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4 Do's And Don'ts For Parrot Health Care

If you're a first time parrot owner, you must understand that keeping a companion bird requires specific care and precautions. In addition to providing a nutritious diet, there are a few measures to take to ensure your parrot does not end up in the animal hospital due to illness or injury. Before you bring your feathered friend home, here are a few do's and don'ts to keep in mind:

1. DO Be Sure to Have the Bird's Wings Clipped

While your parrot is out of the its cage for play time, it could get hurt or in trouble by flying into objects or out of an open door or window. Having the veterinarian (or bird breeder) clip your bird's wings will prevent it from flying high and far. A clipped bird may still be able to glide for a short distance.

2. DON'T Feed Your Parrot a Predominantly Seed Diet

Your parrot will require nutrients not found in seeds alone. It will need protein and amino acids, in addition to vitamins and minerals. Choose a well balanced pelleted diet (formulated for your species of parrot) that includes all of these nutrients. It's best to introduce your parrot to pellets at a young age so the bird will become accustomed to them and accept them.

In addition to the pellets, you may feel a seed mix as a treat, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. Some hard boiled egg will add protein, and you may feed a small portion to your pet a few times a week. Never feed your bird chocolate or avocado, as these foods are toxic to birds.

3. DO Find Yourself a Qualified Avian Veterinarian or Animal Hospital That Treats Exotic Pets

Not all animal hospitals will treat exotics. Call ahead to be sure the animal hospital treats parrots and is staffed with an experienced avian veterinarian. At the animal hospital, you will want to have your parrot weighed and tested for disease. A gram stain and a blood count should be performed to rule out any signs of illness or disease. Consider places like Phoenixville Animal Hospital - R B Wolstenholme DVM for your pet care.

4. DON'T Overheat Non-Stick Cookware If You Own Birds

Non-stick coating (known as Teflon) contains the chemical polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). When cooked at high temperatures and overheated or burnt, the coating will emit fumes that are toxic to birds. Many pet birds have become seriously ill or have died when exposed to the toxicity of overheated non-stick coating. Rather than risk the danger, you might want to replace your non-stick cookware with aluminum pots and pans. Check labels and be sure any appliance or cookware you use does not contain PTFE.  

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Older Animals Need Extra Special Care

I have always been an animal-lover, and while my family had cats when I was growing up, after I graduated from college and had my own place, I adopted my first dog. I did a lot of research on dog care before adopting him to help make sure I care for him properly and continue to research pet health tips to this day. Now that he has reached his "golden years," I realize that is is more important than ever to monitor his health. I take him to the veterinarian every year for a wellness check-up and give him a couple of health supplements. I am proud to say that he is in amazing health for his age! I want to help others learn how to care for their pets well, especially senior dogs and cats, so I decided to start a blog to share my pet care tips on!


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