Monday, January 5, 2009

Health issues of Having Pet Birds; what should to know to reduce the risks

We all love to have pets, but sometimes we need to be cautious that we aren't causing ourselves more pain and suffering by having them.

First and foremost, when you have a pet bird or other animals such as birds in your backyard or farmhouse, you might run the risk of developing Aspergillosis. This comes from a fungus that can be established in compost piles or other areas where bird waste has composed. With your pet birds, there is little chance of getting Aspergillosis as long as you keep the cage clean, but if you have larger birds or if you have many birds on your home, there is a possibility that you could see an outbreak of Aspergillosis if you aren't cautious.

There are several signs of Aspergillosis that you should watch out for.

  • Since it is a general lung infection that comes from fungus, the clearest signs are going to be wheezing and coughing, as well as coughing up phlegm and an inability to breathe.
  • You also might find yourself disoriented, and confused, or with a high fever.

The best way to keep away from getting Aspergillosis or any other diseases is always to make sure that you are running hygienic and secure establishments. This is both for the humans as well as for the birds. You want to be sure that your animals are living in quarters that can be simply cleaned, and that are cleaned frequently, and you have to be sure that you dispose of the waste in a way that is not risky.

If you think that you or your family members have developed Aspergillosis you need to make sure that you see a doctor right away. There are various stages to the sickness, and the sooner you catch it the better you are going to be. You should always be sure that you are notifying your doctor about what is on your belongings and what you might have come into contact with as well.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Pet Health: What To Do When Your Bird is sick

Birds make amazing pets, but they need lots of work and attention. So if your bird becomes sick suddenly, it is important to give the best care possible. When your bird unexpectedly becomes sick, your very earliest step should be to call your vet. Though, there are things you can do to avoid your bird from dying and to make your bird more comfortable while waiting for your vet or while on the way to the animal hospital.

  1. Keep your bird hydrated.
    Just like humans, a sick bird can simply lose hydration, which can lead to a number of harms.

  2. Feed your bird.
    Eating is vital as well. If necessary, force-feed your bird. This will provide your bird’s body with the needed energy for fighting the illness. Your vet can instruct you on what to feed your bird and how to do it. In general, you should remove other foods from the cage to ensure that your bird is eating only the healthy foods for sick birds that you are providing.

  3. It is also important that your bird be warm.
    A heater or light can make your bird uncomfortable, but make sure that your bird’s cage is in a warm room, and provide a hot water bottle in the cage for your bird. Sick birds should have an environmental temperature of about 30 degrees Celsius, except instructed otherwise by your vet.

  4. Quarantine your bird.
    When your bird is sick, quarantine from other birds or pets is usually suggested. Have an extra, smaller cage on hand use for this function and keep the sick bird in a different room. Use disinfecting sprays when handling the sick bird and clean his or her cage often to kill bacteria. To keep the germs low, keep the water levels in the cage as low as possible and replace frequently in order to prevent bacteria from breeding.

  5. Take your bird to the local animal hospital.
    If your bird is very sick, do not hesitate to take him or her to the local animal hospital. If feasible, have someone else call or announce that you will be coming and get on the road. Early treatment is the key to saving your bird’s life in many cases. Occasionally, no matter how well you care for your pet bird, his or her health will simply suffer. Make sure that you are providing the best home possible, and the rest is up to chance. The important thing is to look after your bird when he or she is sick to help your bird heal and become well again as soon as possible.