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ASK the VET; Pets and their people.

OUR vet Brian Faulkner, from Petplan, has 16 years of experience and is a freelance working all over the country. Send your questions to Brian at: Petplan, Great West House, Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 9DX or via Petplan's Facebook page

Q MY pet budgie is losing his feathers and keeps plucking at them. What could this mean? What can I do about it? Should I be worried?

Brian replies: It is often assumed feather plucking is a sign of a parasite but this is rarely the case. The major trigger is stress, which is common in caged birds. It may be down to moving the cage or lowering its height. Other triggers are animals in the house or a change in routine, such as people coming home later, disturbing the bird's sleep pattern.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Sep 18, 2016
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