Avian Disorders and Dz

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What is the most important task in the management of a critically sick bird?

stabilization (correct :stress, hypovolemia, dyspnea, dehydration, hypothermia, starvation, sepsis, metal intox, egg bound)

How do you assess blood pressure or venous return in a bird?

wing vein

What is the best way to admin. fluids to a critically ill bird? (2)

IV, IO

Open mouth breathing, chest excursion, and tail bobbing are all signs of?

dyspnea

What is the preferred 02 delivery method in a bird? what if there is a tracheal obstruction?

02 cage; air sac tube

The best spot for _____ ______ is the caudal end of the last rib, the flexor cruris mm., and the pubic bone.

air sac intubation

The maintenance fluid rate in birds is ____ml/kg/day, and the max. replacement value for a 10% dehydrated bird is _____ml/kg/day and should be given over the course of ____ days.

50; 50; 2 days

When can you give fluids PO to a bird?

when they are stable

Gram - infections, zinc/lead tox, chlamydosis, neglect, hepatic lipidosis, and female repro. problems are likely to cause a bird to be?

critically ill (decompensated, metabolic abnormalities)

Baytril is a shotgun treatment for?

gram - infxns

Doxycycline is a shot gun treatment for?

chlamydosis

Ca EDTA is a shotgun treatment for?

heavy metal tox.

Itraconazole is a shotgun treatment for?

aspergillosis

Healthy head feathers, with feather loss on the body, with minimal pruritus most likely have?

feather destructive behavior

The propatagium, inner thighs, sternum, and dorsum are the typical sites of feather loss due to?

FDB

Environmental changes, scolding (seen as reward), isolation, and changes in routine are all factors that increase the likelihood of ?

FDB

Ectoparasites rarely cause?

FDB

Endocrine imbalances are rarely a cause of?

FDB

Primary dermatologic conditions are _____ in birds.

rare

____ def. can result in scaly skin and dull feathers.

Vit. A

What endoparasite of the gut might be a cause of FDB?

giardia

The tx of_____ is aimed at improving diet, environment, and decreasing stress.

FDB

What is one of the most frustrating aspects of avian med?

tx of FDB

When treating _____ with pyschotherapeutic drugs, all of them work some of the time, none work all of the time.

FDB

What is one of the most common reasons birds end up in rescue org. or re-homed?

FDB

______ is common in cockatiels, budgies, and lovebirds, it occurs in the absence of a mate, and increases the risk of egg binding, yolk peritonitis, malnutrition and osteoperosis.

chronic egg laying

You can ____ the photo period to help decrease chronic egg laying.

decrease

Removal of nesting stimuli (shredded paper, toys, other mates, and nesting boxes) is done to help tx?

chronic egg laying

Inappropriate pair bonding with humans is a cause of this dz in females.

chronic egg laying

Leuprolide acetate, with changes in management strategies is the best tx for?

chronic egg laying

_____ used to treat chronic egg laying suppresses ovulation, but they birds can develop ab's to the drug.

HCG

What is the sx tx for chronic egg laying in birds? what doesn't it remove, and what can this cause?

salpingohysterectomy; the ovaries = cystic ovary, mis-ovulated eggs, yolk peritonitis)

The c/s for ______ are depression, abdominal straining, dyspnea, abdominal swelling, and lameness in the left leg.

egg binding

What are the 2 tx for egg binding?

stabilize bird; extraction via manual manipulation, ovocentesis, c-section, or salpingohysterectomy

____ is usually an ascending infection of the oviduct.

salpingitis

Abdominal distention, anorexia, wt. loss, no c/s, are the c/s for ______ which can also be assoc. w/ abnormal/retained eggs, or yolk peritonitis.

salpingitis

What are the 3 tx for egg yolk peritonitis?

fluids/warmpth, abdominocentesis, sx to remove debris/salpingohysterectomy

Which spp. of bird are at high risk for developing neoplasia? Most often the tumors are ____ upon discovery.

budgies; advanced

What two neoplasia are common in male birds?

sertoli cell tumors, seminomas

_____ occurs secondary to chronic straining.

cloacal prolapse

Rule outs for ______ are cloacitis, papillomas, chronic egg laying, and an abdominal mass.

cloacal prolapse

What is the tx for cloacal prolapse?

temp. stay sutures in vent, cloacopexy, ventplasty

This metabolic dz is common in african grey parrots.

hypocalcemia

In coordination to epileptic seizures in african greys is most likely ______, and is treated with ______and _____.

hypocalcemia; Ca gluconate; diazepam

Cat bites in birds can lead to fatal _____.

septicemia

Pipracillin, cefotaxime, amikacin, and tobramycin are all _____ abx for the tx of bite wounds.

aggressive

Distal wing frx are best treated with a ____ bandage.

figure 8

Proximal wing fractures are treated with a _____ bandage, followed by wrapping the wing to the body.

figure 8

Lower limb frx in birds are tx with?

modified robert jones

Neuro. signs, anemia, poly chromasia, disruption of heme formation, hemoglobinuria, and polyuria are the c/s for this tox.

lead

What are the top 2 tx for lead poisoning?

supportive care; Ca EDTA

Weakness maybe the only c/s with _____ tox. and the tx is similar to lead.

zinc

How do you dx zinc poisoning? (2)

rads = metal in gut, high zinc conc. in blood

Signs of _____ tox. include anorexia, weakness, crop stasis, ataxia, mm. twitching, prolapsed nictitans, increased resp. secretions, dyspnea, and bradycardia.

OP

_____ is not given to birds for bradycardia, why?

atropine; they are not responsive to igt

What is the tx for OP poisoning?

2-pam

Birds are not as sensitive to ____ ____ tox. but it is seen more often in carnivorous birds. why? tx?

rodenticide anticoags.; more likely to eat a rodent that is ingested the poison; K1

Peanut butter helps do what when given to birds?

helps pass particulates

E.coli, klebsiella, enterobacter, and chlamydiophila are the 4 most common?

pathogenic bacteria

Bacterial infxs are most common in ____ b/c they are ______.

chicks; immunocompromised

Any gram- bacteria is bad, should swab and culture all birds, and cloacal/choana culture is meaning full are all _______ about bacterial infxns in birds.

misconceptions

What is the most frequent site for bacterial infxns in birds?

resp. tract

Primary ____ dz is most often seen in the resp. tract of adult birds.

fungal

What is the most common resp. pathogen in birds?

chlamydiophyla

In birds ____ cultures are the most enlightening.

deep

Swelling of the areas around the eyes are indicative of?

sinusitis (extension of resp. infxn)

Trephination, flushing, abx based on culture, and nebulization are the tx for?

sinus infxn

______ can cause severe enteritis, cloacitis, and death, and is a common cause of rancid droppings.

C. perf

The most common skin problem in birds is from?

trauma/ bite wounds

Use gram __ abx in birds with caution.

+

Which abx in birds causes aplastic anemia?

chloramphenicol

______ is aka parrot feve, ornithosis, and psittacosis.

avian chlamydosis

Avian chlamydosis is _____ and _____!

zoonotic; reportable

Often chlamydiosis is often _____ in carrier birds.

asymptomatic

A sick bird with upper resp. or GI signs with biliverdinuria, hepato/splenomegaly, leukocytosis, monocytosis, and increased bile acids are the c/s for this zoonotic avian dz.

Chlamydosis

What is the best dx tool for chlamydiosis?

PCR

If you dx chlamydiosis in a multi-bird house hold you should? how long?

tx all birds; long 30-45 days

Why do you have to give oral or injectable doxy. to a bird with chlamydiosis?

medicated food/water may not be adequately consumed and is inactivated by light

Candida, aspergillus, and gastric yeast are common causes of _______ (spp) fungal infections.

psittacine

Sour crop, crop stasis, wt. loss, and slow growth are the c/s for _____ infxns of the GI common in nestlings.

yeast

Long term abx use can predispose birds to this GI infxn.

candidia yeast

____ ____ yeast is most common in the small birds (canaries, parrotlets, budgies, cockatiels and lovebirds.

avian gastric

Lugols iodine is the best stain of feces for?

Avian gastric yeast

When treating AGY, _____ is 100% effective, but _______ B is used.

nothing; amphoteracin

_____ infxns usually affects the lower resp. system but can cause URI, ocular, or skin infxns.

aspergillosis

_______ is most common in african greys amazons, pionus, senegals, cockatiels, and maccaws. also galliformes.

aspergillosis

Exposure to high spore loads, corncob or straw bedding, moldy feed, wet nest material, house plant potting soil, hypo. vit A, and all-seed diets are the predisposing factors for a bird to develop?

aspergillosis

A truly diagnostic sample for infxns must come from these places.(4)

air sacs, lung biopsy, deep tracheal swa, and sinus cavity biopsy

The tx of _____ takes months, and they must be on oxygen and itraconazole and amphotericin B.

aspergillosis

You should be conscious of treating african greys with _____ for aspergillosis b/c it is TOXIC.

itraconazole

You must treat past the resolution of c/s with _____ infxns.

aspergillosis

Viral dz dx is most often done with ?

PCR

_____ virus has basophilic inclusion bodies, and affects all parrot spp., mostly nestlings and aged birds who present with ascites, crop stasis, malformation of feathers.

polyoma

Adult birds with the ____virus are usually asymptomatic.

polyoma

______ virus in other birds besides parrots is most often sen at the time of feathering.

polyoma

The c/s for _____ include acute death, swollen coelom due to large liver, flock deaths, depression, wt. loss, crop statis,and bruising and hemorrhage due to poor clotting.

polyoma virus

"French molt" in budgies is assoc. with?

polyoma virus

Crop dilation and hemorrhage is most likely due to this virus.

polyoma

Psittacine beak and feather dz (PBFD) is caused by a ___virus that is highly stable and resistant to disinfectants.

corona

_____ in the acute form in neonates presents with a high mortality, septic/2ndary infxns, thymic necrosis, and pancytopenia.

PBFD

Feather agenesis, easily epilated feathers, and pancytopenia are the c/s for this viral dz and you must treat the animal like it has parvo. why?

PBFD; the virus is super resistant and very infectious

IM inclusion bodies and intracytoplasmic inclusion bodies and PCR are good dx for this dz in young and juvenile parrot spp.

PBFD

What is the tx for PBFD?

none, euth?

Proventricular dilatation dz, is caused by an avian ____virus that leads to lymphoplasmacytic ganglioneurtis and encephalitis.

borna

Prolonged incubation, wasting maldigestion (undigested food in droppings), vomiting, loss of innervation to the GI*, ataxia, intention tremors, seizures, and weakness are all c/s for this viral dz.

PDD

Lead/zinc tox, AGY, GI obstruction, viral encephalitis, tuberculosis and parasite infxn are the ddx for this viral dz.

PDD

What dx method is definitive in the dx of PDD?

histopath (myenteric lymphoplasmacytic ganglioneuritis)

What are the top 2 tx for PDD?

feed liquid or highly digestible food; NSAIDS COX2 inhibs. meloxicam, celecoxib)

Birds that survive PDD infxns must be _______ isolated.

permanently

Herp. virus causes _____ in the cloaca of birds.

papillomas

What are the top sx tx for psittacine papillomas? (3)

palliative removal; chemical cautery (silver nitrate); radio/laser/cryo sx

Macaws are most likely to develop ____ papillomas.

internal

Acute mortality, depression, yellow/green urates, anorexia, regurg. wide spread death in groups, and history of contact w/ a neotropical bird are the c/s for herpes virus that leaves eosinophilic intraNUCLEAR inclusion bodies.

pacheco's herpes virus

Rapid dx of pacheco's herp. infxn in birds is done by? other, less reliable methods?

necropsy; PCR, Inclusion bodies, FA

What drug maybe used to treat the flock that has pacheco's dz?

acyclovir

T/F pacheco's dz has no vaccine.

F; it does, may not be infected

Giardia, sarcosystis, and external parasites are the only ______ we are concerned about.

parasites

How do you dx and tx giardia in birds?

dx = fecal smear, stain, ELISA; tx= metronidazole, fenbendazole

Old world parrots are very susep. to this parasite that is transported by opossum, cockroaches, and flies which causes lung edema, hepato/splenomegaly, and meningoencephalitis, and acute death.

sarcosystis

Kneimidocoptes aka -______ _____ causes featherless areas and is dx'ed by?

scaly leg and face mites; skin scrape

Budgies are the most common spp. to get the scaly and leg face mites, aka?

kneimidocoptes

How do you treat the scaly leg and face mite?

ivermectin

Kneimidocoptes can cause _____ follicle cysts.

feather

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