My Cockatiel Has Loose Droppings

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Basic Symptoms:

A cockatiel's droppings is a combination of feces and urine. There are many reasons why your cockatiel might have loose droppings. Just like humans, cockatiels might have a day where they might have eaten too much of something that did not settle well with them, like fatty foods such as potato chips. One day of abnormal droppings (usually appearing too loose or liquid) is not typically an emergency, as long as your cockatiel still eating, drinking and acting normally.

If the loose droppings are occurring daily, your cockatiel might have a viral infection, or it might be allergic to a new treat or food. Cockatiels that are nesting or laying eggs, will have sometimes huge loose droppings.

Stress, spicy foods and even certain household aerosols can give your cockatiel the "runs".

Cockatiels can become ill from some human bacteria. The bacteria E. coli is usually present in our digestive system, but it should not be in the digestive system of a cockatiel so make sure you wash your hands after using the bathroom and before handling your cockatiel and its food.

As always the information offered here is to provide guidance and is not intended to be a substitute for the good advice provided by your own avian vet. When in doubt always consult your own veterinarian.

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What helps a cockatiel with diarrhea?

To treat diarrhea in cockatiels, start by bringing your bird in to your veterinarian so they can assess its health and run the necessary tests. Depending on the results, the vet may prescribe medication or changes to your bird's diet.

Abrupt diet changes are a common cause of diarrhea in cockatiels, as they throw off the bird's digestion. If you need to change your bird's diet, make the change gradually.

Don't assume that your veterinarian's treatment suggestions will automatically clear up your bird's illness. Watch for continued diarrhea and other related symptoms and talk to the veterinarian if the symptoms continue or get worse.

Provide clean water and a basic seed mix. Change the water often, making sure that it is as clean as possible. You can provide the normal seeds you usually provide to your bird, but withhold fresh produce, such as fruits and vegetables.

Diarrhea can be a symptom of a variety of diseases, so limiting your cockatiel's exposure to disease will help with its prevention. The most important way to keep your bird disease free is to keep its cage clean.

You should do a quick daily cleaning of your bird's cage, which should include cleaning your bird's food and water dishes and replacing the contents. You should also replace the paper at the bottom of your bird's cage daily. On a regular basis you should do a thorough cleaning of your bird's cage. You will need to remove the bird and all items inside. Clean each item your bird uses and sanitize the entire cage.