Blackwell's five-minute veterinary consult. Avian by Jennifer E. Graham

By Jennifer E. Graham

Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary seek advice: Avian provides whole details on illnesses and prerequisites visible in birds in a quick-reference layout excellent for scientific perform. - deals quick entry to crucial details on 128 avian illnesses and syndromes- Written via prime specialists in avian drugs- makes use of the relied on Five-Minute Veterinary seek advice layout- specializes in functional scientific wisdom- comprises access Read more...

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RISK FACTORS r Clinically obese birds and heavy body breeds at high risk. r Previous trauma or fractures. r Wounds adjacent to or involving the joint. GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION None. SIGNALMENT r Middle-aged to geriatric birds of all species and both sexes. r Heavy breed chickens, waterfowl, turkeys, and peafowl are commonly affected. SIGNS General Comments r Severity of clinical signs depends on the location and severity of the lesion. r There may be a history of a high-calorie diet. Historical Findings r Intermittent, persistent, and/or progressive lameness.

Lowered perches, padded substrates, 19 soft perches, platforms, and ramps can be used to aid mobility, improve patient comfort, and reduce risk of injury from falls. Food and water dishes should be easily accessible and placed in multiple locations. Some birds will require permanently altered caging. DIET When obesity is a contributing factor, conversion to a lower-calorie or restricted-calorie diet is appropriate to minimize fat stores and continued degradation and erosion of the articular cartilage.

DIAGNOSIS DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS r Acute trauma (including fracture or joint luxation): Differentiated by history, physical examination findings, radiographic imaging, response to therapy, and outcome over the long term. r Bone cyst: Cyst identified by a combination of radiographs, ultrasound, and surgical biopsy/excision. r Amyloidosis: Presence of amyloid within the joint—identified by biopsy. r Numerous disease processes producing nonspecific signs of lethargy, weakness, reduced activity level, or impaired mobility.

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