Birds are intelligent, affectionate pets, and we love helping you to take care of them. You can help keep your bird healthy by bringing him or her in for an annual wellness exam. This will allow us to monitor any changes that occur in your pet and help prevent or catch diseases early.
Proper nutrition for your bird is very important. Each species has different nutritional requirements. For most species, a diet composed mostly of seeds is not ideal, and should be supplemented with specially formulated pellets and a small quantity of fruits and vegetables. We can help you to find the right food for your bird, and we also sell a variety of avian diets at our hospital.
The type and size of cages, perches, and toys that your bird needs will depend on their species. You should purchase the largest cage you can afford. Most birds like wide cages that they fly across. Your bird should be able to comfortably wrap his/her toes around their perches. You should have perches of different size in the cage. The best perches are made out of untreated, non toxic wood. You should never use sandpaper covered perches. Toys should be non-toxic, free of choking hazards, and stimulating for your bird. When you visit your veterinarian, bring your bird’s cage or photographs of their cage with you. That way, your veterinarian will be able to assess your bird’s environment, food, and feeding arrangements.
Recognizing signs of illness
Birds are very good at hiding signs of illness. You should monitor your bird carefully for any changes in behaviour, eating, and droppings. If your bird is lethargic, fluffed up, or breathing strenuously, we recommend you call your veterinarian right away.
You can find a wealth of information on caring for your bird in the Pet Health section of our website, under Illustrated Articles.