Weight Gain in BirdsPreventing Weight Gain in Birds

It may not seem that way, but avians – and especially cockatoos, Amazon parrots and macaws – are just as prone to weight gain as their mammalian counterparts.  And extra fat is just as bad for birds as it is for other pets.

Some foods you would think are nutritious also contain carbohydrates and/or oils that can lead to a plumper bird. Peanuts, for example, are a reliable source of protein.  But they’re also extremely high in fat and should only be given to pet birds as treats. Preventing Weight Gain in Birds is a well searched on subject.

Millet spray, sunflower seeds and bread can also cause avians to gain weight.  If you feed your Tweety a commercial seed blend, you should make sure that the mixture does not contain an overabundance of peanuts, millet or sunflower seeds.

In addition to providing your pet a healthy seed mix, you should also give him or her a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables such as:

  • bananas
  • spinach
  • romaine lettuce
  • celery
  • carrots
  • peeled, cored apples

You should give these foods to your bird in their rawest, freshest state without any extra additives like sugar, salt or other seasonings.

Eating right is only one part of the healthy weight equation for your bird.  He or she also needs to get plenty of exercise each day.  Larger birds such as parrots require at least 4 to 5 hours of daily exercise time.  Smaller birds like parakeets may be able to do with 3 or 4 hours of physical activity.

Birds need specialized attention from their owners.  They also require specialized healthcare of the kind the DVMs at Pet and Bird can offer.  When Tweety needs his or her annual beak-to-claw check-up, contact us at Wells Branch Pet and Bird Clinic at (512) 339-8472 or South Branch Pet and Bird Clinic at (512) 462-0002.  We know birds like no other pet health clinic!

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