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BIRD TALK: Why Your Bird Needs To Relax

Stress can bring out the worst in your bird’s health

By Margaret A. Wissman, DVM, DABVP – Avian Practice

Stress! I think we all know what that word means, as we live in a world filled with all sorts of things that cause us stress. Stress is defined as a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation. Stress is also defined as a state of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium.

Well, we may have a clinical definition, but that doesn’t really explain things. What really is stress? What would be considered stress as perceived by a bird? Why does stress often lead to disease?

The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is an automatic system that controls the heart, lungs, stomach, blood vessels and glands. Because of its actions, we do not need to consciously think about our breathing, digestion or heart beating.

**For the full article, pick up the April 2008 issue of BIRD TALK**

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