Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD) In Birds
Proventricular dilatation disease (PDD), also known as macaw wasting syndrome and parrot wasting syndrome is a disorder that affects the nerve supply of the gastrointestinal tract of birds. In some cases, it can also affect the nerve supply of other organs. The condition has been diagnosed among Amazon parrots, macaws, cockatoos, African grey parrots, and conures. Affected birds lose weight and suffer bouts of vomiting. There may als0 be distinct changes in the droppings and the crop may also be swollen. The bird’s crop is found near the throat and is described as a muscular pouch. Some birds, however, are asymptomatic which means they don’t show any signs of the problem until it is well-advanced and complications have started to set in. The treatment regimen mainly involves giving non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and placing the bird on a special diet. Unfortunately, there is no cure for PDD. Medications are only given to reduce pain and improve the bird’s quality of life.
Consult your veterinary clinic Ellicott City, MD before giving any medication to your pet bird.