Canaries make excellent pets; their beautiful song and cheerful, alert demeanor make any bird lover very pleased with them. However, like any other pet, it requires care to stay in good condition and avoid diseases that can put its health at risk. Here we explain which are the most common diseases in canaries and their main causes, so you can protect your little bird, giving it all the attention it requires.

Steps to follow:                      

1. As with many animals, external parasites such as mites and lice are great enemies of canaries, affecting their skin and feathers and putting their health at risk.

External parasites appear normally because we do not clean the canary’s cage properly, so it is very important to do it regularly and thoroughly, and to always apply products to prevent parasites.

2. The acariasis on the legs of our canary is another common condition that these birds are given for lack of hygiene in the cage. It is reflected when our pet has scabs and wounds on its legs, which can lead to deformation and even death. Hence, cleaning the habitat of our canary is so important.

3. The intestinal parasites are also common in canaries, occurring frequently when the containers of food and water the animal not adequately neat. It is important to note that they must be changed and cleaned daily to avoid this condition.

The samples of white spots in the stool of our canary, loss of appetite and weight, and constant drowsiness are some of the symptoms of this condition.

4. We usually have our canary outdoors, in a garden or terrace or very close to a window, but it is always important to locate the cage correctly and away from drafts, in this way we can prevent one of the most common diseases in the canaries, pneumonia .

5. Another common problem that canaries present is the sudden fall of their feathers outside of the molting season. This is due once again to the poor hygiene of the cage and also to a poor diet in nutrients.

Regular cleaning of the cage and a varied and nutritious diet is the best way to prevent this disease.

6. Coccidiosis is one of the most dangerous diseases that affect canaries, because once its symptoms appear, the animal usually dies within a few days if it does not receive the appropriate treatment. It is produced by the contagion of other animals, usually through water or food.

It is very important that the canary’s cage is properly prepared to prevent other birds from drinking or eating its food. Once again hygiene is essential. Symptoms of this disease are bloody diarrhea, beak drooling, and weight loss.

7. Colibacillosis is also a common condition in canaries, which can also be transmitted to man. It occurs when our bird consumes contaminated food or water.

Lack of energy, sleep and green diarrhea are the main symptoms of this disease, which if not treated in time could take the life of our bird.

8. Other diseases such as diphtheria, inflammation of the intestine or cysts are also common in canaries. Remember the importance of taking care of your animal by always keeping its cage and food clean and guaranteeing it a correct and adequate habitat, in order to always keeps it healthy and happy.

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