Acariasis in Birds - Symptoms and Treatment

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. February 14, 2017
Acariasis in Birds - Symptoms and Treatment

Birds are increasingly being kept as domestic animals. This is because their characteristics are perfectly suited to the lifestyle of many people,en who see in these animals the most ideal of pets. Like any animal we choose to welcome in our home, birds need specific care, such as a large enough cage, optimal hygiene conditions and an environment free of stressful elements.

Birds are susceptible to many diseases, and it is important that owners learn to recognize them and treat them in time. In this article we'll show you the symptoms and treatment of acariasis in plumage.

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What is acariasis?

The term acariasis refers to a mite infection: as you know, mites area type of arthropod parasites. Such an infection can be exogenous and cause external manifestations, such as acariasis in plumage, but it can also be internal and cause a more severe clinical condition such as respiratory acariasis.

All birds can contract acariasis in their plumage, although the mite species will depend on the type of bird. For example, pigeons are especially affected by the mite families Sarcoptidae and Trombodidae, while canaries are most affected by the mite Enemidocoptes mutans. The parasites that cause acariasis in plumage do so through the subcutaneous skin.

While it is important to treat this disease, it is usually not too serious for the bird. However, each case must be assessed individually.

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Symptoms of acariasis in plumage

If your bird suffers from acariasis in the plumage, the infestation will manifest through the following symptoms:

  • Loss of plumage
  • Hardening of the skin of the digits
  • Sticky fluid in the plumage
  • Fine white scabs
  • Nervousness
  • Deformation of the legs
  • Constant scratching

Faced with these symptoms, you should go to the vet as early as possible so that they may recommend a treatment.

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Diagnosis and treatment of acariasis in birds

To diagnose this disease, the vet will usually rely on its clinical manifestations and then prescribe a treatment. Depending on the specific case, the following therapeutic measures may be recommended:

  • Baths with boric water
  • Topical treatment with creams to combat scabies
  • Specific insecticides for birds
  • Lindane, an ecto-parasitic drug

Remember that the veterinarian is the only person qualified to prescribe a treatment to combat acariasis in plumage. You should also perform a thorough cleaning of the cage and all your pet's accessories.

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How to prevent acariasis in birds

To prevent acariasis in birds and other parasitic diseases, it is important to consider the following tips:

  • You must always keep the environment clean, both in the cage and at home in general.
  • Have a pool so our birds can enjoy a swim. This will prevent mites from appearing.
  • Clean the bird cage once a week, as well as all the bird's utensils.
  • Spend time with the bird. This will help you observe any unusual signs that might be indicative of a pathology.
  • The bird should be well fed with specific products of good quality.
  • Drink dispensers should be cleaned daily.
  • The bird should always have fresh clean water
  • Never use any topical or oral drugs without proper veterinary prescription
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This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.

If you want to read similar articles to Acariasis in Birds - Symptoms and Treatment, we recommend you visit our Parasitic diseases category.

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