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Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo, Veterinarian with a heavy emphasis on avian medicine
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Experience:  DVM from Iowa State University in 1994; actively engaged in private regular and emergency practice since that time.
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Can pearl grays contract ringworm ?

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Can pearl grays contract ringworm ?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
If so what do I treat it with? His behavior patterns are normal His appetite seems normal
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
If he starts purring I'll know he's been playing with the neighbors cat
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
I'm Dr. Jo and I'm here to help you with your question about your cockatiel and ringworm. I'm so sorry he's got you worried, but glad you're looking for the information you need.
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Ringworm is another term for dermatophytosis, a fungal infection of the skin. Dermatophytosis is commonly blamed for a variety of skin and feather abnormalities, but it's actually very rare. Diagnosis is confirmed through fungal culture (where you take a sample of skin flakes and feather and plant them on a medium that likes to grow the fungal organisms) or biopsy. It's worth emphasizing that positive tests for dermatophytes are actually very rare.
It also bears mentioning that dermatophytes can spread from bird to bird and also to people and other pets in the house, so caution is advised.
Dermatophytosis is treated in birds with the application of an antifungal cream, and usually takes several weeks if not months to resolve. Creams must be used with extreme caution in birds because it is necessary to avoid soaking down the bird with the oily cream and destroying the insulating ability of the feathers. I would NOT advise using any type of cream on your bird without having a confirmed diagnosis of dermatophytosis.
I'll add that there are many other causes of bald patches and scaly skin on a pearl gray cockatiel that are far more common than dermatophytosis.
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Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
Just checking to see if you have any additional questions after reviewing the information I provided above. I want to be as helpful as possible.