Create a Parrot Health Journal
Accidents happen, parrots will get into things, fall, bounce off walls, and fall down the sides of their cages. That's the short list. An active, playful parrot tends to get into everything and try most all things during a typical day. The odds of some birdy getting hurt or banged up are there. The odds of the situation not leading to panic mode can be raised by having a healthcare system in place.
A Parrot Healthcare System includes the following:
- An Avian Vet or Exotic Generalist Vet (if no Avian Specialists are in your area). It is far more cost efficient as well as stress reducing to have a yearly wellness checkup, with blood work history on record. It is cost efficient with no stress at all to have that same professional see your bird for grooming services. By having your Avian Vet as an integral part of your Parrot's care visually and scientifically you and they are on the same page and fully aware of your parrot's health/personality/looks and tendencies. Your Vet is intimately aware of your bird. THAT will come in handy next time someone's blood feather breaks, or feather discoloration rears its head, or they start plucking, or they become morose or depressed. It shortens the investigative processes to find causes and cures if YOU AND YOUR VET ALREADY ESTABLISHED THE NORMS for your bird.
- If you do not have access to an Avian Vet/Vet or you are not in a situation that affords access nearby; you can still take steps to help when something does go wrong, or a problem arises that forces a Vet visit.
- Start a Parrot Wellness Journal! A book that can be carried with you to a Vet's office that allows them to access simple baseline information quickly. Have the simple story of your parrot first; age, how long you have been with your bird, and if possible, where they came from to you.
After the general background add these:
- Get a kitchen scale or bird scale that measures weight in grams. Weigh your bird every week. Write that down. Weight and weight changes are a big part of diagnoses.
- Keep notes on food, food intake, water intake. Nothing fancy here, maybe take a half hour on the weekend to jot down what they have been eating, or what foods have changed, their water, and liquid preferences and how they are doing in amounts.
- Take a photo of your parrot twice a year; front and back. Visual clues come in feather formation and coloring. And changes can occur slowly, and your photo library will be helpful!
- Take photos of your bird's poop once a month. I know, it sounds a bit obsessive and odd. But changes and abnormalities are based on historical baselines. Examples over time help!
This can be a journal on your computer, print it all out once a year, OR you can save it all online in a private Facebook page. No need sharing poop pictures. Unless you're proud. Who am I to judge? It's accessible via a web browser by the vet at your discretion.
If you can, and you haven't as of yet, please consider taking your bird in for a yearly wellness checkup. And consider allowing your Avian Vet to personally groom your parrot for those touch stone visits that An Avian Vet appreciates. It helps them do their job even better. And if an Avian Vet/Vet is not within your means or location do start your Parrot Wellness Journal! It is a priceless book and will only benefit your parrot's health and future. It costs nothing but your time.