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    Parakeet Eye Disease

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    A responsible parakeet owner should look for the common signs of bird eye disease regularly when it comes to carrying out parakeet care.

    The most common eye disease in older parakeets, as with humans, is cataracts, which can be cared for, but there are also some more serious eye diseases that you need to be aware of. We explore them in this guide. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Parakeet Care: Eye Diseases

    The symptoms of an eye disease are fairly easy to spot. Their eyes may appear to take on a 'weeping' appearance, looking runny and red, with the appearance of 'sleep' in the eye.

    As mentioned above, cataracts will tend to build up over time. Sadly, the cause is often genetic, so there is little that can be done to prevent the problem occurring. Older parakeets are particularly susceptible to this problem. Consult with a vet to determine the best course of action to take to counteract the disease.

    Conjunctivitis is another common parakeet eye disease. This problem is far easier to treat than cataracts, and should pass with time. An affected bird should be kept isolated and fed a healthy diet until the problem passes. Medication is also available, with veterinary consultation.

    The standard course of treatment for a bird eye disease is specialist ointment that can help clean out the eye and remove any foreign objects that may be causing the bird discomfort. However, it's essential to follow the recommended course of treatment without fail, as providing inappropriate amounts of bird care ointment could have disastrous consequences.

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