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Common Emergencies in Pet Birds


Common Emergencies in Pet Birds

Jane D Stout. Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract.


Treating avian emergencies can be a challenging task. Pet birds often mask signs of illness until they are critically ill and require quick initiation of supportive care with minimal handling to stabilize them. This article introduces the clinician to common avian emergency presentations and details initial therapeutics and diagnostics that can be readily performed in the small-animal emergency room. Common disease presentations covered include respiratory and extrarespiratory causes of dyspnea, gastrointestinal signs, reproductive disease, neurologic disorders, trauma, and toxin exposure. The duration and severity of the avian patient's disease and the clinician's initiation of appropriate therapy often determines clinical outcome.

Keywords: Bird; Dyspnea; Dystocia; Emergency; Regurgitation; Seizure; Toxin; Trauma.

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