Malnutrition behind most health problems in avian pets

Despite pelleted diets being on the market, we’re still seeing this problem.

Veterinarian Jeff Kahler writes that 90% of the health problems he sees in avian patients can be traced back to poor nutrition. It is best to feed birds a diet modeled after how wild birds of their species eat. For a new macaw, which is an omnivore, Dr. Kahler recommends a diet that is mostly in the form of pellets, supplemented with vegetables, a small amount of fruit, occasional seeds, small amounts of grain products and even some meat. The Modesto Bee (Calif.) (8/10)

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