Maintaining Good Health

Knowing what's normal for your bird in terms of behavior and body condition can be extremely beneficial in diagnosing health problems. Here you will find a collection of information that will make it easier to identify illness in your pet, and will help you learn when to seek medical treatment in case your pet gets sick.

  • Is your bird feeling a bit "under the weather?" Would you really even know if he was? Protect your bird by learning to recognize when it's time to go to the vet.
  • Most diseases in caged birds are directly or indirectly related to malnutrition and stress. Malnutrition most often stems from what the bird eats, rather than how much it eats. Most caged birds are offered enough food, but they do not receive enough of the proper foods and in the proper proportions. Stress results from any condition that compromises a bird's state of well-being. Examples include poor husbandry, inadequate diet, rapid temperature changes, and trauma.

All owners of caged birds must understand that birds tend to "hide" signs of illness. Birds can compensate for serious internal disease in such a way that they appear healthy externally. It is theorized that evolution has "taught" birds to hide signs of illness to avoid being harassed and possibly killed by other birds in the same flock. Because of this disease-masking tendency, by the time a bird owner recognizes illness in a pet bird, the bird may have been sick for 1-2 weeks. Therefore, one cannot afford to take a "wait and see" approach and hope the bird improves. Be observant and act promptly. Learn to look for subtle signs of illness, and take special note of changes in the routine and habits of your pet bird. Seek veterinary assistance promply if you suspect illness.

Symptoms of Illness

How to Choose an Avian Vet

Basic Bird Anatomy

Avian Flu in Pets

With so many reports of avian influenza in the news, it can be hard not to wonder if your pet bird could be at risk of contracting this serious illness. While the media provides a plethora of important information about this virus, myths and half-truths abound in discussion of the avian flu.

To protect your bird and your family, it is important to have a clear view of what the avian flu really is, how it functions, and how you can prevent it.

Flu Facts