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Common Diseases in Pet Birds

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It is crucial to know the most common diseases and conditions that can affect your bird. Proper treatment of your bird is possible only if you are able to detect the illness early.

You should immediately seek out a qualified bird

vet if your bird displays any of these symptoms or uncharacteristic behaviors. Japanese Birds 01of 05Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD).Proventricular Dilatation Disease is the most confusing avian disorder. It affects nerves that supply the bird with food, but it can also affect other organs.

PDD is also known by the names Macaw Wasting Syndrome or Parrot Wasting Syndrome. It’s most common in Macaws and African grey parrots as well as Amazon parrots and cockatoos.PDD symptoms include weight loss, vomiting and changes in bird droppings. PPD can be distinguished by multiple symptoms and signs. 

ome birds may not display any symptoms

until they become very sick from the disease.Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) will be used to treat the condition. The bird may also need to be given a special diet. 1 There is no cure. These treatments are meant to ease the pain and prolong the bird’s life.02of 05Psittacosis (Parrot Fever)Psittacosis (or “Parrot Fever”) is a type of Chlamydia bacteria that can infect all hookbills. 

This disease is extremely contagious and can spread from birds to humans.Psittacosis symptoms are not specific but include difficulty breathing, eye and nasal discharge, inappetence, and loose and watery droppings. They can also cause general lethargy. The most common treatment is an More

antibiotic, Tetracycline

This can be administered orally or via injections. Due to the medication’s effects, tetracycline can cause birds to not be able to have calcium.03of 05Psittacine Feather and Beak Disease (PBFD).PBFD can be fatal and affect any member of the parrotfamily. It is also known as bird AIDS. PBFD can be fatal to birds of all ages, even though most birds affected are younger than two years

old.Symptoms include feather loss, abnormal feather growth, absence of powder down (dander), abnormalities in the beak, and growths, lesions and abnormalities. A veterinarian can perform a feather and skin biopsy on a bird if it is showing signs.Currently, there are no treatments for PBFD. A vet will recommend support care, What do baby birds eat 

which includes pain management

04of 05PolyomavirusThe disorder polyomavirus affects all caged birds, especially parrots. The disease affects parrots and is especially dangerous for young birds.Polyomavirus symptoms include an increased appetite, diarrhea, paralysis, and an enlarged stomach. While some birds might not exhibit any symptoms, others may be carriers of the virus.

They may also shed the virus during stress situations, which could pose a risk to other birds.Polyomavirus has no cure. The disease is highly contagious and can cause rapid progression. If your bird is at risk, meaning they are exposed to many birds, vaccination can be used to reduce the chance of contracting this disease.

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