Obviously, we always try to provide our beloved pets with the best possible care; yet, at the same time we could probably list off a number of occasions where we have ignored particular symptoms. For the most part, we feel that minor symptoms will not likely signify a major illness so it’s best to take a wait and see approach. Nevertheless, while there are some signs of illness that can be ignored, there are also a few that should never be ignored.
- Difficulty Urinating Clearly the inability to urinate is a serious symptom and difficulty passing urine is often associated with painful symptoms. While you’re not likely to ignore this problem, you also might not be aware of the problem because you assume your pet has gone somewhere at some point. Still, if you notice your pet isn’t toileting normally, visit the veterinarian immediately as an obstruction may be the cause and serious illness can ensue.
- Vomiting or Diarrhea All pet owners have probably experienced vomiting or diarrhea from their pet. In fact, vomiting to expel hairballs is quite common in cats and dogs can sometimes eat things that they shouldn’t. You need to be careful if your pet is vomiting or has diarrhea in addition to other symptoms like depression, lethargy, weakness, or lack of appetite.
- Physical Injury Physical injury or trauma may be the result of a run in with a vehicle or another animal. Unfortunately, we can’t always see physical trauma just by looking at our pets. You need to be vigilant about pain, difficulty moving, lameness, or other signs of physical trauma and see your vet immediately if you suspect your pet has undergone physical injury. Internal trauma can obviously be life threatening and only a veterinarian can diagnose and treat internal injuries.
Bird owners are probably aware that respiratory tract infections are quite common in pet birds, especially Aspergillosis.This condition is caused by a fungal infection in the bird’s airways and the subsequent illness can be quite serious.Depending on the type of infection, Aspergillosis in birds can be associated with a variety of symptoms.Generally speaking, there are two forms of Aspergillosis in birds: acute and chronic.
Acute bird aspergillosis is more often seen in young or recently imported birds and the symptoms tend to last only a short while despite being more severe.The main symptoms of the acute form of this respiratory tract infection include lack of appetite, breathing problems, and possibly death.In fact, left untreated, aspergillosis in birds causes air sacs in the lungs to become inflamed and the bird’s lungs may become congested with white mucus.On the other hand, chronic aspergillosis in birds is more common in older, captive birds.The infection may develop over a long period of time with several symptoms becoming apparent over the course of the illness.Listlessness, loss of appetite, weakness, depression, and breathing difficulties are the main symptoms of the chronic form of this bird respiratory tract infection; moreover, some of the symptoms may become permanent.Bone changes may occur and the upper respiratory tract may become misshapen.Chronic aspergillosis can also spread to the nervous system which causes tremors, loss of coordination, and in severe cases paralysis.
Avian aspergillosis is caused by fungal contamination of food or water sources in addition to nest boxes, incubators, and ventilated regions. This particular bird respiratory tract infection may also have a variety of environmental causes but when it’s caught early it can be treated therefore any time you notice respiratory tract issues in your bird, visit a veterinarian immediately.