Birds are intelligent and beautiful animals. They can make great pets, but require a lot of responsibility to keep them healthy and happy. Here are some tips to help your new relationship get off to a great start:
MAKE SURE TO KNOW HOW TO PROPERLY CARE FOR YOUR PET. CONSULT AN AVIAN VETERINARIAN ON:
- Choosing the right cage ensuring the proper size, material, and appropriate perches and toys.
- Consider the location where your bird will live once you bring him/her home.
- Avoid exposure to toxins, including fumes and foreign objects, since birds have sensitive lungs and are very inquisitive.
- Choose a balanced diet for your bird to keep your bird healthy for years to come
- How to provide your bird with regular sunlight (UVB) and bathing as needed.
WE RECOMMEND SCHEDULING A NEW ADOPTION EXAMINATION WITH AN AVIAN VETERINARIAN. THESE VISITS ARE IMPORTANT TO ALLOW THE VETERINARIAN TO HELP YOU WITH THE TOPICS ABOVE AND FOLLOWING:
- Signs of illness are often visible on regular examinations before they are outwardly seen by pet owners. This is because birds are very skilled at hiding their sickness and symptoms.
- Many bird behavior or physical problems could be related to their environment and husbandry, so it is essential to have the Veterinarian review these regularly
- Birds need grooming too. It is important to have your bird’s nails trimmed regularly. Some birds may also need their beaks or wings trimmed. It is important to have a Veterinarian show you how to do these procedures to avoid injuring your bird. Many people opt to have the veterinary team perform these procedures instead of doing them at home.
- In larger birds, it is also a good idea to get baseline bloodwork. This allows for levels to compare to in the event your bird becomes ill since all birds are different. This may also uncover illnesses that have yet to show outward signs.
- Once you own your bird, the leg band is no longer necessary. We advise having the Veterinarian remove the band to avoid injuries such as broken or sprained legs. Never try to remove the band on your own.
IN ADDITION TO REGULAR WELLNESS VISITS, YOUR BIRD SHOULD ALSO BE SEEN BY THE VETERINARIAN IF YOU NOTICE ANY OF THESE SIGNS:
- Puffed up or ruffled feathers
- Open-mouth breathing
- Tail bobbing
- Decreased appetite
- Unable to perch or perching abnormally
PLEASE CALL ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF DAUPHIN COUNTY TO SCHEDULE YOUR NEW ADOPTION EXAM AT 717-652-1270.