Respiratory Diseases / Respiratory Distress

Index of Bird Diseases ... Symptoms and Potential Causes ... Bird Species and Diseases They are Most Susceptible to

Krissy - a Triton Cockatoo who is a PDD patient with her owner

Diseases that affect mainly the air passages, windpipe and lungs are classified as "respiratory diseases." Traditionally, respiratory system diseases were known as "colds" that were thought to be a result of environmental factors, such as drafts and chilling. However, as research advanced, it became apparent that "colds" were actually infectious diseases caused by different disease pathogens with many common characteristics.


Bronchitis:


Symptoms:

Nasal discharge, sneezing, ocular (eye) discharge, swelling below the eye, ruffled feathers; in severe cases: tail-bobbing, increased respiratory rate, and labored breathing (even at rest). Further development may include serious air sac infections or pneumonia, and death.


Medications:

Several antibiotics / anti-fungals are being used to treat respiratory infections. The doctor will prescribe something that specifically treats the pathogen that is causing the disease.

Cipro is an antibiotic that is used mostly for serious sinus and upper respiratory infections. The taste is very unpleasant and it is usually administered with a syringe. years. It was used to treat red tide in affected shore birds. It is also a treatment for Anthrax poisoning. In fact, when government buildings were under alert for toxic mailings, Cipro was the medication they provided the employees with. It is a very potent medicine and needs to be used the entire duration of the treatment as prescribed by a medical professional. It is imperative that the treatment is followed through. Do not cut it short, as the infection can come back stronger.


Causes include (but are not limited to):

Impaired immunesystems, either by stress or poor nutrition, are especially susceptible to viruses or molds (Aspergillosis).


Diagnosis:

Typically by laboratory culture.



Treatment and Supportive Options:


Traditional Treatment:

  • Systemic antibiotics that have been shown to be sensitive to the agent involved, vitamin and nutritional supplementation, and supportive care.


Holistic Treatment Options:

Water Filtration: Most of our tap water is chlorinated and fluoridated, and when showering both chemicals become airborne and not only dry out our skin and hair, but contributes to respiratory problems. Shower filters are relatively inexpensive and very easy to install. These filters remove most of the chemicals in the water, allowing us to breathe easy. Shower filters generally contribute to healthy home environments.

This greatly benefits both humans as well as birds that enjoy showering with their owners. As birds have very efficient respiratory systems, it is even more so important for them not to be exposed to contaminants in shower water.


Clean Air Systems - a must for those suffering from any allegies and / or respiratory problems. Removing toxins, dust and pathogens from the air will provide instant relief for those suffering from respiratory diseases.


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