Bird lovers can attest to the fact that living with these beautiful, colorful, sensitive, and intelligent animals is one of life’s greatest joys. But while the rewards are immense, the path toward responsible bird ownership isn’t always easy. Instead, pet birds require lots of research and preparation, and a good deal of commitment.

Once your home is set up and you have a handle on the various needs of a pet bird, routine avian wellness exams can help support one of the best relationships known to humankind.

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People have been fascinated with birds for centuries, and a variety of species are kept as pets in cultures around the globe. They make excellent companions, especially if one has allergies to other types of animals. 

Not only inquisitive, entertaining, and interesting, certain types of pet birds can live a really long time. Smaller birds, like finches, typically live about 5 years. Larger birds like conures, parrots, macaws, and cockatoos can live for decades! In other words, adopting a pet bird is a lifelong commitment.

Setting the Scene

Depending on your preferences for size, appearance, personality, and behavior, it’s essential to provide for all of your bird’s needs. Since they may be around for 5-50 years (or more), laying the groundwork early can help your pet live the greatest, healthiest life. 

Speak the Truth

Birds give the impression that they don’t require much, but the truth is they are not low-maintenance pets. While they certainly can live a long life, a sick bird deteriorates rapidly. Often, symptoms of ill birds aren’t obvious until it’s too late.

Avian Wellness Exams

Pet birds require professional veterinary support throughout their lives to prevent disease, behavioral issues, and nutritional challenges. Redwood Veterinary Hospital is proud to have doctors with avian expertise.

Regular avian wellness exams give us the opportunity to address any problems, and support a balanced diet, proper sanitation, and environmental enrichment. 

Other Directions for Success

Keeping a pet bird’s environment clean is a big job, as they are collectively known for dropping food, feathers and droppings in and around their cages. Noise can also be an issue for people living in close quarters. Sure, some species can be very quiet, but they may squawk loudly throughout the day out of isolation, boredom, or loneliness. 

To support avian wellness at home owners must provide opportunities for:

  • Foraging (extracting and processing tasty foods)
  • Maintenance (such as preening, sleeping, etc.)
  • Social interaction (talking , dancing, playing games, and more)
  • Uninterrupted sleep for 10-12 hours is essential.

Here For You

If our staff members can assist you further with questions related to avian wellness, we’re always here for you at Redwood Veterinary Hospital.