Bird Health Awareness Week

Did you know that Bird Health Awareness Week starts November 5th? Of course, keeping our feathered friends healthy is important all year long! However, this is a great time to talk about keeping Polly happy and healthy. Read on as a local Oshawa, ON vet discusses bird health.

Good Basic Care

Polly’s basic needs are very simple: she will need a comfortable, roomy cage; a proper diet; and lots of TLC to thrive. Be sure to keep your pet bird entertained by providing lots of toys and perches. Keeping your winged pal’s cage nice and clean is also important.


Polly will need time out of her cage every day. Before you let your colorful little buddy out to play, you’ll need to do some birdproofing. Remove or secure toxic plants; plastic bags and wires; and any small or sharp items. Turn off any fans, and close major appliances, such as toilets.

Breed Awareness

Different types of birds can have very different needs. For instance, finches need sunlight to thrive, while other birds need buddies to be content. Do some research about your pet’s breed, and make sure you are offering Polly proper nutrition and care. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.


One thing that is very important for bird owners to understand is that our feathered friends have very sensitive lungs, and can get sick by breathing fumes that are harmless to us. Take care not to expose your cute pet to cigarette smoke, perfume, aerosols, cooking fumes, air fresheners, or the vapors from household or automotive products.

Signs of Illness

Just like any other pet, Polly is vulnerable to illness and injury. Keep an eye out for potential signs of illness in your feathered pal. Some of the things to watch for include a lack of appetite; unusual vocalizations; stiff or strange postures; lethargy; dizziness; and changes in the color, smell, or texture of your pet’s waste. Red, runny eyes, an inflamed cere, and matted or greasy feathers are also warning signs. If you notice these symptoms or any other unusual behaviors in your pet, contact your vet immediately. When it comes to treating medical problems in pets, the sooner an issue is caught and treated, the better!

Do you have questions about your bird’s health or care? Contact us today! As your local Oshawa, ON animal clinic, we are here to help!

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