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How often do I need to treat my bird for worms, mites or lice?
For birds housed outdoors, particularly those in contact with wild birds, it's a good idea to keep up a regular worming schedule of every 3 to 6 months. Unlike cats and dogs who regularly come into contact with other animals and environments, indoor birds are less likely to pick up birds in their day to day lives and can often be wormed less frequently. For the best advice to suit your bird's needs, ask a vet with a special interest or extra training in avian medicine.
When it comes to mites and lice, it's best not to use any treatments unless your vet has diagnosed the problem - used incorrectly some mite and lice treatments can make your bird unwell.
Want to know more? Read Common bird illnesses & how to avoid them.
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|Living World Pedicure Perch||Made from non toxic cement, this perch helps to wear down your bird's nails naturally as they move along it.|
|Vetafarm Spark Liquid Concentrate||A liquid carbohydrate and electrolyte supplement to support birds during periods of stress, transport and recouperation from illness.|
|Vetafarm Calcivet||Calcivet liquid can be added to food or water or given directly to supplement calcium and D3 levels in breeding birds and those with deficiencies.|
|Living World Outside Bird Bath||An easy to clean, adjustable mounted or free standing bird bath with transparent cover to allow you to view your bird bathing while controlling mess.|
How do I give my bird a bath?
Providing your caged bird with the opportunity to bathe to keep their feathers clean and looking their best, with the added benefit of fun and enrichment! Each bird has their own preference for bathing, some may be happy with a shallow bowl or basin of fresh water placed periodically inside or outside of the cage. Others may prefer misting from above using a spray bottle, rubbing against soaked branches or leaves or even a human shower on a gentle setting. For shower loving birds try a shower mounted perch.
Whichever way your bird likes to bathe, take care to avoid drenching them completely and keep shower time for the warmest part of the day and allow plenty of time for them to dry out of drafts to help prevent chilling.
For more bird care tips take a look at our Beginner's guide to bird care.
Author info: Teagan Lever - Pet Circle In House Veterinarian
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