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MAF, AVMF partner to study infectious diseases

February 29, 2008

Denver, Colo. - 2/29/08 - The American Veterinary Medical Foundation and the Morris Animal Foundation will, for the second year in a row, co-sponsor two studies to fight canine and avian influenza.

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DVMs who handle birds at increased risk of avian flu, study finds

July 1, 2007

Few DVMS in this study reported using personal protective equipment.

Source: VETERINARY MEDICINE

Knemidocoptiasis in birds

December 1, 2006

This article reviews the recent literature, common clinical presentations, and current recommendations on diagnosing and treating knemidocoptiasis.

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Avian medicine: Instill a perioperative protocol to lessen anesthetic, iatrogenic risks

October 1, 2006

Anesthetic death is an unfortunate and unwelcome aspect of veterinary practice. Most, if not all, veterinarians have experienced the loss of a patient perioperatively. Especially unsettling is the death of a bird during the postoperative period when the patient is expected to make a complete recovery.

Source: VETERINARY MEDICINE

Help bird owners understand what a wing trim is and isn't (PDF)

February 1, 2006

Before trimming a bird`s wings, make sure the owner understands the procedure. Most important, the owner should know that wing trims are not meant to completely keep birds from flying. I designed this handout for my bird-owning clients, so we can discuss wing trims before they are performed. --Dr. Jeffrey Rhody, Laurel, Md.

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Heavy metal toxicoses in pet birds: Watch for combination of gastrointestinal and nervous systems signs

January 1, 2006

Surgery may be necessary if the lead particles cannot be removed with other methods.

Source: VETERINARY MEDICINE

Stabilizing companion birds in an emergency

December 1, 2005

Avian medicine in the United States and abroad tends to be more focused on crisis and intervention than on preventive care and wellness. Therefore, in this article I discuss some of the basic considerations of emergency medical care in pet birds.

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Fungal diseases of pet birds: Recognize infection early

August 1, 2005

Fungi are commonplace in the environment and some are even considered normal inhabitants of the skin, gastrointestinal tract and other mucous membrane surfaces. In most situations, healthy birds can ward off infection if their immune systems are intact and fully operational. In other cases, however, the immune system may be compromised leading to the development of serious infections. Paramount to properly managing fungal infections in avian species is the ability to recognize infection early in the course of disease, to administer appropriate antifungal medications for the location and severity of infection, and to continually assess a patient's response to therapy. The scope of this article is to provide a brief overview of several fungal diseases in companion avian species.

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West Nile virus infection: Essential facts for small-animal practitioners

May 1, 2005

The media buzz may have quieted considerably, but West Nile virus continues to cause illness and death nationwide and is here to stay. Within six years of the initial detection of this exotic mosquito-borne virus in New York, it has spread to all continental states, through Canada and Mexico, and into Central America.

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