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Signs of Illness
Most companion bird species are prey animals in the wild, because of this, they typically will hide signs of illness for as long as possible. This can make it difficult for owners to detect an emerging illness in a pet bird. Annual physical exams are an essential part of keeping your pet bird healthy and detecting early signs of illness. The most common signs of illness in birds are: fluffed, sitting on the bottom of the cage, decreased appetite, difficulty breathing (tail bobbing), feather picking, decreased vocalization, and any change in normal behavior. You should call us immediately if your pet bird is exhibiting any of these symptoms. Most birds are seriously ill by the time they start displaying any symptoms of illness.
Overgrown beaks can be a sign of liver disease. Blood work will help diagnose any underlying medical problems in your pet bird.