Diarrhea can cause dehydration and a loss of nutrients.
Diarrhea is actually uncommon in pet parrots. Excessive urine is much more common and frequently mistaken for diarrhea. Remember, if the stool is solid and formed, it isn’t diarrhea. Increased urine will, however, cause the stool to become wet and slightly loose.
Causes of diarrhea can include diet (sudden change in the type of food or spoiled food), intestinal infection, poisoning, ingestion of a foreign object, parasites, generalized diseases, egg laying or egg-binding, overtreatment with antibiotics and stress.
The signs of diarrhea are a loose, watery and unformed stool.
If your parrot has diarrhea, remove any non-food items on which she may be chewing. Feed a bland diet of soft fresh foods, such as pasta, rice, beans, and cooked oatmeal. You might consider giving Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate in the following dosages:
- Cockatiels: 6 drops every 4 hours
- Amazons: 20 drops (1cc) every 4 hours
- Macaws and Cockatoos
Remember, any treatment offered at home will delay more specific treatment by your veterinarian. This time delay may be very significant if your parrot has a serious health problem.
Because diarrhea is only the result of a problem and not a diagnosis, veterinarians need to try and determine the underlying cause to more quickly resolve the problem. Therefore, after a thorough history and physical exam , general supportive care will be provided. Diagnostic tests, such as stool analysis and or culture, radiographs, and blood test, may be recommended.