The Lovebirds

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Gout in Lovebirds

Gout is a metabolic disorder characterized by deposition of urates and uric acid crystals in visceral organs or tissues of the lovebirds. Articular gout is regarded as chronic form. Visceral gout is regarded as acute form. Signs are not specific in visceral gout but in articular gout a typical tophi with whitish yellow centers can be seen around the joints, ligaments and tendons.

Symptoms of Gout

The general symptoms noticed among the lovebirds with gout are-
  • General swelling of the foot
  • Bumps on the feet
  • Change in temperament
  • Abnormal droppings
  • Lethargic
  • Decreased appetite

Diagnosis of Gout in Lovebirds

Diagnosis can be achieved by-
  • Diet analysis
  • Environmental factor analysis
  • Availability of fresh and clean water

Confirmative diagnosis involves blood tests, X-rays, biopsy and joint fluid analysis. Presence of uric acid crystals in the joint fluid, blood and tissues confirms the presence of gout in your lovebirds.


Affected birds must be treated through out its life. Subject the bird on a low protein diet and may supplement with Vitamin A, if the cause is dietary factors. Allopurinol, a uric acid reducer also being administered to the affected lovebirds on consultation with your avian practitioner. Adequate inclusion of vitamins through greens and vitamin supplements help to minimize the damage to the tissues and joints.

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