HELLOPETS – Parrot diseases should be an issue of concern for you. Just like people, parrots can become ill. However, unlike humans, they tend to hide their illness making it your responsibility to identify when your parrot needs medical care. Parrots suffer from illnesses from colds to cancer, but the signs and symptoms of parrot diseases will help you identify when you need to seek veterinary care. Failing to seek medical care can cost your parrot its life, so never delay if you believe your parrot is ill.
Of great concern to everyone these days is Avian Influenza. However, this is not something you should worry about a great deal unless you work in the poultry industry, have outdoor aviaries where migratory avians could drop feces into the aviary, or you live in an area directly impacted by the virus.
In the wild, parrots live in flocks. Any sick parrot is a liability to the survival of the flock and will be outcast. Therefore, the sick parrot will do everything in its power to hide signs of illness. Only when the parrot disease has progressed to a point that the parrot is too weakened to hide the symptoms any longer will the bird allow flock members to learn of its distress. This means we have to keep a close eye on our feathered friends to catch any signs of illness early on while treatments can be effective.
A bird that is healthy sleeps on one foot. This is true of a small budgie, a medium sized conure, or a large cockatoo or macaw. In fact, even flamingos sleep on one foot a rather funny sight to say the least! This does not mean that you parrot may not take a short nap dozing on both feet, but once it goes into sound sleep for the night, it will sleep on only one foot, hiding the other foot in its feathers. Any parrot that sleeps soundly with both feet on the perch, usually crouched low to the perch is not well.
In order to identify potential parrot disease in your bird, learn what your parrots dropping look like when it is healthy. Consistently runny droppings are a sure sign of disease. Any parrot may eat something that is watery and have droppings that are runny for a short time after eating this food, such as a juicy fruit, but the runny droppings will not continue even throughout an entire day.
A healthy parrot is a well-groomed parrot. Every day a parrot spends a great deal of time preening its feathers, distributing oil from the gland at the base of the tail onto the feathers, and keeping each feather in its proper place. Any parrot that allows its feathers to become disarrayed and seems as if it doesn’t care to groom is a sick parrot.
A runny nose, prolonged sneezing, coughing, watery eyes or discharge from the beak are certain signs of parrot disease. If these symptoms appear, seek medical help immediately to save your parrot! Any parrot will sneeze occasionally, just as people do, but if your parrot sneezes frequently, especially if you see nasal discharge, the bird is ill.
A parrot that is healthy plays and relishes its food. Eating and playing are big parts of a parrot’s day. If your parrot suddenly refuses to eat foods that it has eaten in the past, offer it some of its favorite foods. If it will not eat even its favorite treats, you have a sick parrot and need to get to a veterinarian quickly. If you parrot becomes inactive, sitting on the perch with feathers ruffled, you need to have it checked by a vet right away.
If you parrot shows any sign of parrot diseases, take it to an avian veterinarian quickly. Parrots have high metabolisms and if they are not eating well, drinking water, and acting normally, you can lose your beloved feathered pal quickly if you do not act. Don’t delay; most parrot diseases can be treated if caught early enough.