Here the veterinarians discuss taking care of your bird to ensure that it is happy and healthy:
- Grooming: Most birds need their beaks and claws groomed and trimmed periodically, depending on the season and their species, because they have a tendency to become overgrown or rough. Sandpaper covered perches are not recommended as they may irritate your bird and make the soles of their feet rough.
- Bathing: Many birds are from rain forests or places where rainfall is excessive and would naturally bathe. Domestic birds also need to bathe regularly to keep their feathers healthy and restore shine. Provide a small container filled with water in your bird's cage, but remember that your bird has to air dry in a warm room or in the sunshine to prevent sickness.
- Hygiene: Food and water cups should be cleaned at least once (if not twice) a day with water, and occasionally with a bird safe anti-bacterial solution to prevent bacteria growth. Perches should be cleaned with soap and water often, and cage bottoms should be cleaned daily with a thorough scrubbing of the entire cage at least once a month.
Birds are good at hiding their illnesses, so Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital recommends bringing your bird in for a regular checkup just like you would with a cat or dog. Visit their website for more information about pet services including pet boarding and surgery, or call (808) 671-7387.