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What You Need To Know About Your Pet Bird

Feathery, colorful and the right amount of musical, birds can bring a unique personality to you and your family. Just as with all pets, knowing how to care for your bird and what to look out for regarding potential health issues is a crucial part of being a happy bird owner. Keep reading to learn more.

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When learning how to care for a pet bird, it’s important to remember that they, just like humans, require a certain level of security to live happy and healthy lives. Consider the following to make sure you’re mindful of your bird’s well-being:

  • Housing: Birds need cages big enough for them to spread their wings and move around. The cage should be non-toxic and strong to hold up against any dismantling attempts from your bird.
  • Perches: Perches provide a place for your bird to rest or play. While you can choose to layer your perches, be sure to position them clear of water bowls.
  • Food and Water: A healthy diet of about 75 percent pellet-based food and 25 percent low-fat human foods (such as grapes, apples, bananas, corn, broccoli, carrots, yams or peas) along with water is the key to a healthy bird. Keeping the water and food bowls at the other end of the cage will also encourage exercise.
  • Hygiene: We recommend cleaning the cage daily and paying attention to unusual-looking droppings.
  • Grooming: Nail and wing trimming are common types of regular bird grooming. Be sure to be extra careful when doing so to optimize your bird’s health.



Health Issues For Birds

Bird owners should always be on the lookout for signs of common health issues. Being proactive can help you keep your bird healthy and live a longer life. Check out some of the bird health problems explained below to learn more about the most widespread bird health problems:

  • Avian Flu: All birds are at risk for avian flu, but washing your hands and spending ample time around your pet bird will help boost immunity.
  • Parasites: Parasites are a nasty reality that can sometimes turn lethal. Keeping your bird’s immune system strong via a nutritional diet is key to parasite prevention.
  • Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD): This deadly virus means feather breakage and abnormal growth for your pet bird. If you notice either sign, call your vet immediately.
  • Egg Binding: This occurs when an egg takes longer than usual to pass through the birds laying system. You can spot this common health issue by looking for labored breathing, constipation and loss of energy.


When To Call A Bird Vet

From the moment you notice something is off about your pet, it’s a good idea to give your bird vet a call. If you hold off on calling a vet, you risk overlooking key elements of the most common health issues for birds.

Bird Veterinarian In Sarasota, Bradenton And Lakewood Ranch, FL

We proudly provide treatment services for exotic pets. If you’ve been thinking about adopting a bird or have any questions about the information above, call us at (941) 253-5218 or contact us online today. You can also visit our office in person, conveniently located in Bradenton, Florida.


Contact us today to learn more, or request an appointment for your bird online.

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What Our Clients Have To Say

Yesterday was our first visit to this clinic. I brought my 6 year old Goffin Cockatoo Chance in for a wellness check and nail trim and also to discuss her ongoing feather plucking issues. Dr. Leigh Samanowitz was Amazing as were all the staff.

Margie Bauer

We’ve always had a great experience at University Animal Clinic. The doctors and team are all very knowledgeable and friendly. They get back to you in a timely manner and work with you when it comes to scheduling appointments.

Natalie Platt

I’m from New Jersey and our dog was hit by a car the day we arrived. The staff at the clinic were amazing. We went to the cliniceget out dog’s stitches out and both JJ (the nurse) and Dr. Sam both sat on the floor to make him feel comfortable.

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Dr Sam was very sweet, knowledgable and took the time to explain everything to me. The nurses and front desk staff were wonderful.

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Stephen Pierannunzi SR

The team at University Animal Clinic is so compassionate and caring, organized and punctual, responsive and appreciated!! Thank you so very much for all of your support and expertise.

Tamara Knapp

I took my galah Rosie for a general physical. The staff and vet took the time to show me (as a new bird owner) how to clip nails and wings and what to look for as far as outward signs of her health.

Susanne Arbagy

I just moved to Florida, and looking for a veterinarian I came across university animal clinic walking around the plaza so I decided to stop in and get information on the veterinarians, the women at the front desk was so kind and caring, I unfortunately forgot her name.

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