Your E-mail:
Will your bird get a holiday gift this year?


Printer Friendly

Weight Loss

If your bird loses 10 percent of its body weight, it could be a sign of illness.

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM
Posted: August 22, 2013, 1:00 p.m. PDT

DESCRIPTION OF

Your bird’s weight can healthily fluctuate if it is a slight change in weight, but if your pet bird loses more than 10-percent of its body weight, an illness may be the cause.

SYMPTOMS OF

Malnourished birds may begin to loose a significant amount of weight. Aside from the noticeable weight loss, your bird’s keel bone may become more prominent, indicating unhealthy weight loss.

Sudden weight loss could mean infections such as asperigillus, myobacteriosis, intestinal parasites or cancer.

IMMEDIATE CARE

If your bird experiences a sudden drop in weight, immediate medical attention is needed to determine if an underlying infection is the cause.

LONG-TERM CARE

Weigh your bird on a regular basis, doing it at the same time of day each time to get a more accurate reading of you bird’s condition. Gram scales as opposed to ounces will allow you to recognize slight changes easier.

Disclaimer: BirdChannel.com’s Bird Health section is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your bird’s health if you suspect your pet is sick. If your pet is showing signs of illness or you notice changes in your bird’s behavior, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.

 Give us your opinion on
Weight Loss

Submit a Comment or
Join Club
Earn 1,000 points! What's this?
Top Products
d
BirdChannel Home | Bird Breeders | Bird Species | Related Links | BirdChannel Editors and Contributors
DOGS | CATS | FISH | HORSE | REPTILES | SMALL ANIMALS | HOBBY FARMS
                       | Birds USA |  
Disclaimer: The posts and threads recorded in our message boards do not reflect the opinions of nor are endorsed by I-5 Publishing, LLC nor any of its employees. We are not responsible for the content of these posts and threads.
Copyright ©  I-5 Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.
Our Privacy Policy has changed. Your California Privacy Right/Privacy Policy
Advertise With Us  |  SiteMap  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Use  |  Community Guidelines | Bird eClub Terms
BirdChannel Newsletter Signup | Link to Us | About Us | More Great I-5 Sites
Gold Standard

*Content generated by our loyal visitors, which includes comments and club postings, is free of constraints from our editors’ red pens, and therefore not governed by I-5 Publishing, LLC’s Gold Standard Quality Content, but instead allowed to follow the free form expression necessary for quick, inspired and spontaneous communication.

Become a fan of BirdChannel on Facebook Follow BirdChannel on Twitter
Get social and connect with BirdChannel.



Hi my name's Harry Winston

Visit the Photo Gallery to
cast your vote!
Information on over 200 critter species