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Your Exotic Pet May Have Anemia

Anemia is a common health concern in birds. Your parrot may have a mild or major case of anemia that needs veterinary testing to determine. Anemia is a secondary condition that can be a result of several ailments.

Signs to monitor for possible anemia in exotic pet

There are three ways that anemia occurs in birds. Animals develop anemia from problems causing too few red blood cells. Only an expert in avian care can order laboratory testing and examine your pet to figure out the cause of the problem. Some signs to look for between appointments are:

  • Trauma or bleeding

  • Pale color around the nostrils

  • Inability to stay on the perch

  • Sitting on the bottom of the cage for long periods

  • Weakness

  • Fainting

Exotic pet anemia test types

Birds can develop anemia with exposure to toxic chemicals like lead or zinc commonly found in bird toys and older homes or antiques. Iron deficiency in the diet can cause the bird to produce too little red blood cells. Some tests your exotic pet expert may perform:

  • X-rays to check for broken bones or foreign objects like bits of metal and paint that can damage the GI tract or cause toxicities.

  • Urine tests and fecal testing to check for blood not visible to the eye

  • Blood work checking complete blood cell count, organ function, lead and zinc levels

Routine check-ups are necessary for exotic pet anemia treatment

B y not treating anemia, a bird can develop severe health issues, so it is vital that all avian owners schedule routine exams and testing for the animal. Long Island Bird & Exotics Veterinary Clinic has the experience and technology to find the cause of anemia in your family pet.

To schedule a visit or your annual avian check-up, please call us at 516-482-1101.


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