one place for extended periods of time during the daylight hours with feathers puffed out
- Noisy or labored breathing, with wheezing or clicking sounds
If you see any of these signs, please call your veterinarian immediately. Until you can get your bird to the vet, use a heat lamp placed near his cage to provide extra warmth. Be sure the bird cannot reach the lamp, and direct the heat so that the bird can move close to it or move away from the heat if he chooses.
If you think your bird is ill, contact us at 503.666.1600.
Letting the team at Gresham Animal Hospital care for your pets is one of the best things you can do for their health. Our team is skilled, professional, and willing to work with your pets’ specific needs to ensure a quality experience is had by both pets and pet parents alike. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. 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.”