Pet birds can be excellent companion animals and are a popular addition to families.  Provided they are properly cared for and are provided with an interesting and spacious environment that includes regular adequate exercise (free flight within a safe enclosed environment), birds can live a very healthy, vigorous, and fit life.

Signs of illness can be subtle in birds and birds often display a ‘preservation instinct’ which means that they can sometimes appear healthy despite being very ill. Veterinary advice should always be sought immediately if you suspect that your bird is unwell or if your bird shows any sign of being unwell.