Common Illnesses in Pet Birds

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Common Illnesses in Pet Birds

Like all pets, birds are vulnerable to a number of diseases and infections. If you have a pet bird, you need to know what kinds of diseases you may encounter with your feathery friend. While its true that some species are more vulnerable to certain diseases than others, there are some issues, that are pervasive amongst birds that are kept as pets. Knowing what to expect can help you to take precautions to keep your pet bird happy and healthy so that they can live a long life as your companion and friend.

  1. Psittacosis (Parrot Fever): Psittacosis is a dangerous disease that can often prove to be fatal if left untreated. It is caused by the bacteria Chlamydophilla psittaci. Birds that display symptoms such as diarrhea, lethargy, weight loss and difficulty breathing should be taken to our Wells Branch veterinarian immediately for testing.
  2. Salmonellosis/Salm onella: The same Salmonella bacteria that negatively effects humans can also cause major health problems for birds. Salmonella is contracted by the bird from food and water contaminated with fecal matter. Signs of salmonella poisoning include swollen eyelids, loss of energy and weight loss. In order to prevent salmonella, keep your pet birds cage and living area clean.
  3. Avian Polyoma Virus: The Avian Polyoma Virus attacks quickly and without warning. This deadly disease often produces no symptoms so bird owners have no way of preparing. APV attacks all of the birds vital systems at cone, causing failure of vital organs and dehydration even though the crop my be full. Your Wells Branch Pet and Bird Clinic veterinarian can test your pet bird to see if he is a carrier for this disease.
  4. Pododermatitis (Bumble Foot): Bumble foot is a disease that effects the feet of birds, that can cause abscesses and even infection of the bone. This degenerative disease can be quite painful for birds so it is important to watch for signs of foot problems and seek the advice of our Austin vet at the first sign of swelling or pain. Bumble foot is typically by poor nutrition, an improper perch or some sort of trauma to the foot.
  5. Mites: Mites are pests that can pass along diseases to your birds as well as bother them with painful bites and rashes. The mites that are typically found on pet birds are Knemidokoptes and Myialges. If left untreated, mites can cause problems to the feathers, eyes and skin of the bird. Talk to your veterinarian about how to treat and prevent mites in your species of pet bird.

To keep your pet bird happy and healthy be sure and take him for a regular check up with your local Austin bird veterinarian. Birds require certain vaccinations just like dogs and cats and should be regularly examined to ensure all is well with their health. With proper maintenance of your bird and by watching his health closely with the help of an Austin veterinarian, you will be able to have your bird as a happy companion for years to come.

To make a veterinary appointment for your pet bird, call Wells Branch Pet and Bird Clinic at 512-339-8472.

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