Birds are the most popular pets in Australia today. Birds are available in a variety of colours, shapes, sizes and behaviours. From small budgies to large macaws and from one bird to entire aviaries full. Birds are beautiful to look at and provide a lot of joy to the pet owner. That being said, it is important to research your potential pet before purchasing a bird as they have unique requirements for cage sizes, nutrition, socialisation and more. If you have more than one type of bird, they may require completely different nutrition and housing to be happy. It is also important to have your birds checked regularly to make sure they stay in good health. It is unfortunate that birds do not show signs of illness until they are deathly ill as this is part of a survival mechanism. This means that you need to be extra vigilant and also keep up preventative health checks in a regular basis. Health examines will use diagnostic testing and physical examination to determine if there is any signs of a potential illness of disease. The sooner they are diagnosed, the greater the chance of a good outcome.
New bird check
We can do an assessment of your bird to check for abnormalities and illness. This is especially important if you already have other birds to prevent disease from spreading when you bring the new bird home. If this is your first bird, you can also use this time to get information and advice on nutrition, healthcare and more. You should also have your birds checked at least twice a year. These visits can include discussions on diet, environment and behaviour. Checks usually include a full physical, faecal and crop examination. We also trim nails if required. We can do wing trimming if required. If the bird has worms, direct worming can also be done during these check-ups.
Some of the most common tests that are performed for diagnostic purposes include:
- Microscopic faecal examination to look for parasites and bacteria and levels
- Oral and Crop examination using swabs to check yeasts, bacteria and parasites
- Gram stain to check for specific bacteria in order to determine the best antibiotic to use
- A culture may also be done to check for fungi, yeast and bacteria types in recurrent infections
- Blood tests for anaemia, inflammation and infections such as “Beak and Feather” disease
- Psittacosis (Chlamydia) testing if exposed to a chlamydia infection
- Biochemistry testing via blood sample to check blood sugar, calcium, electrolytes, liver and kidney function.
- DNA sexing via blood sample to check gender for some birds
Possible Signs of illness:
- Appearing abnormally sleepy
- Huddled of fluffed up
- Not making any sounds, very quiet
- Breathing difficulty
- Changes in faeces (colour/consistency)
- Abnormal regurgitation
- Swelling, bleeding, inflammation, wounds
- Changes in appetite
If you suspect your bird is ill, it is important to get help as soon as possible. Delays in treatment can be fatal. Contact us immediately in the case of illness so we can start treatment as soon as we determine a diagnosis.