If you're worried that your bird might be sick, 99/100 it is!
- Sick birds are masters of disguise
- Buy and study "Caring for Birds with Love and Gratitude"
- by the time we notice that they are sick they have often already been sick for several days to weeks
- the severity of clinical signs shown does not correlated well with the severity and impact of the disease on your bird and/or you
- Many birds brought to me are found to have a combination of health issues that I can help including nutritional, behavioral, various infections with viruses, bacteria and/or fungi, various worms and other parasites, and perhaps last but not least, acute or chronic heavy metal poisoning and other poisonings from hazardous toys, perches, food and water containers!
- It helps me help you and your bird when you remember to not clean the cage just before bringing your bird to me, when you remember to put a sheet of white paper on the floor of the cage so that a few droppings fall on it and then cover that white page with clear plastic so that by the time you arrive with your bird there are some ultra-fresh perhaps still warm droppings for me to examine, including urine that hasn't soaked in in case I need to test for kidney disease or diabetes mellitus
- In many birds, if you are familiar with normal droppings, you (and your Gold Coast Bird Vet, Dr Ross Perry), can recognise signs of disease in the droppings days before it becomes obvious from looking at your bird that it is sick
- Some common signs of disease include sore eyes, nasal discharge, soiled vent, droopy wings, arched rump, droopy tail, crouching low on perch, fluffed up, soiled vent, sore feet, abnormal plumage, tail bobbing, sneezing, wheezing, short of breath, poor exercise tolerance, vomiting, slobbers, lumps and bumps, overgrown beak and/or nails, obesity, going light
- The droppings of most birds should have a firm almost dry coiled mid-green sausage of intestinal faeces surrounding an almost dry snowy bright white portion of urates and a very sparse clear surrounding margin of urine.
- Discolouration of the white part green or yellow often indicates liver disease, sometimes avian chlamydia and/or bruising or internal haemorrhage.
- Changes in the intestinal component can be indicative of a wide range of disease causes.
- The important and wise course of action on your part is to schedule an appointment with Gold Coast Bird Vet Specialist Dr Ross Perry as soon as possible by ringing 0419693279. As a holistic vet Dr Ross Perry can, if you choose, explore a variety of options of management with you.
Gold Coast Bird Vet Specialist Dr Ross Perry consulting strictly by appointment. To make appointment please ring 0419693279. Similarly long distance phone or Skype (DoctorRossPerry) or iChat (DoctorRossPerry) consultations.