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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Redness around the canary bird's beak and eyes locked,

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redness around the canary bird's beak and eyes locked, weakness
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I mean eyes closed
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

Thank you! Give me a moment to take a look, please...

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

I appreciate your efforts but the photos are out of focus and difficult to assess. Can you try again and perhaps use a macro lens for good close-ups? When more than one canary is affected, a contagious infectious agent is likely. Please note that vitamin A deficiency results in abnormal epithelium, such as that lining the respiratory tract; abnormal epithelium is easily invaded by microorganisms. Many microorganisms, most commonly bacteria, can infect the respiratory system of birds. However, viruses (poxvirus, e.g.), fungi, parasites, tumors, Mycoplasma, and especially Chlamydophila (which causes chlamydiosis in birds) can result in respiratory infections.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

I sent the photos to my friend who is a specialist veterinary pathologist with a special interest in birds and she thought as I did that both canary pox virus and Cnemidocoptes (the scaly leg and face mite) should be considered. There's no treatment for canary pox but the mite can be treated with moxidectin which is found in the product Scatt which you can see here:

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