CLINIC AND CHECK UP
Owning, or rather, becoming a companion to a bird is a larger
responsibility and a difficult task. Birds are very reserved
and hide their illness and hence it becomes very difficult
to know whether anything is wrong with him unless you are
very alert and vigilant. Trust yourself. If someone tells
you to treat your bird in a fashion that makes you uncomfortable
or give your bird something that you don't think that he or
she should have, follow your heart and/or ask many other people
for their opinions. But always trust your heart. This is your
companion that needs your love, care and attention and trusts
that you will always look out for his/her best interests.
It is important that even before you bring your bird home
you should find a good avian (bird) veterinarian in your area.
You should be able to do this either through the pet store
that you purchase your bird from, other veterinarians, or
asking other bird owners in the locality. Take your bird first
to the vet for a thorough check up after bringing him home.
Because birds are not domesticated like dogs and cats, they
hide diseases very well to protect themselves from predators.
This also leads to making sure that a bird is healthy which
is a difficult task, it's hard to tell just by looking and
your vet will need to do a few tests, to check for any bacterial
Bacterial infections can be very common with hand fed birds
and are easily treated and cured. Your vet may also recommend
a blood test to make sure that all the levels of vitamins
and blood cells are normal. This will also allow the vet to
maintain record of your bird's history of illness in case
your bird ever becomes ill and which he can have to compare
Even if getting your bird checked up by a vet will be expensive
but it will save you the heartbreak of bring home a hand fed
baby parrot only to lose him or her in a matter of months.
Most responsible bird sellers will allow you some sort of
health guarantee. This is usually based within a short time
frame, usually one to two weeks, for you to have the bird
examined and pronounced healthy.
However don't forget to take him regularly to your vet for
fortnightly check up since that will keep you tension free.
If you notice any abnormalities like less appetite, drowsiness,
not interested to play with his favourite toy then immediately
take him to the vet and get him checked. Better be on the
safe side than repent.