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    Natural Remedies for an Ill Parrot

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    All birds, including parrots, cannot catch colds so what looks like a cold in an ill parrot could well be something else. A bird’s respiratory system is very complicated so any wheezing, discharge or breathing difficulties should be examined by a vet. That said, there are some natural remedies that can be very effective in what looks like a parrot cold. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Sick Parrot Remedies

    • Echinacea is very good for an ill parrot and can do well for its general immune system and helps a sick parrot overcome the poxvirus. Various seaweeds are also very good at treating fungal and viral issues.
    • Aloe detox has proved very effective in some cases where more traditional medicines have proved ineffective in aiding the sick parrot. Aloe detox contains aloe vera gel, pulp and a blend of milk thistle, dandelion, burdock, Echinacea, green tea, blue cohash and red clover.

     

    • Cayenne pepper is quite a common appetite stimulator for parrots as they love the taste of it. If an ill parrot has stopped eating, it is an effective way for him to start again. Similarly, most parrots will become quite stressed when ill, chamomile is very good for helping in this case. Not only does chamomile help to relax the parrot, it also helps to kill yeast fungi and other bacteria.
    • Pau d’arco is very effective at treating fungal conditions in both humans and parrots. It helps to ease candida and any intestinal parasites that may be causiong the ill parrot discomfort. This has given it the nickname of ‘miracle bark’. Slippery elm is good for coughing and vomiting.
    • Cinnamon is good for treating mild fungal and bacterial conditions in an ill parrot and has proved potentially effective at treating candida and aspergillus.
    • As with all medicines, it is important to get the dosage correct. The process of treating a parrot cold could become much harder with too much medicine. All of these herbal remedies will be available at health food shops and the dosage will be given for humans. As a general rule, divide the stated dosage by ten for an adult parrot.
    • Obviously, it is important when treating an ill parrot that you give him the correct medicine. Some herbs help your sick parrot but others can be toxic. Your vet will be able to give you a detailed list but you should avoid borage, calamus, coltsfoot, chapparal, ephedra, comfrey, germander, licorace, life root, ma huang, lobelia, pennyroyal, pokeroot, sassafras and yohimbe.
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