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Samford Pet Resort Looks at Common Pet Bird Diseases

Last updated 6 years ago

Keeping your bird disease free is important for good overall health and if you want to use a pet hotel when you’re away from home and can’t take your feathered friend along with you.

Early detection

Detecting the first signs of illness is vital as some bird diseases can progress very rapidly. If you notice any changes in your bird’s health, behaviour or appearance, contact your vet immediately. General symptoms to look out for include:

  • listlessness
  • ruffled feathers or poor plumage
  • discharge or infection of eyes and nostrils
  • disinterest in food or water


Psittacosis comes from bacteria called ‘Chlamydia Psittaci’ which is airborne or spread in the faeces of birds. This disease infects both wild and pet birds as well as humans so early detection is important, for your pets and your own health. Look out for nasal discharge, red eyes, respiratory tract inflammation and a ruffled appearance.

Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD)

The cause of PDD is not known but this avian illness can wreak havoc. PDD can spreads amongst pet or caged birds, and symptoms include loss of weight and condition, vomiting and a swollen crop and/or stomach.

Fungal and yeast infections

Various types of fungal and yeast infections can affect birds and are often associated with food, air conditioning or poor ventilation, leading to humidity or wet cages. Look out for changes in your pet birds droppings and behaviour.

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For more information on pet resorts in the North Brisbane area, contact Samford Pet Resort on (07) 3188 0934


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