The cart is empty
In issue 305 -
Companion Parrots May Be Less Lonely When They Phone Their Feathered Friends. By GrrlScientist
In issue 305 -
A Grey-breasted Parakeet love story. By Rosemary Low
In issue 305 -
Remote monitoring of Carnaby’s Cockatoo movements and behaviour. By David Waugh
In issue 305 -
Are Your Parrots Wasting Vegetables? Complete Psittacine by Eb Cravens
Subscribe To Parrots Magazine - Don't miss a thing

Psittacine paediatric veterinary care

Spreads for web 4

by Tom Dutton BVM&S CertAVP(ZooMed) DipECZM(avian) MRCVS

Neonate and juvenile psittacines provide a unique challenge to keepers, breeders and veterinarians. As well as being small and potentially fragile, neonates have an immature immune system predisposing them to infectious disease. Hand-reared parrots are at a greater risk of developmental disorders, which are rarely seen in parent-reared birds.

The small size of neonate psittacines makes diagnostic procedures that are routine in adult birds challenging and sometimes impossible. When performing blood sampling, only small volumes can be collected, limiting the number of tests that can be performed. Diagnostic imaging, such as Radiographs, CT scans and ultrasounds, need to be optimised to provide sufficient resolution and image quality.

When presenting a paediatric patient to your avian vet, expect them to take an extensive history, which will include questions about the parents, siblings, other birds kept at the facility, diet, husbandry, incubation, etc. Any records such as growth weights, feed volumes and frequency, medications and supplements should be taken to the consult so all relevant material can be gathered.

Buy Now!




Invalid Name
Invalid email address
Please identify how you found us
Invalid Input

Subscribe Now!

Subscribe to parrots magazine

subscribe today. The best most widely read magazine for parrot lovers.

Parrot Events

Parrot events


What's on in the parrot world, events, conferences and shows and more..


Our Address

Parrots magazine is published by
Imax Visual Ltd, West Building,
Elm Grove Lane, Steyning BN44 3SA

Telephone +44 (0)1273 464777
© Parrots magazine 2019