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BIRD - HEALTH

Parasite Control
External parasites are more common in birds than internal parasites and are usually various species of mites. Regular grooming gives you the chance to check for signs of external parasites. Any infestation of mites will require a trip to the veterinaria...

Bird Anatomy
Birds are unique among flying animals in that they make wonderful pets. Their physiology also makes them interesting. No other animals have feathers, and in many other ways, bird anatomy differs from that of all other living beings. To ensure your bird re...

Nutritional Disease
Nutritional disease is the number one cause of death in birds. Among nutritional diseases, the most prevalent is malnutrition (nutrient deficiency). It may seem as if birds are naturally predisposed to nutritional diseases, but this is not true. In fact, ...

Choosing a Veterinarian
The best time to find a veterinarian is before you need one. As soon as you adopt your new bird, start looking for a good veterinarian. Usually, your new feathered family member will need to be seen by a doctor within 72 hours for an initial health check....

Allergic to Your Bird
Having a bird is good for you - science is proving that few things relax us or entertain us the way that pets do. Birds make us smile, make us laugh, and even reduce our blood pressure. But, for many of us, they also make us sneeze, cough and wheeze. Ro...

Routine Examinations
Although some birds can talk, their vocabulary does not include words to tell you when they are sick. Since they can't tell us, it is important for birds to have regular health checks by an avian veterinarian and for you to observe any unusual behavior an...

A Healthy Bird Checklist
When you're selecting your new feathered friend, look carefully at these features.

Preparing For Your Vet Appointment
Although transporting your bird in a cage seems logical, your pet actually prefers a quiet, dark place for traveling. For a small bird such as a canary, a cardboard box can serve as a nice carrier. Find one small enough that your bird cannot fly around ...

Health Aids
Your bird will usually be healthy if she is properly fed, gets plenty of exercise, has necessary vaccinations and is well cared for. When your bird first arrives home, you should schedule an appointment with your avian veterinarian as soon as possible to ...

When To Call The Vet
Even if you've read all the information on this web site, or perused any number of books on bird health, you'll still need to call your veterinarian at the first sign of any illness in your bird. Catching an illness early increases the chances for a succe...

Signs of Parasites
It is uncommon for birds to have parasites, but your bird could become ill if he becomes infested. There is a host of parasites of which you should be aware. By knowing what to look for, you can help to eradicate most of these pests before they have the o...

Evaluating Your Pet's New Vet
Finding the right veterinarian and clinic is critical to your pet's long life and overall health.

Feather Abnormalities
Is your cantankerous conure persistently pulling out his primaries? Perhaps your balding budgie never grew her feathers at all. Feathering abnormalities are one of the most common and obvious conditions affecting pet birds. After all, many people choose...

Knemidocoptic Mange (Scaly Face Mites)
Knemidocoptic mange, a common skin disorder also known as scaly face mites, is caused by spiderlike mites and results in crusty buildup on your bird's face and skin. DetectionInfected birds may exhibit honeycombed lesions around their eyes, beak, nostrils...

Your Bird's Annual Exam
Your yearly pilgrimage to the veterinarian is vital for your bird's health and well-being. And despite some nervous attempts by less-cooperative patients to elude the veterinarian, your visit can be fun and informative. In the wild, predators pursue the...

Abnormal Droppings
A change in color, consistency, or frequency could be the sign of your bird's ill health.

Scratching
Even on the best days, feathers can be itchy. But poor nutrition, dry skin, parasitic infections, and other conditions can add to your bird's discomfort and cause scratching and feather picking. So if your budgie's occasional itch turns into a daily scrat...

Polyomavirus Infection
If your new budgie's tail and wing feathers seem stunted, she may be suffering from Polyomavirus infection - a disease that kills many young birds. It's most common in breeding facilities, but you can spread infected feces or dander to your pet if you fre...

Feather Picking
Feather picking is a common and frustrating problem in pet birds. Some pets nibble the ends off their feathers, while others tear their skin, creating large open sores. Any bird can feather pick, but Psittacine birds, such as African Grey Parrots and Cock...

Avian Pox
Crusty, weeping blisters and relentless itching - sounds like the chicken pox, right? While a herpes virus causes chicken pox in humans, a pox virus causes avian pox in our feathered friends. Species-specific viruses infect birds and cause canary pox, par...

Bleeding
Knowing the causes and remedies can save your bird's life.

Appetite Loss
Something's wrong when your feathered friend loses interest in food.