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African Greys are common pet parrots known for their intelligence and ability to mimic, and may develop a repertoire that includes songs, whistles, words and electronic noises. These birds generally are affectionate family pets, but need proper care at home and routine veterinary care to maintain good health.
African Greys should receive regular veterinary check-ups every six to 12 months.Treating birds is different that treating other small animals and sick birds show subtle symptoms, so it is important to find an avian veterinarian. During your visit, the vet will ask for your bird's history, diet and behavior, and perform a basic physical exam of the parrot.
Testing and Vaccinations
African Greys should have regular blood testing as recommended by your veterinarian to check for disease or possible problems with organ function. In addition, a fecal exam checks for bacterial or yeast infections or parasites. Additional testing may be necessary if results are abnormal or your parrot shows symptoms of ill health. African Greys do not always receive vaccinations, although your veterinarian may recommend the polyomavirus vaccination.
Common Health Concerns
Some common health concerns for African Greys include respiratory disease, circovirus infection causing psittacine beak and feather disease, and nasal blockages caused by infection. Proventricular dilatation disease affects digestions, and may cause weight loss and depression. African Greys also may suffer from low-blood calcium levels or hypocalcemia syndrome. If your bird shows signs of beak swelling, lameness, loss of appetite or swollen eyes, seek veterinary care. Your vet will diagnose your bird's condition and provide treatment options.
During routine visits, your veterinarian also may trim your African Grey's wings, nails or beak as needed. When the vet trims the wings, he cuts the flight feathers to prevent the bird from flying. This is not necessary for all birds. Between regular exams, provide your African Grey with water for bathing, and keep the parrot's living area clean and disinfected.
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