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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Uric Acid Estimation in Lovebirds Droppings

A Trial was conducted among 85 lovebirds of different types to find out the uric acid level in the droppings. Mean levels of uric acid estimated in fresh isolated droppings in 85 lovebirds was found to be 27.47 mg/gm of droppings (range was 7.1 to 63.2 mg/gm droppings)

The uric acid level found out in fresh isolated dropping in the lovebirds examined is of useful in differentiating renal system based uric acid imbalance. Whenever gout (visceral or articular gout) occurs in these birds.

Burr (1987) stated that it was not the level of the dietary protein that induces the disease, but an imbalance of amino acid causing greater production of uric acid: The impaired renal function or urinary tract obstruction commonly leads to urate deposition.


In general, high serum uric acid levels >20 mg/dl are associated with following condition:
  • Renal injury as in amino glycoside damage
  • Water deprivation and decreased water intake
  • Stress/massive tissue trauma/Inactivity
  • Severe lipaemia
  • High carbohydrate - Low protein diet
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiency
Sequel of high Uric Acid

What happens if there is excess accumulation of uric acid (>20 mg/dl) in the system of the lovebirds? You can expect precipitation of uric acid in the tissues and further damage to kidneys and other organs, a vicious circle.

Additional Points
  • Raptor birds usually have high serum uric acid due to their consumption of prey animals that are rich in purine.
  • Uric acid level in droppings was estimated first and the findings might be consider as a base value.
Burr, E.W. 1987. Companion bird medicine. Iowa State University Press, USA.

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