Trichomoniasis In Birds
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Trichomonas gallinae is a single cell parasite that can cause a disease known as trichomoniasis in birds.
Trichomoniasis can affect many birds. The common name for the disease is "Canker". We tend to see this in many budgies, and finches. An increase in the number of reported out breaks of "Canker" has been due to the hot weather in 2006.
Trichomonas typically causes local sites of infections to develop at the throat and gullet.
Signs to watch for are:
The spread of trichomonas is vulnerable to desiccation and cannot survive for long periods outside the host. Transmission of infection between birds is most likely to be by birds feeding one another with regurgitated food during the breeding season; through food or drinking water contaminated with recently regurgitated saliva, or possibly, from droppings of an infected bird.
Trichomonas gallinae is a parasite of birds and does not pose a health threat to humans or dogs and cats. The parasite tends to affect captive poultry and pet birds.
Where a problem with trichomoniasis exists, general measures for control of the disease should be taken.
Call us for any further help you may need in helping with your sick birds.