Animals

Care of the beak and legs of our birds

Some time ago we dedicated an article to the nails of dogs and cats and now the time has come to dedicate it to our little birds (canaries, parakeets, lovebirds, parrots, etc.)

The excessive growth of the beak of our birds is something that often goes unnoticed for the owners, but it becomes a serious problem since the bird comes at a time that has great difficulties to take the food, which entails.

If we ever notice that the beak of our bird, especially the upper part, is very swollen, even preventing full opening, or if our bird stops eating but we see that it goes to the feeder, we will surely have this problem. Sometimes, when the problem takes time, the peak ends up deforming and the upper and lower parts move laterally like a scissor and it is an irreversible process.

What can we do? I, as a professional, recommend that you take it to the veterinarian, to check if it is really a problem of overgrowth of the beak and, if necessary, to proceed with its trimming, which is done carefully and trying not to cut more than precise and not cause bleeding. I attached a photo for you to see.

Once the cut is done we can put our bird hard things to peck and wear the beak or, if not, periodically visit the veterinarian to trim it before the problems appear.

As for the nails, it happens the same as in dogs and cats. They grow in excess, are incurred and prevent our bird from clinging to the sticks or the cage, in addition to the fact that the nails can stick in the paw and cause an infection.

Nail cutting is like dogs and cats. As they are thinner it is easier to see where the irrigation is going so as not to cause bleeding. I also attached a photo of this. In birds with problem of overgrowth of nails also have to be cut periodically to avoid problems.

If bleeding occurs in both the beak and nail cutting, we can contain it with a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide and pressing for a little while until it stops bleeding.

To make the cut of the beak and the nail can be used small tenacitas (depending on whether it is a canary or a parrot) or the nail clippers that are expressly for this.

Manuel Olivares, veterinarian of the OLIVARES Clinic and of haveterinario.info