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Dr. Michael Salkin
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I have a canary with terrible sores on its beak and round

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I have a canary with terrible sores on its beak and round ball like sores on its wings
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

Pat, can you upload a photo(s) of your canary's beak and affected wing area to our conversation? You can use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see that icon) or you can use an external app such as

Feather cysts will appear as in in-grown feathers forming hard, yellow nodules on the skin of canaries with complex feathering such as the Norwich, Border, and Gloucester strains. The lesions around its beak are puzzling but suggest a strain of poxvirus.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I hope these pictures work
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

Thank you. Poxvirus-induced neoplastic (cancerous) lesions should be an important differential diagnosis. I'm going to send the pics to a friend of mine who is a veterinary pathologist with a special interest in birds. I'll return to our conversation with more information after I hear from her. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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