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A wheezing pet bird will have a difficult time breathing and there will be a noticeable obstruction of some sort or squeaking as it breathes.

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM
Posted: August 26, 2013, 1:00 p.m. PDT


Wheezing in pet birds is described as having a difficult time breathing and a noticeable obstruction of some sort or squeaking as it inhales and/or exhales.


Numerous upper respiratory infections could be the cause of a wheezing bird. One of the clinical signs of Aspergillosis and Papillomavirus is wheezing. Pet birds surrounded by smokers or in an environment lacking clean, filtered air may exhibit wheezing.


Place your bird in a well-ventilated room and see an avian vet for a full work-up to determine the source of the problem. Your vet should recommend treatment and possibly medications to administer your pet bird if an infection is found to be the cause.


Always keeping your bird in an environment with pure air can deter wheezing that is caused by smoky or unclean air. A quality air filter can catch harmful substance in the air so that your pet bird does not inhale them.

Disclaimer:’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.

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