Parrot care is very important so you can be sure that you don’t end up losing your parrot to a fatal disease. That means a healthy diet, plenty of chance to stretch his wings, watching for household dangers, and keeping him in a clean environment. And of course quick and proper veterinary care when it’s warranted.
If your parrot comed down with any of these symptoms, you will want to get to the veterinarian sooner rather than later.
Here are tell-tale symptoms to watch for and are extremely important to note in proper parrot care:
- change in behavior or attitude
- change in color, odor, or consistency of droppings
- change in quantity or quality of feathers (possibly as the result of self-mutilation)
- dirt around the face or feathers
- discharge from the eyes, nose, or vent
- fluffy feathers (means your bird is having a hard time regulating his temperature)
- unable to walk or hold his head up
- loss of appetite
- panting or labored breathing
- sleeping too much
The four most common diseases are:
- Aspergillosis – a fungal infection that causes respiratory distress and can be fatal
- Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) – incurable and contagious to other birds causing feather loss and beak lesions
- Pacheco’s Disease (PDV) – causes massive liver necrosis and death from this disease can occur suddenly
- Psittacosis (chlamydiosis and parrot fever) – this disease typically causes respiratory distress, but not always. It can be transmitted to humans and sometimes is without symptom
I would also mention feather plucking, though not a disease, it is of great concern for both parrot and owner.
If you notice any of these symptoms, get an appointment for your parrot right away. If you keep your parrot healthy with regular veterinarian check ups, proper diet and hygiene, your parrot will remain comfortable and happy for many years to come.
Proper parrot care is the best way to protect this beautiful creature.
For more information on diseases, go to Wikipedia.