Archive for July, 2013

A Veterinary Perspective on Bird Health

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Dear Parrot Lover,

Did you know that malnutrition is one of the most common illnesses experienced in captive pet birds today?

Sadly, this is mostly due to parrot owners not feeding their parrots a proper diet. This can easily be changed by simply learning about each parrot’s unique dietary needs. Each species of parrot has their own nutritional requirements and understanding them can truly make the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy parrot.

Every parrot in the world, wild or pet, must have access to seeds, grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables. But those parrots that are kept in captivity as pets must also have a diet that is fortified with extra minerals and vitamins.

There are many commercial parrot food companies that manufacture and sell ‘extruded’ parrot food. These can be good places to start to provide your parrot with extra nutrients. However, be careful when feeding your parrot a pelleted diet, especially commercially prepared parrot seed and pellet mixes that contain plenty of brightly colored pellets. These pretty pellets essentially consist of sugary food coloring to make them look more appealing to parrots and their owners alike. But these colorful pellets can be harmful to parrots when they are eaten over a long period of time.

There are also other foods that are highly toxic and should never be fed to pet parrots as they can be quite lethal:

Chocolate

Avocados

Rhubarb leaves

Alcohol

Caffeine

Salty foods

Fatty foods

Feeding a nutritional sound diet to a parrot also includes providing them access to clean water at all times. This means changing out their water bowls every time they get soiled. A few parrots are picky eaters and prefer to dunk pieces of their food into their water bowls, which means that you will need to change their water as soon as possible to avoid harboring any bacteria in their water bowl.

All parrots also need to be able to take baths to help keep their dander in check, especially during the summer months when temperatures can soar. You can help your parrot by placing a small bird bath or extra bowl at the bottom of his cage for him to use as a bath. If this is not possible, such as in the case of a bigger parrot and not enough room at the bottom of their cage for a bath dish, then simply use a spray bottle filled with room temperature water. Always use a very gentle mist when spraying your parrot. Never use a stream option as that can actually hurt your parrot.

A Veterinary Perspective on Bird Health

Do You Know Who Your Veterinarian Is?

Become An Expert On Parrot Care Health!

If you have ever had a dog or cat, you know that it’s pretty easy to find a qualified veterinarian if your pet gets sick. You’ve got an absolute ton of choices at your discretion.

Now, if you have a pet bird, then you know that it’s just not that easy. First, there aren’t many avian veterinarians, and if you do find one, that may be your only choice. You don’t get to be nearly as picky. That’s why it’s so very, very important that you know a lot about bird care and health so that you can hopefully prevent most diseases from happening in the first place.

Click here to learn more about avian veterinarian care

A Must Have Reference Book for Bird Care

There are a lot of ways you can try to learn about the best way to care for your bird, but you’re always best to reach for an expert, if you can. In this case, the must have book comes right from a well-respected avian veterinarian, Dr. Joel Murphy who has 21 years of clinical veterinarian experience from The Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor.

How to Care for Your Pet Bird takes everything Dr. Murphy has learned in his decades of experience and puts it into an easily accessible e-book. In 22 chapters, you will learn more than you ever thought possible about important bird care subjects like:

Choosing the right bird

Pet bird nutrition

Pet bird misconceptions

Selecting a veterinarian

Bird care

Bird illness

Emergencies

Beak issues

Feather plucking

Infectious diseases, fungal problems, and viruses from minor to severe

Parasites

Baby birds

Aviary management

You won’t find a more comprehensive e-book!

Click here to view the whole Table of Contents and information about the book

Don’t Miss Out on This Book!

“How To Care for Your Pet Bird is the consultation you always wished you could have with an avian veterinarian. A “must have” reference for every birdkeeper!” Susan Chamberlain, Contributing Editor, Bird Talk

Click to read more testimonials for this book and Dr. Murphy

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

Secrets to a Healthy Bird

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Dear Parrot Lover,

The number of parrot owners is quickly surpassing the number of cat and dog owners the world over. Unfortunately, taking care of a parrot is not the same as taking care of a cat or dog. You can’t just put food in a bowl and expect your parrot to have a trusting and loving relationship with you.

Before bringing a new parrot into your home you will
need to seriously consider a few important things.

What size cage does your parrot need? This will be determined by two factors: how big is your parrot and how big is your wallet? The bigger the bird the bigger the cage should be. In fact, your parrot will need to be able to open his wings wide and turn around in their cage without a single feather on their wings,tail or head touching any of the cage bars. You should also try to purchase the largest cage that your wallet can afford. Remember, this will be your parrot’s home for many, many years to come.

While considering the overall size of your parrot’s cage, don’t forget to consider the size of the bar spacing too. If the spacing is too wide your parrot may get his head stuck and can injure him.

Just like cats and dogs, parrots need toys too! Professional parrot trainers recommend that parrots have a minimum of 5 toys in their cage, and that all 5 should be of different kinds so that they can provide your parrot with different levels of stimulation.

In addition to the 5 different toys, your parrot will also need at least 3 different sizes of perches. This will help them stretch, relax and exercise their feet. If you also place a cement or sand perch in their
cage this will insure that your parrot will be able to keep their nails trimmed down so you won’t have to.

When choosing the cage, make sure it is one that can be easily cleaned. A clean cage will help keep your parrot healthy and ideally should be done at least once a week.

Place a cuttlebone inside your parrot’s cage to help him keep his beak trim as well.

Parrots can’t spend all their time inside their cages. They need to have a minimum of two to three hours of ‘outside’ playtime. Therefore it is a great idea to buy a tabletop play gym or freestanding tree stand for your parrot to play. Just make sure that you place it in your family room or other area where your family comes together the most in your home.

Secrets to a Healthy Bird

How Long Should Your Bird Live?

Click here to learn how to raise a healthy, happy and thriving parrot

Do you know how long you can expect your bird to live? Ideally, parrots can live for decades. It wouldn’t be unusual to reach 60 years old! Unfortunately, a good chunk of the pet birds never make it this long, but the possibility exists for your bird.

Parrots and all birds are actually fairly delicate animals, and there are several factors that can lead to illness and premature death. It is difficult to treat a sick bird. It’s much easier to simply prevent the illnesses from happening in the first place.

Click here to read more about bird health and illness causes

What Are the Factors to Health?

Maintaining a healthy and happy bird really comes down to 3 basic factors:

1. Do you have the proper cage set-up and placement?

2. Do you know how to maintain the cage for optimal conditions?

3. What are you feeding your bird? Does it provide the necessary nutrition?

It’s really that simple. The trick is knowing exactly what you should and shouldn’t be doing. Many birds die from malnutrition because they are getting only seed and not the full diet they need. Other birds die from just having their cage put in the wrong location or from having the cage improperly cleaned.

Click here to read more about common health mistakes for your bird

Follow the Foolproof System

Whether you’ve already had a bird die early or you are just learning how to properly care for your bird, you want the knowledge of someone that has been there and done that. Raising Polly: How-to Raise a Healthy, Happy, Well Adjusted Bird is just the e-book system that can help you determine just exactly what you should do to make your feathered friend live for decades.

You will learn everything you’ll need to know about preventing disease and parasites. You’ll also learn how to recognize if your bird is sick and how to fix him. Best of all, Raising Polly: How-to Raise a Healthy, Happy, Well Adjusted Bird comes with no risk to you because if you’re not happy, there is a 100% money back guarantee!

Click here to see inside Raising Polly: How-to Raise a Healthy, Happy, Well Adjusted Bird

Regards, Nathalie Roberts