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									Obesity and your Pet Bird

It may not seem like a common problem, but obesity in pet birds can really take a toll of
your pet’s health. In reality, many pet birds are obese. When your pet bird is obese, he or
she is at risk for a number of medical conditions and may be more susceptible to diseases.
If your pet bird is obese, it is important to talk to your vet about how to help your bird
lose weight and begin to maintain a healthy body weight instead.

The first step to treating obesity is, of course, determining if your pet bird has a problem.
Each pet bird species has a different target weight—you wouldn’t expect a macaw to
weight the same as a lovebird! There’s also a range for bird weight, just like humans.
Birds are typically weighed in grams, and this can be done at home if your bird is well
trained or your bird can be weighed at the vet’s office. Either way, your vet should be
able to tell you if your pet bird is of the right weight.

You can also look for signs of obesity in appearance. Like humans, birds can get a double
chin, which is basically a roll of fat under the beak. Fat also causes the feathers to fall
out, so bald patches indicate large deposits of fat. You should also be able to see depots
of fat on your bird when handling him or her, and so you should look for yellow or white
deposits under the skin, especially around the thighs and upper breast.

If your bird is obese, it could be because your bird is not getting enough exercise or is
eating a diet that is high in fat. This is really a possibility if your bird is fed human foods,
which are very inappropriate. You can help your bird with the obesity problem by
stopped this kind of feeding, and you can add toys to the cage and play with your bird
often to help him or her be more active.

You vet can also help you help your bird get back to a normal weight. Certain
medications are possible if you bird is developing other health problems due to obesity.
Low-fat diet food is also available for your bird. When you care about your bird’s health,
you give him or her the best care possible. Talk to your vet about ways to keep your bird
from getting obese and prevent disease.

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