Ringworm in birds

We call mycosis diseases caused by a microscopic fungus that can affect any animal. Often, these mycoses attack when the immune system has low defenses, so it is important to have our animals well cared for, fed and clean.

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There are many types of mycoses and can affect the respiratory tract, digestive tract or others, so you should watch your bird to try to understand where the problem comes from. In this article by YourCatCareguide we will explain the types of mycoses in the most common birds , but if you suspect that your bird has been attacked by some fungus, you should go to the vet to evaluate it and recommend the most appropriate treatment.

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Mites on feathers

It is caused by the parasite syrongophilus bicectinata and causes the feathers to fall to excess. The bird takes on a misaligned appearance and can often have sores on the skin.

The veterinarian should be responsible for recommending the most accurate treatment, but usually a spray acaricide is used over the affected regions, usually for 10 days. It is important to thoroughly clean the cage with bleach to remove all fungi and to allow it to dry until the smell disappears.


It is a skin condition produced by the fungus tricophiton or microsporum and produces a peeling of the skin , it gives the sensation that the bird has dandruff. It is a very contagious disease and causes feathers to fall quickly. To treat it is recommended a cream of ketoconazole and use gloves to apply it on the bird, since it can also infect humans.


It is a type of fungus that can be transmitted by respiratory or digestive tract . There are several types of aspergillosis and the most common is the one that causes infection of the respiratory tract, although it can also affect the eyes or the visceral organs. The animal will have difficulty breathing, diarrhea and even seizures.

The fungus responsible for this infection can be in the spores in the air or in contaminated food. It happens more in chicks than in adult birds. Treatment loses efficacy over time, antibiotics and antifungals are recommended .

Intestinal Mucormycosis

This type of mycosis attacks the abdominal lymphatic system and can end up being a chronic problem if it is not treated in time. Birds have diarrhea and are sometimes mistaken for another disease. However, if it is not treated in time, it can affect the growth of the bird and cause problems in plumage. Treatment with water-soluble antifungal agents, such as sodium propionate, is generally recommended.


It is a mycosis in birds that affects the upper digestive tract. In the throat you can see white wounds . It may appear after prolonged treatment with antibiotics, some intestinal diseases or with contaminated food.

It can be treated with an antifungal cream type Micostatin, however, as on all previous occasions, the veterinarian should be advised to advise the best treatment.

This article is purely informative, in YourCatCareguide.com.br we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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