Candidiasis in pet birds
Candidiasis is a common fungal disease that occurs in birds when the yeast Candida albicans infects the digestive tract. It is normal for your bird if the bird has a small amount of candida albicans. It causes problem when the number of yeast become excessive. Candidiasis can affect the respiratory tract, digestive tract, central nervous system and other organs. It can also affect the skin, feathers, eyes. Candidiasis is commonly seen in young birds, especially cockatiels.
Symptoms of Candidiasis in Birds
The symptoms may vary depending upon affected organs. Candidiasis in birds can quickly progress to a serious condition if medical treatment is not given in a timely manner. Early detection of a candidiasis infection is important. If you see any of the following symptoms, contact your veterinarian.
Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing Regurgitation Depression Loss of appetite Vomiting and diarrhea Delayed crop emptying Thickening of the crop Nasal discharge Beak abnormalities Feathers fluffed
Treatment of Candidiasis in Birds
Anti-fungal drugs are used for the treatment. The most commonly used anti-fungal drug for candidiasis in birds is Nystatin. There are also other common anti-fungal drugs including flucytosine, ketoconazole, fluconazole and itraconazole. Your vet will prescribe medications after diagnosing candidiasis in your pet bird. It is very important to follow your veterinarian's instructions carefully and give medications properly.
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