As a pet owner, it is quite scary to see your beloved feathered friend in such a state of discomfort, and to make matters worse, you probably have no idea what to do in such situations.
Why do parrots sneeze?
But what exactly is causing your parrot to sneeze in the first place and what can you do about it?
Parrots typically sneeze once or twice a day to clear their airways of dust and other irritants. However, when it becomes more frequent and persistent and is accompanied by a thick, colored nasal discharge, it could well be a sign that your bird is sick.
Different causes of sneezing in parrots.
There are many causes of sneezing in parrots. While these are not cause for concern, some may indicate a more serious medical condition.
Your parrot’s environment is too dry
Most parrots are well adapted to humid environments. Dry environments or air-conditioned or heated indoor air can dry out your bird’s nostrils, which can cause irritation and sneezing.
If you live in a fairly dry environment or if your parrot is constantly perched in an air-conditioned space, a simple humidifier could be the solution.
You can even take a shower with your parrot, which could help eliminate the problem. Here’s how to shower your parrot properly!
Your parrot is exposed to strong odors.
Strong odors, like chemicals and fragrances, can also irritate your feathered friend’s nasal passages and lungs. Remember that parrots, or birds in general, do not have a robust respiratory system like humans.
That is why it is imperative to avoid all kinds of artificial fragrances such as perfumes, scented candles, sprays and diffusers around your parrot to be safe.
Your parrot is constantly exposed to dust.
As with humans, the dust can cause parrots to sneeze once it lands in their nasal cavity. It can irritate their nasal passages and force them to sneeze in response.
Keeping your home clean and dust-free can help control your parrot’s sneezing episodes. You can do this by regularly dusting his cage and surrounding furniture with a feather duster and regularly replacing air filters at home.
Your parrot is allergic to its food
Allergens can be something in the air and it can also be something ingested by mouth or, in this case, by your bird’s beak. If you see your parrot sneeze after eating regularly, your pet may be allergic to a particular ingredient in their food.
Try feeding your parrot a different brand of bird food and see if it helps. Poor quality bird food is often loaded with additives and preservatives that can trigger allergies.
Your parrot has a respiratory problem
Respiratory diseases in birds are often accompanied by sneezing and a runny nose. They are usually caused by viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections, which warrant a visit to the vet.
Your parrot has a mite infestation
Like cats and dogs, birds can also get mites. If your pet parrot is allergic to mites and has mites, it can also trigger a number of symptoms like sneezing.
In addition to sneezing, mite problems can also cause your parrot to pluck and pluck its feathers due to discomfort. If you notice your parrot sneezing and plucking its feathers, you may need to see a vet to have your bird’s mite situation remedied.
Your parrot is just imitating you
One of the reasons parrots are so highly sought after is because they can mimic hundreds of unique sounds and phrases. They are able to imitate any sound and word with amazing precision, and this includes sneezing.
Never underestimate your parrot. They are much smarter than you think.
If your parrot hears you sneeze, he may pick up on this and try to imitate you. Therefore, it is very important to closely monitor your pet and check for other symptoms present.