There are a wide selection of birds, from big to small, that make amazing pets. Thanks to TikTok and YouTube, you can view a community of bird lovers and learn what it’s like to have these beloved creatures in your life. Before you succumb completely to bird-pet fever, keep in mind these are not easy pets. They have all kinds of medical conditions to consider and there aren’t many veterinarians who specialize in their care. That’s where we come in! To learn more about the medical services we offer birds, contact us at 403-527-4888.
Which birds make the best pets?
We don’t have favourites because there are too many to choose from! However, we can help you narrow that decision down. Consider your lifestyle and home environment. Some birds are more social than others and will need regular attention. Cockatoos, macaws, lovebirds and parrots fit this category. Without ample interaction, they can develop anxiety and wild temperaments. It’s best to give them a few hours a day of play time and conversation. Doves, canaries and pionus are independent creatures. Though they’re calm pets they still need exercise and time outside their cage.
What kind of medical conditions do birds encounter?
Birds can have mental and physical illnesses that impact their mood and bodily condition. Plucking their feathers and aggressive biting can be a sign of trauma. These are mental health issues we take care of right away. If untreated, they can be a threat to your family, guests and themselves. These concerns can be addressed through behavioural counselling. Physical diseases that impact their internal health include:
- Parrot fever (Psittacosis): a bacterial disease that is highly contagious and can be transferred to humans
- Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD): an illness that leads to feather loss and irregular growths on your pet’s beak
- Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD): mainly affects macaws and parrots and causes gastrointestinal issues such as, vomiting, weight loss and irregular droppings
- House Finch Eye Disease (Mycoplasmal conjunctivitis): a bacterial disease that causes a finch’s eye to become red, swollen and scaly
- Salmonellosis: a bacterial disease caused by salmonella that is fatal and transmitted through food, water and interaction between birds
If your bird is showing odd behaviour or has lost a noticeable amount of weight, we recommend bringing them in for an appointment as soon as possible. These could be symptoms of an internal illness or a psychological issue.