Parrot Problems?

Carefully observe your bird for any signs of illness

Parrot Problems?

It is sometimes hard to observe when your parrot is newly ill because it is the nature of the beast not show illness as a survival habit. So the symptoms can be difficult to see. However, observation is the best approach to prevent parrot diseases and to observe any alteration in the behavioral pattern of your pet. Also, possessing information about the most common types of parrot diseases can be beneficial in being a proactive owner.

Here are some common types of parrot diseases:

Aspergillosis
This is caused by a fungus that impacts the respiratory tract of the bird. The symptoms include breathing problems, weight loss and wheezing. The final diagnosis procedure must be carried out by a veterinarian who takes radiographs or blood tests. You can protect your pet by maintaining an airy, dry and dust-free cage environment.

Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease
The symptoms of this disease are diarrhea, pneumonia and speedy weight-loss. The bird’s feathers appear to be deformed, bleeding and an untimely feather loss may take place. DNA testing is done to confirm the infection, however there is no cure for this disease at present. If you own more than one parrot then you can prevent the spread of this disease by isolation of the sick bird.

Pacheco’s Disease
This is a highly contagious disease that can spread quickly through an aviary. Noticeable signs comprise of diarrhea, ruffled feathers, lethargy and tremors in the wings, neck, and lower limbs. Diagnosis is done from a fecal sample. You can prevent your bird getting this life-threatening disease by observing good husbandry practices.

Teflon Toxicity
This disease is caused when Teflon cookware is used at home. Teflon creates a toxic fume which is lethal to parrots. So avoid cooking with Teflon-coated cookware to safeguard your pet from this deadly fume.

Vitamin D deficiency
Deficiency of vitamin D causes weakened immune systems which makes the birds vulnerable to diseases, bent keels, soft bones, splayed legs, abnormal development of beak, reproductive difficulties as well as stargazing (twisted back) and seizures. The beneficial rays of the sun can potentially treat any deficiency associated with vitamin D and lift an ill parrot’s mood – yet another vital curative factor.

Your parrot needs good hygiene, healthy nutrition, a psychologically invigorating environment, sufficient physical space and as well as any antibiotics needed, to recover fully. Full diagnosis and treatment of these conditions need to be done by a qualified veterinarian like those at the Wells Branch Pet and Bird Clinic. They are there to help you keep your parrot healthy and happy. Call us when need assistance with your parrot’s health.

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