November 3-9 is the USDA’s Bird Health Awareness Week. What is this, you ask? It’s a week dedicated to learning and understanding about protecting our pet birds and making sure we understand the safety precautions we need to follow when adopting a pet bird. Whether you have one pet bird or an entire flock of birds, this week is also dedicated to learning how to keep your bird(s) healthy.
When you purchase a bird, you want to verify that it was legally imported and checked out for diseases. It’s a good idea to have your bird looked at by a veterinarian before you take it home. With the changes in laws around our Stillwater and Lake Elmo area, backyard chickens are becoming quite plentiful! Excitingly so, but it’s more important than ever to have an awareness of safety and protection. The USDA Animal Health and Inspection Service has an informative website with details on keeping your birds healthy—and a bonus video surprise which will pop up when you open it! http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/birdbiosecurity/
We’ve compiled some resources that are extremely helpful in bird protection and care:
Biosecurity for birds detailer
Q and A
Here at Cedar Pet Clinic in Lake Elmo, we care for a variety of different animals. Luckily for you, birds are one of those animals! See you soon!
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