Vent Prolapse Issue in Canaries


Cloacal prolapse or Vent Prolapse is the similar issue as hemorrhoids on humans. If a canary develops vent prolapse it is not easy to cure, same as hemorrhoids in people.
Initially swelling and reddening of the vent is seen, progressing to ulceration and secondary infections of the vent. It is easy that the bird with prolapse vent will get other infection, which will be a dangerous source of infection for other birds too.

Vent Prolapse, usually it happens mostly to hens for different reasons:
• Laying eggs when they are too young and under weight
• When laying oversized egg or misshaped eggs (especially ones with rubbery surface)
• Obesity, especially in old Hens
• Poor diet and Lack of calcium
• Holding dropping for a long time can also cause it, same as constipation on human can cause Hemorrhoids
• Oviduct infections
• Fatal infection inside the abdomen
• Also it might be caused by avian yeast infection and fungal infection

Treatment/Care
• You should keep the bird with vent prolapse isolated in a small cage alone and not in the flight cage together with other birds. Other birds will pick on the sick Canary bloody vent and eat her intestines killing it and also will spreading infection among them
• Put a heat lamp over the cage to keep the bird warm
• Provide a low and comfortable perch in the cage and keep the cage clean
• Soak the Hen’s lower half in warm water (as warm as you would bathe in) Carefully clean the dirty vent in the water
• Gently keep the hen in the bath until the water cools. Ten to twenty minutes of soaking is a good time. If she gets scared, put her back in the cage and leave her alone for a while
• Gently apply a water based lubricant on the vent
• You can make an attempt to gently push the tissues back in with clean fingers. Possibly the prolapse will pop out again
• After that attempt, succeed or fail, leave the prolapse alone. The more you rub the inflamed tissues with various ointments, the more swollen it will become.
• Shrinkage of a prolapse or passage of a stuck egg within 24 hours is a good sign. No progress in 24 hours it might be bad news
• If the prolapse does not shrink within one week then leave the bird alone

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