Signs of a Sick Bird

Birds can be very good at hiding their illness or discomfort from you. As such, it’s important to be able to recognize the signs of a sick bird so you can get your pet quick veterinary treatment! Here, a Stafford veterinarian tells you about five of the most common signals to watch for.

Ruffled Feathers

Have you noticed your bird sitting with his feathers ruffled out for a while? It could be a sign of health problems, such as respiratory disorders. If you see your bird keeping his feathers ruffled for a day or more, it’s time to make an appointment with your vet.

Cere Problems

The cere is the small area above your bird’s beak that houses the nostrils—essentially, it’s your bird’s nose. Remember to check on this area often, because discharge, redness, and inflammation of the cere means something is wrong. Take your bird to his veterinarian immediately if you see a cere issue.

Loss of Appetite

Birds need to keep eating regularly to stay healthy. If your bird stops eating, something is definitely amiss. Disease, infections, intestinal blockages, and a wide array of other issues could be to blame, so it’s important to seek quick veterinary treatment. Remember to keep the bottom of your bird’s cage clean—this way, keeping track of food consumption is very easy based on the amount of food your bird drops down.

Waste Changes

Try to keep track of the consistency and color of your bird’s droppings. While color can change a bit based on different foods, droppings that are brown, black, or yellow are signs of health problems like internal bleeding. If you think your bird’s waste is extra runny or firm, this also warrants a veterinary visit.

Clouded Eyes

A healthy bird’s eyes will be clean and clear, so if you notice cloudiness or discharge in the eyes you should let your vet know. Various medical problems could be causing these symptoms, and your vet will need to examine your bird to make a proper diagnosis.

Remember to keep your Stafford veterinarian’s phone number close at hand to call if you suspect anything is wrong with your bird.

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