Q. My quaker parrot has diarrhea and is losing weight. What can I feed her to stop the diarrhea?

A. First, determine if it is diarrhea or increased urination (polyuria). Diarrhea is characterized by droppings that are a soft, formless mass. Polyuria is very watery feces but the feces retain their shape within the water. The latter can be a symptom of kidney disease and should be assessed by your avian veterinarian.

The diarrhea may be treated by reducing stress, reducing the amount of fruits or vegetables fed and feeding an enriched pelleted diet until the stool is normal. Check caging, bowls and toys for lead content and discard or replace any suspicious items. If the diarrhea does not resolve, see an experienced avian veterinarian as diarrhea may be a symptom of greater health concerns.

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