Trichomoniasis in birds

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Trichomoniasis is contagious disease in birds, caused by the protozoan Trichomonas gallinae. It is transmitted through direct contact and therefore in birds, it can spread easily. Infection with this species of Thrichomona is exclusive to birds and cannot affect humans.

Trichomoniasis is one of the oldest known wildlife diseases and it is also known as ‘frounce’ when seen in birds of prey and as ‘canker’ when seen in pigeons and doves.

Symptoms of Trichomoniasis in Birds

This disease has a number of symptoms that may be similar to other diseases. Your bird may not show any symptoms and then suddenly seem to be ill. The following symptoms are commonly seen with trichomoniasis:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Anorexia
  • Loss of balance
  • Diarrhea
  • Unwillingness to eat or drink
  • Dull appearance

Treatment of Trichomoniasis in Birds

The good news is that medications effective medications available for the successful treatment of trichomoniasis in birds. The antibiotic, metronidazole is most commonly used for treatment. In addition, there also are a few medications such as Ronidazole, carnidazole that can be used.

Concerned about the symptoms of Trichomoniasis in your bird? Schedule an appointment with one of our veterinary professionals today at for advice and to learn more about your pet’s wellness.


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