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Above all, your bird's health is top priority. While most bird owners do everything within their power to protect their feathered friends from illness or injury, at times accidents do happen, and we need to be prepared. Here you will find information on the more common diseases and parasites that affect birds, signs and symptoms of illness, how to find an avian veterinarian, common household poisons and toxins, first aid procedures for emergency care, and tips on preventing accidents and illness.

Avian Flu in Pet Birds: Should You Be Concerned?
Facts and information about the H5N1 avian influenza virus and whether or not bird owners should be concerned. Find out what types of influenza affect birds, what to do to prevent exposure, and what health organizations say about the avian flu.

Bird Anatomy - Internal and External
Have you ever wondered what a gizzard is for? Ever pondered what exactly a bird's beak is made out of? Look here for a quick lesson in the basics of avian anatomy, both internal and external. Knowing how your bird's body works can be valuable if your pet ever gets ill or injured -- be an informed and prepared owner by learning about the building blocks that make up your bird.

Can My Bird Make Me Sick?
Diseases that can be passed from animals to humans and vice versa are called zoonotic diseases. Those interested in becoming bird owners often wonder if there are any diseases they could catch from their potential feathered friends. The answer is yes -- read on to learn more.

Choosing a Qualified Avian Vet
One of the biggest responsibilities of bird ownership is protecting your pet's health. Locating a reputable avian vet is the first step in making sure your bird leads a long and happy life. Look here for tips on finding a good doctor for your bird, things to look for, questions to ask, and more!

Common Diseases in Pet Birds
As bird owners, it's important to be aware of the diseases and disorders that can affect our precious pets. Early detection of illness is key to successful treatment in pet birds, and is indeed important to their survival in many cases. Read on for an overview of some of the most common illnesses that affect birds in captivity, and how to recognize their symptoms. If you notice your own bird exhi…

Common Parasites in Birds
An article on the most common parasitic infestations in birds, including information on their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Discussion on worms in birds, mites in birds, and more.

Do Birds Get Depressed?
Do you think your bird could be depressed? If you think you have a depressed bird on your hands, check here to learn about the signs and symptoms of avian depression, and what you can do to get your bird on the fast track to health and happiness.

Exotic Birds and Humidity
A brief discussion on the humid environment that exotic birds need, and how to easily provide it.

How to Fix a Broken Blood Feather
If your bird breaks a blood feather, it's important to act quickly to get the situation under control. Look here to find out what to do if your bird breaks a blood feather, and how to handle the situation in the least stressful way.

How to Tell if Your Bird is Sick
Is your pet bird feeling a bit "under the weather?" Look here for valuable information on identifying the signs and symptoms of illness in pet birds, and tips on treatment options and preventative care. Knowing what to look for can save a bird's life -- be angel to your bird by learning how to recognize when he needs veterinary care.

Hygiene and Pet Birds
Keeping a pet bird healthy and happy depends on many things, but one of the most important in hygiene. Read on to learn about using proper hygiene around your bird to protect the health of both you and your feathered friend!

What are Stress Bars?
Does your bird have little bars or stripes running across the shafts of his feathers? If so, your pet may have stress bars, a feather condition that can be a strong indicator of the state of your bird's health. Read on for photos and more information.

What Is Egg Binding?
A short article on egg binding in parrots and other pet birds.

What is Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD)?
A look at Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PFBD) including its symptoms, treatment, and a list of bird species most prone to PBFD.

Why Does My Bird Have a Flaky Beak?
Common causes of "flaky" looking beaks in pet bird species.

Bird First Aid
A quick-reference guide to providing basic first aid and emergency care to sick and injured birds.

Common Skin and Feather Disorders in Pet Birds
An article packed with information about common skin and feather problems in pet birds.

Find Your Local Avian Veterinarian
This is a handy search tool that will help you locate an avian veterinarian in your area.

Rate and Review Your Bird's Veterinarian
Reviews of local avian veterinarians who treat pet parrots and other exotic birds. Check out what these bird owners have to say about these avian veterinarians and share your comments on your bird's own vet for other bird owners to learn from!See submissions

Exercise and Pet Birds
Could your pet bird use more exercise in his daily routine? Getting plenty of exercise is the key to good physical and mental health in pet parrots and all captive pet birds. If your feathered friend is in need of a new fitness routine, don't miss these handy tips for increasing your bird's activity level. The improvement in your pet's health...

Ways to Raise Funds for Your Bird's Health Care
Veterinary bills can be a hefty expense, especially for bird owners. If you need some advice on raising funds to cover your bird's vet bills, check out this article for some creative tips and ideas!

How to Make a Basic Bird First Aid Kit
Accidents and emergencies can strike at any time -- and most often at the most inconvenient times. Because of this, it's important for bird owners to have access to a bird first aid kit at all times, so that they can help their pets in the event of sudden injury. Read on to learn how you can assemble your own basic bird first aid kit at home,...

Pet Bird Health Trivia Questions
Think you know more about pet bird health than other bird owners? If so, try out this fun and interesting bird health quiz. These bird health trivia questions are a neat way to test your knowledge and learn something new about bird health care at the same time.

5 Signs That Your Bird Needs to See a Vet
Do you know how to tell if your pet bird needs to see a vet? When birds become ill it's often very serious, so it's important to be able to recognize the signs that your bird could be getting sick. Check out this article to learn about 5 sure signs that your bird should see a veterinarian. It will help you become a more informed and better...

Signs of Stress in Pet Birds
Like humans, birds can experience stress, and it can take a sizable toll on their mental and physical condition. Health is a top priority of bird owners, so it is important to minimize all risks to a pet bird's health and well being. This includes reducing factors that can cause a bird to become stressed in its environment. Read on to learn more...

5 Bird Health Issues You Should Know About
As a bird owner, it's obviously a good thing to learn about the various health issues that can affect our feathered friends. Illnesses in pet birds can manifest very quickly, and more often than not, they can be quite serious. However, some bird health issues are far worse than others. Read on to learn about 5 of the most serious bird health...

Ways to Give Your Bird More Exercise
Like people, parrots and other pet birds need exercise. Make sure that your feathered friend is getting enough exercise to maintain his or her health by following the tips in this article on providing adequate exercise for pet birds. It can be a snap to get your pet bird in tip top physical shape if you know how to do it correctly!

Bird Poop 101
Bird experts are always telling people that they should monitor their birds' poop, but what exactly should they look for? Find out in this insightful article on the difference between healthy and unhealthy bird droppings.

5 Signs that Your Bird is in Pain
Is your pet bird sick? Do you worry that your feathered friend could be in pain? If so, don't miss the information in this article. Read on to learn about 5 telltale signs that your bird is in pain, and learn what you should do to help your feathered friend.

Common Bird Health Care Questions
Even seasoned bird owners can find themselves easily confused by the vast amounts of information that's out there about bird health care. Read on to find out about some of the most common health care questions that bird owners have, what experts and vets recommend, and how you can make sure that your feathered friend stays in the best possible...

When to Call Your Bird's Vet
Afraid that your pet bird might be sick? Bird can be very good at hiding symptoms of illness. Check out the information here to find out if you should schedule a visit with your bird's veterinarian.

How to Prevent Illness in Birds
No one wants their pet to get sick, but the harsh reality is that there are untold health risks that pet birds encounter every day. Even so, there are a few things that you can do to help keep your bird from getting sick. Follow the tips in this article to ward off many of the most common illnesses in birds by creating a healthier all-around...

Parrot Lice: What Bird Owners Should Know
Did you know that pet parrots can harbor lice? As scary as it sounds, it's true -- so it's important for bird owners to know how to identify a lice infestation and seek proper treatment. Keep reading to discover information that will help you keep your parrot and your home healthy and parasite-free!

Your Bird's First Vet Visit
Visiting a veterinarian with your pet bird can be a lot different than it is when you visit with a cat or dog. Check out this article to find out what you should expect!

Sunlight and Pet Birds
It may come as a surprise, but one of the biggest health benefits that most pet birds miss out on is exposure to sunlight. Learn about the beneficial effects of sunlight and how it can help pet birds lead longer, healthier, happier lives in captivity.

Bird Feather Health
Caring for your bird's feathers can be easy if you know how. Check out the tips in this article to learn how to identify problems with your bird's feathers, treat and fix any feather health issues that may arise, and maintain your bird's plumage so that he or she looks and feels her absolute best!

Bird Beak Health
A healthy beak is key to a healthy pet bird, but it can be tough to figure out how to maintain a bird's beak properly. Read on to learn the signs of an unhealthy bird beak, what you can do to fix it, and how to prevent beak problems in the future!

Most Common Reasons for Bird Vet Visits
Wondering what some of the most common medical problems with pet birds are? Look no further -- read on to discover the most common reasons that pet birds have to see the vet, and what you as an owner can do to avoid them!

How to Help Your Bird Gain Weight
Does your pet bird look skinny? It's very important for a bird to maintain a healthy body condition -- if you think that your feathered friend could stand to gain some weight, check out this article for healthy options that will help.

Do Birds Sleep?
Ever wondered about your pet bird's sleep cycle? Discover the ins and outs of your feathered friend's resting period in this FAQ!

Is Your Bird Sick?
Has your bird seen better days? Read on to learn how to quickly tell if your bird is sick and not feeling well.

5 Signs That Your Bird is Depressed
Are you concerned that your pet bird might be depressed? If so, then don't miss this list of symptoms that can signal depression in pet birds. If your bird is suffering, then there are several things that you can do to make your pet healthier and happier.

5 Things That Can Hurt Your Bird's Respiratory System
If you've heard that birds have delicate respiratory systems, then you heard right -- read on to learn about the most common irritants and how you can keep your feathered friend protected.

5 Most Poisonous Foods to Birds
Want to know which types of foods to avoid sharing with your bird? Learn about the most poisonous foods to birds in this handy list.

Do Birds Need Annual Vet Visits?
Find out whether or not you should schedule a vet check for your pet bird here!

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