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Q&A: Why Does My Bird Seem Sick After Getting a Bath?

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He works with dogs, cats, exotics, and livestock.

Small birds are more susceptible to shock than larger animals. Left untreated, this condition can be fatal.

Small birds are more susceptible to shock than larger animals. Left untreated, this condition can be fatal.

Did Giving My Bird a Bath Make Her Sick?

"Today I cleaned my pet bird with water using a tissue. It was all fine until the evening, but then I noticed that she had become quiet, dull, and seemed to be weak. Is there any way to bring her back to how she used to be?" —Sharif

Small Birds Easily Go Into Shock

Lovebirds and Parakeets are small and can not be handled much. They will go into shock for reasons that larger animals would just ignore, so it is possible that just holding your bird and rubbing them down with a tissue could have caused a problem.

Take Your Bird to an Avian Vet

If your bird is in shock, the best thing you can do is take her to your regular avian veterinarian. These little guys need intravenous fluids and medication for the pain and shock.

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Please call your veterinarian right away. Lovebirds are small and may not make it if you wait too long.

How to Help a Sick Lovebird at Home

If you are not able to take her to a veterinarian for some reason, here is a list of things you can do at home for a sick lovebird.

The most important thing to do if you do not have an avian veterinarian around is to keep your lovebird hydrated by giving fresh coconut water or Pedialyte with an eye dropper; if your bird will not drink that way, do not force her or she might drown. But again, this is not a replacement for evaluation and care from an avian vet.

This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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