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Vitamin A Deficiency In Pet Birds

By Palani_CML

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Due to dietary deficiencies, some pet birds may have a lack of necessary vitamin A. Learn more about this deficiency, how to recognize it, and how to treat it from a Santo veterinarian.

Cause

Most often, birds develop a vitamin A deficiency when their diet consists exclusively of seeds and nuts. Birds must be given fruits and vegetables regularly along with their regular bird food to supplement the diet with essential vitamins and minerals.

Symptoms

White spots around the mouth and eyes are the first sign of vitamin A deficiency. These spots can become infected and turn into abscesses. Difficulty breathing, wheezing, sneezing, loss of appetite, weight loss, gagging, tail bobbing, listlessness, and depression are other common signs of a vitamin A deficiency in birds. It’s imperative that you contact your vet’s office immediately if you notice any of these symptoms in your pet.

Treatment

Once your bird is diagnosed with a vitamin A deficiency, your veterinarian will advise you on correcting the condition. Any symptoms will be treated as necessary to return your bird to full health, and your vet will advise you on correcting your bird’s dietary habits. Ask your vet to provide you with examples of good foods to feed your bird that contain vitamin A and vitamin A precursors—foods that will eventually be turned into vitamin A by your bird’s body systems.

Fruits high in vitamin A and vitamin A precursors include cantaloupe, papaya, and apricots. Good vegetable choices include broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, collards, and chili peppers. Ask your Santo veterinary professional about other good vitamin A-rich foods to feed your bird. By providing these fruits and veggies regularly to supplement your bird’s regular pellet diet, vitamin A deficiencies can usually be completely avoided. Contact your vet’s office today to discuss a proper, balanced diet for your pet bird in more detail.

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