Birds make fun, pretty and friendly pets that the whole family will enjoy. The most popular Australian pet bird is of course the native budgie, and our vets are very experienced with the care of budgies as well as many other common and exotic pet birds.
Of course a good bird cage is essential for any pet bird—make sure it is large enough for your pet to enjoy a sense of freedom, and let tame birds out for a fly around the home regularly. Cages also need a variety of perches for your pet bird to climb on. If you have the budget and space outdoors, consider an aviary where several birds can live quite freely. Our vets can advise you on the right cage for your pet bird. Make sure to clean out your bird cage every day or two.
Birds also need a variety of toys to keep them entertained. Mirrors are good for birds living alone, as they see another bird in the reflection. Other toys include swings, ladders and bells. Some breeds of birds can chew, so make sure the toy is sturdy and isn’t coated with harmful chemicals that can be accidentally digested.
Birds thrive with plenty of attention from their human owners. So handle your bird regularly, play games and speak to your bird—you might get a reply! Some birds love to sit on your shoulder while others like to keep you company while you’re on the computer or at work round the house.
Your pet bird needs a balanced diet in order to thrive. Our vets can help you choose the right bird foods for your species of pet bird— some people are surprised to learn that bird seed is actually not a very good food source. We recommend pelleted bird foods and we are more than happy to discuss the ideal type for your particular species of bird. Birds also need a fresh supply of water for drinking and bathing. In addition they may need to be supplied with shell grit or cuttlefish to aid their digestion.
We recommend that pet bird receive annual checkups like all pets. In particular, your new bird should be checked over by an experienced vet, as there are a number of diseases that birds can transmit to others. Common ailments affecting pet birds include mites, feather plucking (usually from boredom), breathing problems or skin tumours. Our vets are experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of common bird ailments.
The popularity of backyards chickens has increased greatly over the past few years and people come to realise the many benefits of keeping them. Not only do they provide a fresh supply of eggs but they are great at keeping insects down in the garden and utilising scraps from the kitchen. But like all pets they have certain requirements and can develop some specific medical conditions. Our vets can help you keep your chickens healthy and productive.