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Signs Your Bird is Sick

Signs Your Bird is Sick

Birds are beautiful and social creatures. They provide endless companionship and fun for people who bring a feathery friend into their family. Like all pets, birds need plenty of love and attention, as well as regular veterinary care. But birds are quirky animals, so a bird specialist who understands their unique needs should handle their medical care. At North Central Animal Hospital, our team is led by one of the only three avian specialists in Arizona. Our veterinarians provide the most comprehensive routine care and emergency services for bird owners in Phoenix.

In the wild, a sick bird attracts predators. The flock will often chase the ailing bird out to protect the rest of the group. To avoid being ousted, birds will do their best to look and act normal to hide their illness from others. This hiding behavior can make it difficult to know when your pet is sick. There are a few signs you should be aware of that signal something may be wrong.

Signs of a sick bird

Less vocal: One of the first signs of a sick bird is a change in vocalization. They may sound different or make strange noises or stop vocalizing altogether. If your feathery companion isn’t singing, screeching, or chattering like normal, they might be unwell. You know your pet better than anyone, so if you feel that they have gone quiet, don’t hesitate to call us right away.

Fluffed/Puffed: Another sign of a sick bird is a change in their feathers. There are several conditions that affect the appearance of feathers. Birds often lose or pluck out their feathers when they are sick or stressed. Medical conditions can also change how feathers look. One less obvious warning sign is a puffed appearance. While some puffing is normal, especially while sleeping, a bird who remains fluffed up throughout the day should be seen by an avian veterinarian.

Standing at the bottom of the cage: Healthy birds are active fellows; playing, vocalizing, and getting up to bird mischief for most of their day. A bird who seems lethargic or less active than normal is likely in need of medical attention. If your bird is standing quietly at the bottom of the cage, don’t assume that they are just resting. We are here six days a week to address any concerns you have about your bird’s behavior.

Why choose North Central Animal Hospital?

Our caring and skilled staff would be pleased to provide you with the best bird care in Phoenix. If you think your bird might be ill, don’t wait to call us. Whether it is for a sick bird or just a routine wellness exam, the experts at North Central Animal Hospital are here for you.