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Heatstroke and Heat Stress in Pet Birds: Signs and Treatment
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
First Aid, Emergencies, & Poisons
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Heatstroke or heat stress in birds can occur in several situationsBirds, like other warm-blooded animals can overheat. This most commonly occurs if:

  • The bird is kept in a cage in direct sunlight where there is no shade or shelter from the sun.
  • A bird is in a vehicle with the windows closed or with inadequate ventilation.
  • Too much supplemental heat, in the form of a heat lamp or heating pad, is supplied.
  • The bird is wrapped in a towel (a common method of restraint) for too long of a time period.

Overheating tends to occur more commonly in birds that are overweight, so keep your bird at her optimal weight.

Signs of heat stress or heatstroke

Signs of heatstroke in a bird include:

  • Panting (open-mouth breathing)
  • Holding the wings away from the body
  • Anxiety or agitation

Heatstroke can be fatal, so prompt attention is required.

First aid for heatstroke

To treat a bird with heat stress or heatstroke:

  • Move the bird to a quiet, cooler location
  • Mist the bird with water until his skin is wet
  • Keep the bird's feet and legs moist with cool water
  • Do not additionally stress the bird
  • Monitor the bird closely and contact your veterinarian
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