Pets can’t complain about the disease, and this also applies to birds. Loving owners can only carefully monitor their health and notice the warning signs in time. Any malaise can be a symptom of a serious illness.
How to recognize a disease by the behavior of a bird
A caring and attentive pet owner can always tell when their pet is ill – this can be seen by their behavior. Birds have a similar pattern. If the parrot behaves atypically, then carefully observe it – is there any malaise?
A healthy parrot is always active, willingly interacts with a person, can even bite, sings and makes sounds. The main change in behavior that indicates malaise is lethargy and apathy, an indifferent attitude to the environment. If the parrot is ruffled or constantly sits, ruffles, closes or rolls its eyes – this is atypical behavior.
What else indicates illness:
- non – compliance with hygiene- the parrot does not clean its feathers;
- constant sleep, depressed state;
- constant lowering of the head, the head hides under the wing;
- refusal of food;
- often drinks;
- atypical sounds – a plaintive squeak, hoarseness, or, conversely, constant silence;
- coordination of movements is disrupted – it is difficult for the bird to fly, it bumps into walls.
Plucking feathers is not a sign of malaise. An inexperienced parrot owner may be confused, but this is just how the pet expresses its boredom. Dropping feathers is also a questionable sign. Sometimes parrots react to stress in this way.
How to recognize a disease by its appearance
A healthy parrot has smooth and even plumage, without bald spots. It is not ruffled, the feathers should be clean. Pay attention to the beak – normally it is smooth, without cracks, growths and stratifications. The bird’s eyes should not be cloudy, reddened or watery.
The area around the bird’s anus will also indicate ill health. If there are glued feathers, there are remnants of droppings, the anus is red, and there is irritation – then the bird needs help. If the defecation process is difficult, the bird shakes its tail and pushes, then there are problems. In a healthy bird, the area near the anus is clean, without any remnants of droppings.
The characteristic signs of a parrot’s ill health are easy to recognize. They need a doctor’s help if they:
- lost a lot of weight;
- breathing hard;
- regurgitation of undigested food, suffering from nausea;
- feels itchy;
- sneezes, breathes through an open beak.
The parrot needs to be urgently seen by a doctor if there are tumors on the body or you notice discharge from the beak. Convulsions and seizures require immediate treatment.
What will the droppings and urine tell you
The parrot’s disease will be indicated by the changed discharge. Normally, the color of faeces is brown or green, or variations of these colors. Parrot droppings don’t smell. If you notice severe diarrhea, or significant deviations from the norm, then show your pet to a doctor.
Warning signs that indicate ill health:
- unpleasant smell of feces;
- presence of fluid, blood, mucus, blisters;
- the presence of undigested food.
You don’t need to rush to the doctor if the change in the litter was affected by food. You are probably changing your diet or switching your poultry to a different food – the color of the waste products may differ from the usual one. If the bird has a liquid diet, then the litter may be watery, and this is also a variant of the norm. If nothing else bothers the parrot except these symptoms, it behaves as usual, then there is no danger.
The urine of parrots is transparent – light or white, sometimes cream or cream color, sometimes may resemble the color of chalk.
- increase the volume of urine;
- changing the color to green or yellow (except when the color has changed from food);
- the presence of blood drops.
Should I see a doctor?
Watch your pet, and then you will understand whether you really need the help of a doctor or you can help the bird yourself. It is important not to delay, as parrot diseases often develop rapidly. In some cases, after 2-3 days without treatment, the parrot may die. Self-medication can harm the bird. At best, it will not work, and at worst, precious time to start proper treatment will be lost.
In case of atypical behavior, refusal to eat, or obvious signs of ill health, contact a veterinary clinic that has an appointment with an ornithologist. Many first aid procedures, such as goiter washing, can only be performed by a specialist. He will also conduct an examination and draw up a treatment regimen, tell you what manipulations can be performed at home independently.
Is a sick parrot contagious?
Malaise in a parrot requires attention and treatment also because a person can get infected from a bird. Infections are transmitted through saliva and airborne droplets. As a result of close contact with a sick bird, you can get infected:
- salmonellosis – an intestinal infection;
Some food poisoning with toxins as a result of contact with a sick parrot is fatal.
The susceptibility of parrot owners depends on their immune system. The chances of getting sick are small, but still there. Because signs of malaise pet can threaten and you.
Simple recommendations will help you not get infected from a sick bird:
- do not feed or water the parrot from your dishes, do not take food from your mouth;
- remove the cage with gloves and a mask;
- after cleaning, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water;
- do not kiss the bird, wash your hands after any contact with it.
The health of a parrot depends largely on proper care and nutrition. Take care of your pet and consult a doctor in a timely manner if it gets sick. Then your pet and you will be healthy.
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.