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    Avian Disease

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Avian renal disease is common in birds of prey but is often left unrecognised in pet birds. Avian disease should be of concern if a bird is acting unwell. It is not an easy bird disease to diagnose as it involves the examination of X-rays. This avian disease can be treated with fluids and nutritional support so you do not need to despair if you think that your bird has this avian disease. This article will tell you a little more about bird diseases and what to look for. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Avian Renal Disease 

    This avian disease affects the bird’s kidneys and it is most commonly found in birds of prey. You can also find avian renal disease in budgies as it is often found in tumours that appear in their kidneys. This bird disease is caused by poor nutrition and imbalance in diet. 

    Avian Gout 

    This avian disease is thought to be caused by high amounts of protein in a bird’s diet. 

    Hypovitaminosis A

    This is a condition in birds where they do not absorb all of the vitamin A that is being consumed. The vitamin A is then excreted into the body by the squamous metaplasia of the mucosa in the ureters. When this happens over time it can lead to renal failure. 

    Treatments 

    The usual treatment for all of the conditions I have discussed above is simply to adjust the bird’s diet. Diets that are high in carbs and low in protein and calcium are thought to benefit birds that are suffering from avian renal diseases. 

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