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    Bird Care: Avian Arthritis

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Bird arthritis can strike a bird at any time - whether young or old, any bird can be struck down by this crippling disease during their lifetime. However, there are some elements of bird care that can be used to keep this problem to a minimum.

    Learn about this area of bird care below.

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    Aspects of Bird Care - Bird Arthritis

    Most birds affected by this ailment will suffer from Avian Degenerative Joint Disease, and although there's no reason to panic should your bird be exhibiting signs of the disease, it is something that needs to be controlled fairly carefully to ensure your bird lives a long and comfortable life.

    In medical terms, this disease impacts on the cartilage on bird joints, weakening them significantly to cause both pain and restricted movement. Although this disease cannot be prevented, it can be treated.

    Common causes of bird arthritis include the recurrence of old bird joint injuries, a joint infection, old age and skeletal deformities. The easiest way to spot the presence of bird arthritis is increased swelling around the joints, limping, and a loss of feathers around the affected joint (as the bird may choose to pick at the swelling).

    To treat bird arthritis, you'll need to seek out specialist bird care as an avian vet will be able to advise you further on a course of treatment.

     

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