parakeet arthritis pain?

by Mignonette Hardeen
(Queens NY)

My parakeet is about 9 years old. Recently I noticed he started having problems with his right leg, it seems to pain when he puts it down on the perch. I have had birds before who developed arthritis and this seems to be the same problem. Is there anything I can do to alleviate his pain? The problem seems to be worse when the weather is cold.


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Jan 04, 2011
Parakeet in pain
by: The Avian Vet

You should have your bird examined to determine if this is arthritis or something else. If it is arthritis, then there are pain relievers that your avian veterinarian can prescribe. There is nothing over-the-counter that you can give. Your bird would also benefit from having a heated perch, and a heating pad on his cage.

Dr B

Jan 03, 2011
Bird with foot pain
by: Tracie

Dr B will eventually answer this, but I thought I would share a couple of links for natural wood branches and Rope Boings and Perches in case your bird does not have any of these in it's cage.

Jan 03, 2011
parakeet arthritis pain?
by: Linda

Hello and thanks for writing. First you will need to take him to see an Avian Vet in your area because this could be something other than arthritis. Avian Vet will do some tests and also possibly an xray because leg could have been injured and is just now becoming sore and tender. If it turns out to be arthritis, the Avian Vet will prescribe some meds to help with inflammation and pain. Do not give any over the counter drugs or home remedies because these can and do kill birds all the time. Take her to a licensed Avian Vet and get to the bottom of the issue.

If your bird has spent his life sitting on wooden dowels, then this causes early onset arthritis. Birds have to have natural safe wood branches as their perch material. The branches vary in diameter all the way across and allow the bird's legs and feet to relax. Holding on to a wooden dowel that is the same size all way across causes their feet to get frozen into a grip that is the beginning of arthritis. So, if you bird is on these dowels, get some appropriately sized safe wooden branch perches. These can be found in a lot of pet stores on and off the internet. They usually come with the hardware, which is washers and hanger bolts for easy installation. You'll need the inside width/length of your cage so they can be bought ready to install.


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