LEAD OR OTHER HEAVY METAL TOXICITY IN BIRDS
 
Description    Lead Toxicity affects free-flying birds and poorly-managed companion or commercial birds. Shot, paint, galvanizing material and solder are some of the sources. Ingested lead might be visible on radiography. Other metals such as zinc, mercury, arsenic, and tin also cause clinical signs.
 
Species   Avian
 
Signs   Abnormal behavior, aggression, changing habits, Abnormal hindlimb reflexes, Abnormal proprioceptive positioning, Anorexia, Ataxia, Blindness, Bloody stools, feces, hematochezia, Change in voice, Circling, Coma, Decreased amount of stools, absent feces, constipation, Dehydration, Diarrhea, Dullness, Dysmetria, Dysphagia, Generalized weakness, Head, face, ears, jaw, nose, nasal, swelling, Hematuria, Hemoglobinuria or myoglobinuria, Hypothermia, Inability to stand, Increased mortality in flocks of birds, Lack of growth or weight gain, Neck weakness, Nystagmus, Pale, Polydipsia, Polyuria, Red or brown urine, Reluctant to move, Ruffled, ruffling of the feathers, Seizures or syncope, Sudden death, Tetraparesis, Trembling, Tremor, Underweight, poor condition, thin, emaciated, unthriftiness, ill thrift, Unusual or foul odor, stools, feces, Vomiting or regurgitation, Weakness, paresis, paralysis of the legs, limbs in birds, Weakness, paresis, paralysis, drooping, of the wings, Weight loss
 
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