Determining whether or not your parakeet is sick may be a mystery to you, but looking for these tell-tale signs can help you decide when it is time to seek veterinary help.
1. Look for obvious signs of sickness or injury. Bleeding, swollen feet or joints and lumps on the body are all clear signifiers that your parakeet needs medical attention.
2. Changes in the parakeets activity may also be caused by sickness. Changes in routine, inactivity, lethargy, changes in vocalization, staying at the bottom of the cage, weakness or inability to perch are all likely to be caused by sickness. Be careful with this one, though. Change in routine can also be caused by something simple such as a new feature in the cage or new cage placements. Parakeets are easily worked up.
3. Note changes in feeding habits. These include loss of appetite, weight loss, or excess eating.
4. Look for sneezing, abnormal eye closing, sweeling around the eyes, changes in eye color, or dishcarge from eyes and/or nose.
5. Observe your parakeet for signs of wheezing or vomiting. Open mouthed breathing while your parakeet is asleep or at rest, tail bobbing with each breath, head shaking, or seeds being sprayed while eating are all signs of wheezing.
6. Pay close attention to your parakeets feathers. Soiled feathers, discoloration, or feathers being puffed up for long periods of time can mean that your parakeet is sick.
7. Parakeet droppings can be a signal of sickness. You’ve probably become used to the appearace of average droppings, so it should be easy to pick out changes such as seeds in droppings, loose dropping, color