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In issue 309 -
When an Older Parrot Has Never Learned Skilful Flight – Complete Psittacine by Eb Cravens
In issue 309 -
Scarlet Macaws – were they really bred by indigenous people in the 12th century? Rosemary Low asks the question
In issue 309 -
Understanding the link between nutrition, hormonal behaviours and the avian endocrine system, Part 1 – The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran
In issue 309 -
The Yellow-eared Parrot – continues to expand its range in Colombia. By David Waugh, Correspondent, Loro Parque Fundación
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The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran

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Nutrition for Preventing Aspergillosis, Part 1

Last month this column revealed that the key to preventing our birds from becoming infected with aspergillosis is directly linked to their diet and the level of nutrition they receive. We learned that, according to The American Society for Microbiology, the reason there has been such a dramatic increase worldwide in severe and fatal aspergillosis infections, is due to the increased number of immunosuppressed people. This information corresponds to avian aspergillosis data. Louise Bauck DVM, cautions us to always be aware that an aspergillosis infection is secondary to a condition that first caused the immune system to become suppressed or compromised. And, in order to prevent an aspergillosis infection, it is imperative that this fundamental, underlying, condition be addressed.

Two factors cause an individual’s immune system to become suppressed. The first are environmental stressors, and the second is inadequate nutrition. Nutritional research done at Louisiana State University, US, has shown that even mild-to-moderate undernutrition, as well as specific deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, or trace elements, compromises the immune system’s ability to respond.

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