Bird Care: Tips from a Bird Vet

Caring for Your Royal Oak Bird

A bird can brighten your home for many wonderful years, but only if you know how to care for him. Here are some veterinary bird care basics from Woodside Animal Clinic.

Proper diet is a critical factor in bird care. Different kinds of birds may have different nutritional requirements, so ask us what kind of pet food, fruits or vegetables will serve your particular pet’s health, and which ones may actually be toxic. (Avocado, for instance, is deadly to cockatiels.) Keep in mind that while bird seed is not necessarily harmful, an all-seed diet can cause malnutrition and reduced immune function. Make sure your bird has a generous supply of fresh water, and if he does not seem to be drinking it, bring him to us so we can determine whether he is sick.

Habitat also plays a role in the long-term health of your bird. Change the bedding regularly to maintain a hygienic environment, and choose a cage large enough to provide plenty of room for movement. Take care to “pet-proof” your home before letting your bird out of his cage so he cannot crash into a glass door or poison himself by tasting the household azaleas. Keep tobacco smoke and aerosol products well away from your vulnerable pet. Since birds thrive on companionship, give serious thought to purchasing a second bird as a cage-mate.

Our Veterinary Clinic Knows Bird Care

If you want to ensure a long and happy life for your new family member, bring him to our Royal Oak clinic for regular wellness checkups. Our bird vet, Dr. Simon, is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and his knowledge and skill can add years — and quality — to your bird’s life. We run comprehensive lab tests while also checking your bird’s vital signs, weight, and other indicators of potential illness. We can then prescribe any dietary or lifestyle changes your pet may need for optimum health.

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