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TREATMENT AND RECOVERY OF AN IODINE DEFICIENCY IN BIRDS

Successful treatment always depends on the severity of the bird's condition. Recovery of an iodine deficiency is only possible, when iodine is added back into the diet of affected birds. Then the bird’s diet would be generally adjusted to include iodine. This happens until the signs of iodine deficits have disappeared. The situation with a significant increase in the mass of the thyroid gland it is problematic. Swallowing and breathing is very difficult to impossible, because the trachea and esophagus are pressed and that fact leads to sudden death. In the case of a fatty tumor is also a absorbtion of the fatty issue only possible, when a iodine supplements is given to stimulate the bird's thyroid gland. Even with small tumor, a veterinarian should be consulted immediately. Such tumor can cause the bird pain. After the symptoms of iodine deficiency are gone may be the bird must receive medication on a permanent basis to ensure the adequate level of iodine are met. To recommend are such preventative measures also in cases when birds are constantly fed foods high in goitrogenic substances.
NOTE: In any case of a possible iodine deficiency, a veterinarian should be consulted.
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