Signs That Your Parakeet is Dying
Parakeets can live up to 20 years with proper nutrition, regular exercise and good veterinary care. The typical life span of a parakeet, parakeet however, is 5 to 6 years. This life span can be improved up to 8 to 15 years or more with exemplary care and diet. Sometimes, they die a lot younger due to illness or poor care. Parakeet owners may just wake up one morning finding their parakeet without life. This seemingly sudden death can be prevented if owners know how to look for parakeet signs of dying.
Signs of Illness
Signs of your parakeet being ill and possibly dying slowly include thinning out of feathers, being tired all the time with its face turning pink. These are the physical attributes that may suggest that the parakeet is experiencing illness, and may have to be checked by a veterinarian.
Other signs include the bird's behavior going from lively to apathetic and sluggish. When the pet parakeet suddenly starts staying at the bottom of the cage instead of its usual platform where it is usually perched on, it may be a sign that it is losing its ability to balance itself or losing its strength to hold on to platforms, which is why it stays at the bottom of the cage all the time. This behavior can lead to more illness since the bottom part of a bird cage is often the dirtiest part of the cage due to the presence of bird droppings.
The strange appearance of its waste can also be attributed to a serious illness. There may be some discoloration or a change in texture. It is best to have the parakeet examined by the vet just in case.
Signs of Aging
It is inevitable for a pet parakeet to die as it continues to age through the years. Signs of aging in a parakeet pet can be observed as it becomes weaker and moves around a lot slower than when you first had it. It is better though to have a veterinarian check the pet, as it may have other illnesses aside from aging.
Things to Do
When dealing with parakeet signs of dying due to old age, it is advisable is to make the remaining days of the pet parakeet as comfortable as possible. It is also best to ask the vet for suggestions on how to go about this. If the pet parakeet, however, has signs of illness which can treated, the vet can also prescribe medications to help bring the pet back to good health. But if there's nothing to be done, some vets may suggest an option of putting the pet down to end its suffering.