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Birds catching pink eye?

It seems that i have a mild case of pink eye,

will my Conure catch it? im not going to hold her untill im cure or know that she cant catch it.. just to be sure..

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Yes, birds can catch it and it's highly contagious. It displays itself as an upper respiratory infection, as well as the gunky red eyes, and can lead to pneumonia if not treated. Do not hold, pet, touch your bird while you have it and if you do anything near her cage wash your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap.

To treat it requires a week of eye drops in the birds eye and flushing the eye, so it's not easy



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Ok thnk you very much..

I now think it is not pink eye.. As it is not swelling..
Just got infected by a dirty contact as I wear them every day.. But I havnt been handling ice at all.. She comes to the cage door but I have to leave her in there.. I will still be looking for swollen eyes in both her and me and if I do I'll rush her to the vet as fast as I can.. Thank you Jenny!


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I don't know anything about pink eye. Is it that dangerous!?

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I have no idea.. it seems that way though..

it wasnt pink eye.. just my contacts inflaming my eye.. i stopped wearing them yesterday and the red has gone down extremelly... stil not taking the chance with ice though..

im going to a huge bird store today and im going to go pick up a bid harness.. so i can let ice explore the rest of our house without flying fracticallly and hittting walls

may pick up a few toys too!


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the technical term for pink eye is conjunctivitis. There are three forms - viral, bacterial, and allergic. Viral and allergic aren't contagious, but can turn bacterial which is contagious. Here's a link with some info and photos to find symptoms:

http://www.avianweb.com/avianconjunctivitis.html

Note chiefly to look for swollen eyelids, red eyelids, and gooey eyes



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Thank you Jenny! Looks very icky!

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Those must be serious conditions there. Whenever I have pink eye it's never like that! Man I hate eye drops too!


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Pink eye is deadly in birds. We don't think about that because we can treat it so easily today in humans. I think years ago it was something people were quarantined for having, though. Modern day antibiotics really help people with this condition.

I have had chickens die from this, though, so it is serious in birds.


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Oh okay!


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