Cancer in Pet Birds

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    Tumors can be benign or malignant (cancerous) and can involve any organ or system. Some species of birds tend to develop benign fatty tumors called “Lipomas.”

    • Lipomas are commonly seen in overweight Amazon Parrot, Rose-breasted Cockatoos and Budgies. It seems that older budgies are more prone to tumors of the ovary, testicle or kidney, which may eventually put pressure on the sciatic nerve on the affected side, resulting in lameness of the foot or leg.
    • Fibromas are tumors found on the wing and they may need to be surgically removed. In some instances, amputation of the wing may be necessary.


    Eliminate Known Carcinogens From Your Pet’s Environment. These include:

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      €¢ herbicides,
      €¢ insecticides
      €¢ second-hand smoke
      €¢ radiation exposure
      €¢ and some viruses

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