Feather Mites in Birds

Although feather mites aren’t diagnosed often in indoor birds, they are dangerous and are contagious to other birds, so it’s best to be aware of the disorder. Read more about feather mites as a Sugarland vet provides more information below.

The Mite

The parasitic red mite, which lives outdoors, is the cause of feather mite infestations in birds.

Symptoms in Your Bird

The most common sign of a parasitic mite infection in birds is restlessness. Your bird will be restless throughout the day and even more at night. Since the mites are sucking blood from your bird, anemia can result over time. Younger birds are at an even greater risk, so call your veterinary professional as soon as you notice any unusual symptoms in your bird.

Diagnosis and Treatment

One way to tell if your bird is suffering from a mite infestation is to cover the bottom of your pet’s cage with a white sheet. Leave it there overnight. By the next morning, some tiny mites will have fallen on the sheet at the bottom of the cage, visible to the human eye. If possible, collect a few of the mites to bring along to your veterinarian’s office. This will help with confirming a diagnosis and treatment.

Once your Sugarland veterinarian has confirmed an infestation of feather mites, various medications will be prescribed. Some come in spray form, powders, oral medicine, or injections. Ask your veterinarian for the specifics of the treatment and make sure you’re aware of the treatment schedule and timetable.

Once your bird has been treated, clean the cage thoroughly before reintroducing your bird. Mites can live in various spots in the cage, especially wooden areas, so it’s important to rid your pet’s environment of them before putting the animal back in. Call your veterinarian if you suspect a re-infestation, as your bird will need further treatment.



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