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T.J. Lafeber D.V.M.

A System Worth Protecting


A System Worth Protecting

This large organ system is particularly susceptible to infection, and thus, requires added surveillance and care.

Respiratory problems of pet birds are characterized by their slow, sneaky onset, and then their persistence to the point that the lives of the animals may be endangered.

Unlike typical respiratory problems of man (colds), which are self limiting and rarely are serious or have complications, the respiratory problems of pet birds must be considered potentially dangerous. If the initial respiratory infection doesn't kill the patient, there is a possibility that the complications and after-effects will. The conclusion to be drawn from these statements is that the pet bird owner should be alert for the earliest signs of a problem, and then start treatment immediately. It respiratory diseases are not "put out'' early, they can become deeply entrenched and difficult to treat. After these diseases become established, complications and after-effects occur.

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