Apr 20, 2018
Dr Taryn Hutt

When should I take my bird to the vet?

Birds are very good at hiding things when they're not well. That makes it important to pick up on the subtle signs

When should I take my bird to the vet?

Make sure to look at your bird's droppings. Take a photo for the vet or, better still, bring in a sample

Birds are very good at hiding their symptoms, and often they don’t appear to be ill until they are quite unwell. So it is vital, that we, as pet owners, are able to recognise the signs of ill health in our birds early on.

Image result for sick bird

Signs to look out for are:

  1. Not eating
  2. Change in faecal consistency and size
  3. Fluffing up
  4. Sleeping more than usual
  5. Sitting on the cage floor

Your bird’s droppings are a great insight into your bird’s health.

Image result for bird faeces

There are 3 portions to the avian dropping that need to be monitored:

  • the dark part (Look for: Diarrhoea, blood, undigested foods, mucus, and change in colour)
  • the white part (Change in colour can signify liver problems and infections.)
  • the wet part around the dropping (Excessive amounts of urine can signify kidney problems, stress, and other issues)

If any of these changes are noticed it is important to have your bird checked by a vet.

Please bring your bird along in its cage, or if it is too big, take a picture of the cage.

Make sure you have a sample of droppings for the vet to look at. Do not clean out your cage before going to the vet – this is so the vet is able to examine how the bird has been living, what consistency the faeces are, what the perches are like, what toys are in the cage and what diet they are on. All of this will allow your vet to properly assess the health of your bird.


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