It’s been a while since I had an article about birds. So today I’d like to talk about Candidiasis in birds, symptoms and treatment of this yeast infection and problem for birds.
Candidiasis in birds is caused by a Candida yeast. The presence of the yeast is normal – it’s part of a healthy avian digestive tract. The problem occurs in birds that have a compromised digestive system, or in birds that have unusually large numbers of the yeast.
Cockatiels are especially susceptible to Candidiasis, but other species can also develop the condition. Young birds and birds that have been on long-term antibiotics are more likely to develop Candidiasis.
The Candida yeast infection can affect a bird in several different ways and in different locations in and on the body. Candidiasis Symptoms can include bad breath, vomiting, loss of appetite, ulcers in the crop, white lesions in the mouth, rapid breathing, depression, nasal discharge, a thickened crop, diarrhea, and weight loss.
If your bird shows signs of Candidiasis symptoms, your veterinarian will obtain cultures from the bird, either through swabs or through endoscopy. He’ll also complete a physical examination of your pet and ask you questions about its recent behavior.
If the vet confirms a diagnosis of Candidiasis, the bird will receive antifungal drugs as part of the Candidiasis treatment. Your veterinarian will probably also talk to you about preventing future problems with the Candida yeast.
These include keeping your pet away from sick birds, adding vitamin A to your bird’s diet, giving only steam-distilled water, removing sugar from the diet, and keeping cages and food dishes clean.
Never leave fruits and vegetables in your bird’s cage long enough for them to spoil, and don’t allow smoking near your pet. Also, since stressed birds are more prone to illnesses, eliminate stressors whenever possible.
So that’s my helpful pet bird tip of the day, Candidiasis symptoms and treatment in pet birds. I will try to make more frequent pet bird articles here for all you bird lovers!