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Helping a Rescued Bird Settle In

January is Adopt A Rescued Bird Month! If you have been thinking about adopting a bird, this is a great time to do it. In this article, a local Glendale, AZ vet discusses helping a rescued bird adjust!

Getting Ready

Make sure you have everything waiting and ready for Polly before you bring her home. A great cage is a must. This is something to splurge on, as your pet will spend the majority of her time in the cage. Add fun toys and a variety of perches. You’ll also need to do some birdproofing.

Placement

Choosing the right location is very important. We recommend putting your pet in the corner of a living room or family room. Just make sure she isn’t exposed to direct sunlight or dangerous fumes.

Adjustment Time

If Polly has had negative experiences, it may take her some time to learn to trust you. When you first bring her home, put her in her cage, and leave her there for a few days. This will allow her to settle in. Offer your bird toys and treats, and talk to her gently, but don’t try to handle her right away. Simply spending time near the cage will help. Pull up a comfy chair, and make that your spot for reading or watching TV.

Handling

One common mistake is trying to grab Polly. This can be quite frightening for birds! If you need to take your pet out of her cage, move very slowly and try to get her to hop onto your finger.

Veterinary Care

A trip to the vet’s is definitely in order. It’s very important for you to get a good idea of Polly’s overall health, and find out if she has any medical issues. While you’re there, ask for tips on your pet’s care and feeding.

Behavior

If you’ve never adopted a bird before, do plenty of research before taking the plunge. Birds, like any other pet, have both good and bad qualities. Keep in mind that a bird who was rescued may have behavioral issues: Polly may be very loud, for instance, or scare easily. Make sure you are ready, willing, and able to make a lifelong commitment to caring for your pet, even if she isn’t perfect.

Contact us, your Glendale, AZ animal hospital, for all your bird’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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