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7 Common Diseases in Pet Birds

Ensuring the health and well-being of your feathered companions is crucial. Here are seven common diseases in pet birds to be aware of:

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1. Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD)

Affecting the nerves of the gastrointestinal tract, PDD is commonly diagnosed in Macaws, African grey parrots, Amazon parrots, cockatoos, and conures. Watch for symptoms like weight loss, vomiting, changes in droppings, and a swollen crop.

2. Psittacosis (Parrot Fever)

Caused by the Chlamydia bacterium, Psittacosis is highly contagious to both birds and humans. Keep an eye out for symptoms such as difficulty breathing, nasal and eye discharge, inappetence, and lethargy.

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3. Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD)

Affecting all members of the parrot family, especially young birds, PBFD exhibits symptoms like feather abnormalities, beak irregularities, and the absence of dander. While there’s no cure, veterinarians provide supportive care.

4. Polyomavirus

This fatal disorder primarily impacts caged birds, especially newborns and juveniles. Symptoms include appetite loss, enlarged abdomen, paralysis, and diarrhea. Unfortunately, there’s no specific treatment, but vaccination is recommended for high-risk birds.

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5. Candida (Candidiasis)

Candida is a fungal infection affecting the digestive tract, with symptoms including white lesions in the mouth and throat, vomiting, and slow crop emptying. Treatment involves antifungal medications and is often secondary to other diseases.

6. Avian Gastric Yeast (AGY)

AGY is a fungal infection affecting the stomach and upper digestive tract, resulting in symptoms like regurgitation, weight loss, and lethargy. Treatment typically involves antifungal medications prescribed by a veterinarian.

7. Aspergillosis

Aspergillosis is a respiratory fungal infection commonly found in birds, with symptoms such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, and nasal discharge. Early detection and treatment are essential.

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