Margaret A. Wissman, DVM
Posted: August 20, 2013, 5:15 p.m. PDT
Vomit may appear on your bird’s cage floor and is usually fairly liquid, consisting of undigested food, including pellet and seed pieces. A bird that has vomited will usually have a sticky appearance to the feathers surrounding the face and head, whereas birds that regurgitate will not likely have this stickiness to the feathers.
Vomiting can be a serious matter caused by liver disease, kidney disease, bacterial infections, fungal/yeast infection or ingestion of foreign or toxic substances.
Vomiting should first be distinguished from regurgitation, which is a less serious problem and is usually a sign of affection or courtship. Vomiting is a more violent action than regurgitation. In cases where your bird is found to be vomiting, a fully vet check-up is called for to determine the root of the problem.
Your vet will recommend a treatment that should be followed as directed. Always monitor your bird’s cage floor for unusual droppings or vomiting so that any problems signaled by changes in your bird’s usual habits can be caught at an early stage.
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