In addition to joint pain and inflammation, birds suffering from arthritis may also have sores that are infected. The vet may prescribe antibacterial or anti-fungal cream. Birds are very sensitive to certain medications, so it is a good idea to consult your veterinarian before administering any type of medication to your feathered pet. Some human products can be too strong for the birds’ system and can have fatal consequences.
Since cold can aggravate symptoms of arthritis, it is best to add a source of heat in your pet’s cage. Place a heat lamp in one corner of the cage where the bird can move away or move closer depending on their needs. There are also heated perches available on the market, but make sure that you buy only one, so there will be other perch choices for your bird. Your veterinarian can also offer important tips to help address your pet’s illness.