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Keeping Your Bird’s Feet Healthy

July 1, 2019

Does your pet bird hop onto your finger sometimes? This is one of Polly’s cutest habits, and is a rather adorable sign of trust in birds. Your pet’s feet are actually very important to her health and well-being. In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, a vet offers tips on keeping Polly’s feet healthy.


Perches are absolutely crucial to Polly’s health and well-being. She uses them for standing, sleeping, socializing, playing, and just hanging out. In the wild, birds sit on branches of various sizes. Your feathered pal should have several different perches, all of different materials and firmness. Clean and rotate the perches frequently. Also, make sure to get the right size. Perches that are too big or too small will be uncomfortable for your little pet, and can also lead to foot injuries. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Clean Cage

Keeping Polly’s cage clean is very important! Dirty cages soon begin to harbor harmful bacteria. Even a small scratch is likely to become infected if your feathered buddy’s cage is dirty.

Bird Proofing

Even small splinters can cause injuries, which can then lead to infections. Make sure that Polly’s cage surfaces are smooth and free of splinters and /or sharp edges. You’ll also need to check your colorful pet’s perches, ladders, rope swings, and other belongings frequently.


Make sure Polly gets enough time out of her cage each day. This is not only important for her physically, it will also keep her happy and entertained.


Your vet may recommend trimming Polly’s claws, so they don’t snag on things. You may also need to gently remove dead skin from your feathered friend’s feet on occasion. Ask your vet for specific advice and instructions.

Watch For Warning Signs

Pay close attention to Polly, and keep an eye out for anything amiss. Discoloration, swelling, bruising, scaling, and/or lesions on her feet or legs are all warning signs. You’ll also want to pay attention to how your bird moves. If your winged friend’s feet or legs hurt, she may limp, shift her weight constantly, move stiffly, or stand on one leg. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these red flags.

Please contact us at Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, anytime. We’re here to help!