Description: You bird may become overheated to the point of heatstroke on extremely hot days if not properly cooled. A pet bird that is not exposed to enough ventilation on hot days or a bird that is exhausted from prolonged activities, especially on hotter days, is prone to heatstroke. Heatstroke (hyperthermia) occurs when a bird cannot cool itself down adequately, and it will begin panting, the heart rate will elevate, the mucous membranes will become dry and tacky, the bird may seizure and eventually, the bird will slip into a coma and die without immediate treatment.
Your bird may be suffering from heatstroke if it is holding its wings out, panting, seems weak and has difficulty keeping its balance. Overweight birds are more prone to heatstroke than other pet birds. Birds exposed to a sudden increase in temperature that are not acclimated are more likely to suffer the effects of heatstroke. Any birds that spend time outdoors should always have shade and fresh, cool water, and should be checked frequently for any signs of discomfort from the heat.
Heatstroke occurs when a bird is unable to cool down and remove excess body heat.
Immediate Care: Mist your bird with cool water and ensure that the parrot is located in a cool, well-ventilated room. You can stand your bird in a shallow pan of cool water to cool down the feet and speed up the transfer of heat to the water. Never perform this procedure on an unconscious bird. Call your avian veterinarian and bring your bird in as soon as possible.
Long Term Care: Water and possibly electrolyte solution needs to be provided for your overheated pet bird. Consult with a vet for further instructions on dealing with heatstroke. This is always a serious condition; however, if discovered in time, and dealt with properly and effectively, the injured bird can recover completely.
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