Birds are very fun little pets! Polly has a special way of entertaining us with her silly antics. Our feathered buddies also have some very specific care tips, which are quite different from those of cats and dogs. That includes seasonal care. Even though Polly spends most of her time in her cage, she is still affected by the change in weather. A Bucks County, PA vet lists some summer bird care tips below.

Water

First things first. Make sure that Polly always has cool, clean water. Your pet may also appreciate being misted. Get an automated one, and spray the air in front of her, so she can move in and out at will.

Heat

Birds can overheat, just like any other animal. Polly can’t sweat, so it’s really hard for her to cool off when it’s hot. Watch for signs that your little buddy is getting too hot. Some of these include uncharacteristic behavior, head tilting, lethargy, holding the wings up, sitting quietly, and vocalizing in an unusual position, such as the cage floor. If you notice anything amiss, take your colorful pal to a cool area, give her some water, and call your vet.

Cage

If Polly’s cage is in direct sunlight, it can get dangerously hot. You may need to move her to another area.

Baths

Polly may enjoy cooling off with a bath on sweltering days. Your little buddy may also enjoy having a birdbath in her cage.

Fans

Fans are a huge hazard for pet birds. Polly could be seriously injured, or even killed, if she were to have a run-in with a fan! Always turn off ceiling fans before letting your feathered pal out to play. If you use a fan for cooling, make sure that it isn’t pointed directly at the birdcage.

Doors

If you’re grilling, swimming, or just going in and out of the house a lot, it may seem logical to leave the door open. Just don’t do this when Polly is out of her cage. She could fly away!

Treats

Want to give your winged buddy something special? Offer her some cold, bird-safe fruit. Just be sure to stick with safe options. Ask your vet for specific advice on this.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. As your Bucks County, PA animal clinic, we’re here to help!