Gout is a disorder where high quantities of uric acid are deposited in different tissues. It can cause kidney damage, rigid toes, swollen joints and neurological problems.
There are two presentations of gout in birds, Visceral gout and Articular gout. Visceral gout is the accumulation of uric acid within the tissues of the internal organs and Articular gout most commonly occurs in the legs or wing joints. The symptoms may vary depending on the type. Symptoms to watch for include:
Ruptured swellings Swollen, warm and rigid toes Lack of urination Dehydrated with greenish diarrhea Unable to walk Depressed Loss of appetite Lameness Difficulty flying and perching Painful joints Seizures Lack of body movement control
Many conditions of gout can be treated through medical and supportive treatment. Surgery may be needed in some cases. There are some effective medications such as allopurinol, probenecid, colchicine which may be used to reduce the production of uric acid by the birds. Affected birds will require to be treated for life and the condition can occur again if therapy is not continued. Aggressive fluid therapy will prevent dehydration.
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