HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR SICK OR INJURED BIRD

Birds are delicate animals that require the right amount of care, support, and attention for them to lead a healthy life. So when next you see an injured or ill bird, take the following steps to make sure you give him/her adequate care and treatment.

GIVE THE BIRD ENOUGH WARMTH

When a bird is ill it will sit with its feathers fluffed trying to warm itself and stay warm. But dong this places more strain on the poor animal as it is trying to recover. Take the bird to a veterinarian as they will be able to determine what exactly the bird will need, whether it be medicine or surgery or some other type of aid. Birds naturally have high temperatures, usually around 104F. So we might think they are warm but they are in fact cold. If you want to warm them you can place a blanket over their cage and also use a heat lamp to add extra warmth to the sick bird.

FREE THE BIRD FROM STRESS

When a bird is working to heal itself you want to make sure that it is in a stress free environment. Observe the birds surroundings and make sure that they don’t have any stress factors near them that will cause them more stress. Be sure that they are in a quiet area, not a place where there is a lot of noise in the house so that they can get proper rest. Don’t put them near a load area with lots of movement or load noises like the kitchen.

FEED THE BIRD

If the bird has certain dietary recommendations from your vey be sure to stick to them so that your birds body is at its best nutritionally and the bird is able to heal itself from the inside out. Variation in the type of diet will cause significant stress to your bird and should start when the bird has recovered.

Make sure you talk about how and when to make changes to their with your pet’s doctor. I recommend offering all the bird’s favorite foods during illness because many ill birds become anorexic and weak due to starvation. If your bird is usually a seedeater but not currently eating, try placing millets sprays in the cage which most birds enjoy.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION

When the sickness is noticeable be sure that you take the bird to the vet so that they are able to properly check on the bird and they will determine what is the best corse of action.    Sadly, many people will think that their pet is getting better and don’t realize that a follow-up exam is necessary. It is very important that you take the bird in for regular check ups even if you think it has recovered. This will let the vet monitor the progress of the birds recovery and make sure that they are making the proper recovery.

These visits are a way of ensuring your bird remains healthy by enforcing the changes required. Additionally, lab values can be rechecked to ensure that the patient is genuinely making progress and not just feeling good enough to be attacked again.