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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have noticed some white dots on one of my parakeets. I

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I have noticed some white dots on one of my parakeets. I bought some spray that I have sprayed on him. It doesn't say how long I should continue this treatment or if they will transfer to humans. Any guidance would be wonderful
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
I recommend that you discontinue such a spray unless ectoparasites are confirmed on Blue Boy. Mites are the most important of the parasites but they don't appear as white dots; in fact, they're invisible to the naked eye. The scaly leg and face mite (Cnemidocoptes) is the only mite of significance in parakeets and causes crusting about the beak and feet. Most important, if only one parakeet is affected, this and other parasites are unlikely. It's unclear what those white dots represent - lice eggs (nits)? I would collect them on a moistened cotton tip applicator and examine them microscopically for you. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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