Parrot Illnesses

Parrots unlike other birds are less susceptible to illness but you need to be aware of the causes, symptoms and treatment and prevention. Parrots unlike other birds are less susceptible to illness but you need to be aware of the causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention.

When you take the proper care of your parrot, such as giving him the proper balanced food, keeping his feathers in excellent condition, and keeping him out of drafts, you should have lots of years of good health. Sometimes diseases will reach your parrot through the air and also when you purchase a new parrot he could have been exposed to a disease. The best advice in having a parrot is to have lots of information about the various ailments and illness that he can obtain. You need to care for and observe your parrot carefully and at the first sign of a health problem consult your veterinarian. Some parrots can say lots of words but they cannot convey to you or to the veterinarian that they just don't feel well. This is going to be your task to observe and know the problems that might occur.

By observing your bird you might notice that he is resting on two legs instead of one most of the time: this can be a sign that he isn't feeling well. A parrot will rest with his head tucked back and feathers fluffed and usually on one leg. Be careful to daily watch his droppings as droppings can show signs of illness. Wet feces are a sign that he is not well. Be sure to notice his vent, if it is swollen or stained this is a sign. Notice his eyelids if they are puffed or swollen he is not well. If you notice that he is breathing heavy, and also not eating his daily rations this is also a sign of not being well. Be sure to observe if he is beginning to show lethargy as this will show he is not feeling well.

A parrot will be much more active in the morning than perhaps any other time of the day. He will just be noisy, having fun with his bells or toys, hanging upside down and doing his acrobatics. He will like to enjoy chewing his wooden toys and also his perches as these are signs that he is just feeling wonderful. If you notice that he is not behaving normally then it is time to consult your veterinarian. Another sign is if he isn't aggressive when you have your hand in his cage and want to touch him.

You will need to keep his cage and area very clean as parasites can feed on your parrot during the night. These red mites will come out at night to feed on the blood of a bird and will remain on him. Check with your local pet store about a spray that will rid the bird of these pesky mites, and also you will need to treat all of his cage and nest area, usually a number of times till you are rid of these mites or lice.

Be sure to give your bird multivitamin preparations as your veterinarian suggests as he might get a Vitamin A deficiency which will result in an illness called monilliasis due to a fungus mold growing inside his mouth. Usually when a bird has proper vitamins he will not have this deficiency.

He can also have problems with cuts and bleeding so be sure to watch for this problem. Have toys and perches, etc. that are safe for him, ones that he cannot cut himself on while playing. Make sure there are no loose wires in his area that he might cut himself on while flying or playing. He could have a broken feather or broken claw and you can put on styptic powder on a wet cotton ball. This will sting and he won't like it but it should stop the bleeding. Naturally if the bleeding continues, wrap him in a towel and bring him to the veterinarian. You might also try dipping a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the area as this will not sting him.

He may start vomiting, so be sure to notice the neck area to ascertain if there is any partially digested food around his beak or neck. If you notice he is vomiting withhold his food and give him plenty of fresh water and call your veterinarian.

Sometimes a parrot can get diarrhea, first of all see if he is eating too much or perhaps you have overfed him, and if not call the veterinarian immediately.

Notice if your adult parrot is plucking his feathers, if so he is either very bored or it could be the result of a vitamin deficiency. You might be feeding incorrectly so seek advice from either your veterinarian or perhaps a parrot breeder. If you have a hen she will sometimes pluck the feathers of the young chicks. If she does you will need to remove the chicks from her area.

Broken bones can occur also so be sure to notice if he has one leg drawn up, it could have been injured and you will need to take the bird to the veterinarian to get the bone set. Be sure to notice if he has had an injury that he doesn't go into shock. If he has party closed eyes, is passive, shallow or rapid breathing take him to the veterinarian immediately.

Parrots can have digestive problems that can lead to serious illness. At any sign of a digestive problem consult your veterinarian as some of these illnesses can be spread to humans in the household. Be sure to take a sample of his feces when you take him to get treated.

Watch for respiratory problems if he is sneezing a great deal and if mucus or fluid are present. Notice that his eyes are busy to see if he is feeling well. You might need to have a filter for the air in his area if he is having respiratory problems.

Above all, keep a close watch on your bird, notice his feces, his daily food intake, his water, his playing movements and his general health, keep his cage clean and you should have a very healthy bird for many years.

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