Bird Health Awareness Week

Did you know that Bird Health Awareness Week starts November 6th? Our feathered friends can make wonderful and charming little pets! Birds do have some very specific care needs, however. Read on for some great tips from a Moorpark, CA vet on keeping Polly healthy and happy.

Comfy Cage

Making sure that Polly is comfortable in her cage is very important. Different types of birds have different cage requirements, so do some research before you go shopping. A cage is really a one-time expense, so it is something to splurge on. Get the biggest, best cage you can afford. Be sure to choose a sturdy one that is made of a safe material.

Perches and Toys

Playthings are very important for birds. Provide your cute pet with a variety of fun toys, and change them out frequently so she doesn’t get bored. You’ll also want to offer Polly several different perches. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.


Most birds need time out of their cages every day. However, before you let Polly out to play, you’ll need to take some steps to keep her safe. Some common household hazards that can endanger your feathered pal include fans; windows and mirrors; vapors, such as cigarette smoke, aerosols, perfume, and cooking fumes; other pets; sharp objects; and open water, such as full sinks or tubs. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Your winged pal’s exact care requirements will depend very much on her breed. For instance, finches need sunlight to stay healthy. Do plenty of research, so you know exactly what Polly needs.

Signs of Illness

Birds can get sick very quickly, so it’s important for you to be able to recognize signs of illness. Some common symptoms to watch for include unusual vocalizations, posture, or behavior; lack of appetite; lethargy; changes in waste; dirty or tattered feathers; and breathing difficulty. Ask your vet for more information.

Proper Diet

Make sure that Polly is getting the right type and amount of food. Before offering your colorful pet anything new, always do some research to be sure it is safe for her. Some things to avoid include chocolate; avocado; garlic and onions; candy; pitted fruits; and sugary foods. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations.

Do you have any questions about bird care? We are here to help! Contact us, your local Moorpark, CA pet hospital, anytime!

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