Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders in Birds

Avian Heart And Blood Vessel Disorders

 

Many avian diseases affect not only the bird’s whole body, but also cause heart and blood vessel disorders in birds of any age, including young birds. These bird disorders are usually due to infections or old age. Just like humans in old age, some birds commonly suffer from heart and blood vessel disorders.

 

Symptoms and Types

 

If the heart and blood vessel disorders are due to old age, symptoms may include, difficulty walking and flying (or other movements), difficulty breathing, and a shortness of breath.

 

If the heart and blood vessel disorders are due to an infection, symptoms usually include, general lethargy, diarrhea and appetite loss.

 

Causes

 

Some infections that can cause heart and blood vessel disorders are polyomavirus and Pacheco’s disease, both of which are rapid and result in early death of the bird. And while some of the viruses can be deadly, protozoan parasites do not always cause a disease in the affected bird, unless triggered by stress or other illnesses.

 

Diagnosis

 

Heart and blood vessel disorders caused by viral, bacterial or parasitic infections are generally diagnosed through blood tests.

 

Comments  0

Leave Comment

Does your pet have an identification tag or microchip?

  • Lifetime Credits:
  • Today's Credits:
Hurry Before All Seats are Taken!
Enroll
Be an A++ Pet Parent! Take fun & free courses to earn badges & certifications. Choose a course»
Around the Web

MORE FROM PETMD.COM