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Gout

Find out what causes gouts in birds and how to treat it.

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM
Posted: January 25, 2013, 5:45 p.m. PST

DESCRIPTION OF

Visceral gout is the deposition of uric acid crystals in the tissue, which is usually associated with the final stages of renal disease.

SIGNS OF

Crop stasis and vomiting, often leading to death is caused by visceral gout.

WHAT TO DO

Green-winged macaw
By Gina Cioli/BowTie Studio/Courtesy Amy Baggs
Gout is usually associated with renal disease.
Provide your bird with a diet that reduces the workload of the kidneys. This includes a low-protein diet but non-protein calories should replace the reduced protein to meet your bird’s energy needs. To steer away from renal mineralization, reduce the amount of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and vitamin D3 in your bird’s diet. Vitamin A should be adequately available and in the case of polyuria accompanying gout, vitamin B should be increased to compensate for the loss.

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