All pets need to visit the vet for a check up at least once a year to ensure preventable diseases are caught early.
You should also get your pet to the vet as soon as possible if it exhibits physical or behavioural changes. Identifying these changes can sometimes be tricky though as a bird’s natural instinct is to hide any illnesses. In the wild, showing illness or weakness can lead to a bird falling victim to a predator.
It’s important to keep an eye out for signs that may indicate your bird is not 100 per cent. These include:
- lack of appetite
- decreased activity
- weight loss
- changes in dropping colour or consistency
- abnormal wing carriage
- decrease in grooming and preening
- decreased talking, calling and singing
- swollen feet and joints
- open mouth breathing and tail bobbing
- feather plucking
- sitting motionless on the floor of the cage
- falling from the perch, limping or perching on one leg.
At AREPH our vets have extensive experience working with domesticated and wild birds including in the areas of diagnosis (complete blood tests, parasitology, microbiology, radiography and ultrasonography), therapy (medical) and surgery (soft tissues and orthopaedics).
If your bird has not had their annual check up or is exhibiting any of the signs listed above, book an appointment with us today.
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