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    How to recognize if your bird's weight is a health problem

    ArticleBird AdviceMonday 03 October 2011
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    Weight Gain

    One of the easiest and most important method to keep an eye on your pet's health is to monitor its weight on a regular basis, establish a healthy base weight and alert your vet to changes.

    Weight Gain:

    • Fatty liver syndrome (hepatic lipidosis)

    • Fatty tumors (lipomas and xanthomas)

    • Lipornatosis (abnormal fat deposits under the skin).

    • Metabolic problems, heart or liver problems can result in resulting in a fluid build-up

    • Obesity can cause or is associated with egg binding, egg yolk peritonitis in hens; as well as certain tumors.

    • Obesity is mostly a result of:
      • Lack of exercise -- Common in birds that are kept in small cages that don't allow for sufficient exercise and birds that are not given enough "out-of-cage" time to exercise their wings in.. Wing-clipped birds also may not get enough exercise.
      • Another obvious contributor factor for weight gain is inappropriate diet - please refer to bird nutrition
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