Daily Observations

Observe your pet on a daily basis for any of the following changes in his routine. Report any changes to your avian veterinarian immediately.

Preventive Care

Keep track of your bird's daily routine—if there is a change in his activity level or physical appearance, contact your veterinarian immediately.

• Changes in activity that include a decrease in activity, a bird that sings or talks less, a bird that sleeps more or a bird that demonstrates decreased responsiveness to various stimuli.

• Changes in appearance that include ruffled feathers, weakness, an inability to perch, a bird that remains on the cage floor, bleeding, injuries, convulsions or a distended abdomen.

• Breathing problems that include noisy breathing (wheezing, panting or clicking), heavy breathing (shortness of breath, open-mouthed breathing, tail bobbing), nasal discharge, a swollen area around the bird's eye or a loss of voice.

• Digestive problems including vomiting and/or regurgitation, diarrhea (it may include blood, mucus or whole seeds) or straining to eliminate.

• Musculoskeletal problems including lameness, drooping wings or a change in posture.

• Eye problems including swollen or pasted-shut eyelids, increased blinking, eye discharge, eyeball cloudiness, squinting or rubbing of the eye or the side of the face.

• Skin problems including lumps, bumps, excessive flaking of skin or beak, or overgrown beak or nails.

• Feather problems including a prolonged molt, a bird that picks at or chews his feathers or damaged

104 (broken, crushed, twisted or deformed) feathers.

Changes in food or water intake including a loss of appetite, a loss of weight, a decrease in food and water consumption, dehydration or an increase in food and water consumption.

Changes in the bird's droppings in terms of amount, consistency or color.

Observing Your Pel Bird Daily

A "Hands-Off" Examination

You should also perform a "hands-off examination of your bird each day. This requires that you observe the bird, his cage and his food and water bowls daily with the following questions in mind.

Examine the Bird

• Is there anything out of the ordinary?

• Has any routine changed?

• Are the bird's eating and drinking habits normal?

• Is the bird's level of vocalizing/singing/talking about the same?

Examine the Cage

• Are any objects in the cage missing or chewed?

• Is there anything unusual in the cage?

Examine the Cage Floor

• Are the droppings normal?

• Are there any feathers or blood on the floor?

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