SALT, SODIUM, TOXICITY IN BIRDS
 
Description    Rock salt can be toxic for pet birds, particularly in contaminated water or food. Accidental salt toxicosis in commercial birds has been reported due to an error in mixing feeds. Exposure to hypersaline playa lakes can cause toxicity in waterfowl.
 
Species   Avian
 
Signs   Anorexia, Ataxia, Diarrhea, Dullness, Dysmetria, Dyspnea, Excitement, Generalized weakness, Hemoglobinuria or myoglobinuria, Hyperesthesia, Inability to stand, Increased mortality in flocks of birds, Increased respiratory rate, Opisthotonus, Polydipsia, Polyuria, Red or brown urine, Seizures or syncope, Sudden death, Torticollis, Trembling, Tremor, Weakness, paresis, paralysis of the legs, limbs in birds, Weakness, paresis, paralysis, drooping, of the wings
 
References   Crespo R. Bilateral Malacia Associated with Sodium Poisoning in Turkey Poults. Avian Dis 2008;52:179 [Web Reference]
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