Parakeet Illness – How to Tell If Your Parakeet Might Be Ill
When you own a parakeet you need to familiarize yourself with the signs of parakeet illness. As with most pets it is unlikely your parakeet will go through their entire life without an illness. Here are some of the symptoms which you should watch for.
If your parakeet starts sleeping excessively, having trouble staying up on a perch, or your discover them resting on the floor of the cage, it is time for concern. Take a few moments to think through the other symptoms and then give your vet a call.
Puffing or poofing up of their feathers is a normal behavior for parakeets, but it is abnormal for them to remain that way. Normally if you find them staying with their feathers puffed up they are trying to get warm. If the home is in a normal temperature range it is highly possible they are running a fever.
It is very rare to see anything coming out of your parakeet’s eyes or nose. If you starting seeing any kind of discharge assume a parakeet illness has struck and give your vet a call. They will want to take a closer look at your bird to decide what actions might help.
Even though it may seem your bird is constantly making a mess of the cage with droppings, keep a close eye on this important indicator. Noticing their stools are happening more often, are not staying consistent, could indicate an illness with accompanying diarrhea. If you notice your bird is not making their normal mess, this should produce just as much alarm. If your parakeet is eating normally, they should be producing plenty of waste.
One important indicator can come directly from your parakeet. If you parakeet is normally very calm, or quiets down easily, but is now constantly squawking and making a racket, they are probably trying to tell you something. Sometimes this is their way of reporting a problem to us. They are making their discomforts and demands known. If the behavior is abnormal you should always try to discover the root cause. It could be as simple as being annoyed at the family cat, or it could be a complaint of needing help. Listen, check it out, and then decide what actions your bird is needing.
Your local veterinarian may have a good understanding of bird illness, or may not. Ask them before committing to their clinic being your choice. In larger cities there are often veterinarians specializing in avian medicine. These vets know all the signs of parakeet illness, know the proper blood tests, and are up to date on the latest treatments.
Do not take any parakeet illness lightly. Some diseases which afflict a parakeet can be transferred to humans. Take care to wash your hands carefully after handling a sick parakeet, using a good antibacterial soap. By learning to be observant and taking prompt action, you can have a healthy parakeet which lives up to 15 years.