Lovebirds are cheerful birds that are rarely susceptible to diseases. To ensure that your feathered pet is always healthy and lives for a long time, keep an eye on its health and notice alarming symptoms in time.
What do lovebirds suffer from
The list of diseases that lovebirds can get is long. Most often, they get sick from violation of the conditions of detention, improper feeding, lack of attention, if you have one lovebird. In the mild form of the disease can pass without consequences, severe ones entail complications and death.
The most common diseases of these parrots are divided into:
- non – infectious – diarrhea, Hypo-and beriberi, goiter inflammation, gout, obesity, sore throat;
- infectious – salmonellosis, ornithosis;
- parasitic – helminthiasis, scabies mite, coccidiosis.
Lovebirds have respiratory diseases of a cold nature – they are caused by drafts and hypothermia, keeping in a damp cold room.
Releasing the bird to fly, watch it. An oversight can result in injury, burn, or poisoning. For lovebirds, many home plants, pills, sharp objects and much more are dangerous.
Self-treatment in case of illness of the lovebird parrot is unacceptable. First, there is a high probability of making a wrong diagnosis, and secondly, incorrectly calculate the dosage of the drug. As a result, the bird will die not from lack of help, but from an overdose of the drug. Also, some diseases require surgery. Therefore, you can’t do without consulting a veterinary ornithologist!
The signs of sickness
Treatment of lovebirds is a complex process. Owners, especially inexperienced ones, find it difficult to recognize the signs of the disease and often the doctor has to treat the advanced disease. In the first stages of diseases, birds often behave as usual, and the malaise appears too late. Diseases in lovebirds occur quickly, and in the absence of immediate help from an ornithologist, the parrot can die. Therefore, it is important to observe how the bird enters itself and how it looks.
What does a healthy parrot look like:
- feathers – slightly shiny, close-fitting, not greasy to the touch;
- beak – symmetrical, curved at the right angle, Golden or red in color;
- tabs – without build-up, stains and peeling, glossy claws;
- body – without contamination in the cloaca area, with a thin layer of subcutaneous fat on the abdomen.
Signs that should alert the owner of a lovebird:
- bleary eyes, hoarse voice;
- lack of appetite;
- swollen belly;
- pollution in the region of the cloaca;
- aloofness, the parrot sits with a frown.
Lovebirds have one feature – when they are unwell, their behavior changes dramatically. Keep an eye on the bird and notice in time both too active and too sluggish state.
If you have any alarming symptoms, immediately show the bird to a specialist. If you have two lovebirds, then the victim should be isolated in a separate cell before the doctor’s examination.
Vaccinations for lovebirds
Birds also need vaccinations to avoid getting sick. If you take a lovebird in a nursery, then they use one vaccine for many diseases at once. They enter the body and contribute to the production of antibodies. In the first two months, the chick is protected by the immunity received from the mother. When it weakens, the first vaccination is done according to the schedule. Further, revaccination is carried out according to the scheme every 3-4 weeks, until the feathered person is 5 months old.
Upon reaching the age of six months, the lovebird is vaccinated against rabies. To do this, the parrot must be healthy, so that there are no complications. In order for the effect of vaccination to be preserved, several revaccinations will be required according to the schedule set by the specialist.
To prevent the development of the disease, it is important to take preventive measures – keep the cage clean, properly feed the parrot. Follow the simple recommendations:
Cleaning the cage:
- daily washing of feeders and drinkers;
- daily cleaning of the tray from faeces, every three days washing with soap solution;
- every three months – complete disinfection of the cage and inventory with a solution of formalin and bleach.
The right food:
- do not give food from your plate and do not feed from your mouth – give store-bought food or cook it at home, feed it with allowed fruits and vegetables;
- packs of food must have a readable expiration date, trust trusted manufacturers;
- check the color, smell, and consistency of store-bought food;
- do not give tap water – only filtered, bottled, or boiled water.
Other rules that will help maintain bird health:
- regularly release the bird to fly, but make sure that nothing injures or poisons it;
- put activated carbon in the cage – it will help with poisoning;
- inspect the cage so that the bird is not accidentally injured by something;
- periodically trim the beak and claws with sharp scissors;
- if you take a second parrot – maintain quarantine for a month in a separate cage;
In order not to start the disease without recognizing the alarming symptoms in time, regularly bring the lovebird to the veterinary clinic for preventive examinations. If necessary, the doctor will prescribe an examination and tests. Constant monitoring of the health of a feathered pet will allow it to live for a long time.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and I’m a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.