Birds Make Great Pets
Birds are a popular pet choice in Australia for many reasons. Smaller than many other pets, birds are intelligent and very curious animals that make great companions for people of all ages. Birds are very sociable with some able to learn how to mimic human speech and behaviours!
There are many different varieties of birds that make great pets in Australia, and at Sugarland Animal Hospital, we can help you look after all of them!
Why Choose Sugarland for your bird’s health?
At Sugarland it’s our aim to ensure that your pet is healthy, happy and nurtured. That’s why we treat every pet that visits us as if they are our own.
Visiting the vet can be stressful for both you and your pet, so we work hard to ensure both you and your pet is comfortable, and our highly qualified and experienced veterinary team work closely with you to ensure we understand the needs of both you and your pet.
If you’re looking for high quality care for your pet bird in Bundaberg, the veterinary team here at Sugarland Animal Hospital is the right team for you.Book an Appointment Now
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of birds do you treat?
Our team is extensively experienced in the health and care needs of birds of all kinds. We can help with small cage birds, poultry, large parts, wildlife and birds of any type.
You can always call us if you want to check if we can help with your feathered friend. Call us on 07 4151 3550.
How do birds get sick?
Even birds that are well looked after can still get sick. There are a wide variety of reasons that a bird may fall ill, some of which include:
- Unsuitable diet and nutrition
- Poor hygiene
- Poor living conditions and upkeep
What are the signs that my bird may be sick?
Like many other animals, birds can be very good at hiding when they are sick or unwell. However, there are a number of signs, including changes in their appearance and behaviours that may indicate they are unwell. Some of these signs include:
- Reduction in appetite or changes to their eating habits
- Weight loss
- Fluffing/Ruffled feathers
- Discharge around eyes, nose or beak
- Cloudy eyes
- Drooping eyelids
- Difficulty in breathing
- Feather look dull in appearance
- Obvious signs of trauma
- Changes in the colour, texture or appearance of beak and/or nails
Any of the above can be a sign that your pet bird is sick. If you notice any of these signs, or any changes in their behaviour or appearance, it is best to book in to see your avian vet.
How often should my pet bird visit the vet?
It is recommended that you bring your pet bird in for an annual well being check-up. Like many other animals, birds can hide their illnesses well. These check ups provide the vet an opportunity to detect early signs of illness in your birds. Early detection and treatment can help prevent an illness developing into something more serious and can often be easier to treat.
How should I take my bird to the vet?
It can be difficult to transport pets of any kind to the vet, and birds are no exception. To make it easier for you to transport your bird, there are some things you can do.
If you have a small, caged bird and their cage will fit in the car, then transporting them in this cage will make their experience a little more comfortable as it is familiar to them.
Otherwise, to help reduce stress for your bird, it is a good idea to let your bird familiarise themselves with a carrier or box you intend to transport them in.
If you are bringing your bird to the vet in its normal cage, try to refrain from cleaning out any papers you have in the cage for around 24 hours before your visit as your bird’s dropping can provide important information about their health.
If you have any questions or concerns about transporting your pet bird, you can call to discuss your options with us.