Roundworms in Birds

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Published: July 24, 2008
Roundworms in Birds

Roundworm in Birds

Gastrointestinal parasites can cause many problems in a bird's stomach and intestines, but also affects the normal functions of other organs. Roundworms, in particular, are a type of parasite which affects the bird's digestive tract.

 

Symptoms and Types

The usual symptoms of a roundworm infection are weakness and weight loss. Also, if left untreated, the roundworms can eventually obstruct the bird's intestine.

Causes

Pet birds usually contract roundworms from wild birds, either from encountering these wild animals while being housed outdoors or from its time at a bird store (if it was brought from one). Infected birds can also transmit the parasites to its eggs.

Treatment

Roundworms are diagnosed by testing the bird's droppings for parasitic eggs. The veterinarian will then prescribe medication to kill the worms, usually given orally. A second or third dose of the medicine is sometimes necessary for removing all roundworm eggs.

Also, if the roundworms coil into a bunch and obstruct the bird's intestines, surgery may be needed.

Prevention

You can prevent a gastrointestinal parasite from infecting your bird, by getting it regularly de-wormed at the veterinarian's office.


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