Common Respiratory Emergencies in Birds

December 1, 2017

Jennifer Graham, DVM, DABVP (Avian/Exotic Companion Mammal Practice), associate professor of zoological animal medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, talks about some of the most common avian respiratory emergencies.

Jennifer Graham, DVM, DABVP (Avian/Exotic Companion Mammal Practice), associate professor of zoological animal medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, talks about some of the most common avian respiratory emergencies. Because birds don’t have an epiglottis to prevent food from entering their larynx they are prone to aspiration, which can lead to aspiration pneumonia.

Dr. Graham explains that bacterial and fungal pneumonias, along with bite wounds, are also common in birds.