Bird Weight: An Indicator of Good Health or Disease
One of the easiest and most important method to keep an eye on your pet's health is to monitor its weight on a regular basis, establish a healthy base weight and alert your vet to changes.
Refer to this webpage for average weights of common parrots / cage birds.
Health problems associated with ...
- Fatty liver syndrome (hepatic lipidosis)
- Fatty tumors (lipomas and xanthomas)
- Lipornatosis (abnormal fat deposits under the skin).
- Metabolic problems, heart or liver problems can result in resulting in a fluid build-up
- Obesity can cause or is associated with egg binding, egg yolk peritonitis in hens; as well as certain tumors.
- Obesity is mostly a result of:
- Lack of exercise -- Common in birds that are kept in small cages that don't allow for sufficient exercise and birds that are not given enough "out-of-cage" time to exercise their wings in.. Wing-clipped birds also may not get enough exercise.
- Another obvious contributor factor for weight gain is inappropriate diet - please refer to bird nutrition
Weight Loss / Prominent Breastbone (no layer of muscle or fat on each side of the breastbone):
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