Pigeon Disease Primer

The “Pigeon Disease Primer” explores important differential diagnoses for common clinical problems observed in pigeons and doves. Although the clinical approach to the columbiform relies on the same concepts of “One Medicine” used in all species, many of the infectious diseases of pigeons are relatively unique to this taxonomic group, or at least much more prevalent when compared to psittacine birds or songbirds . . .

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Further Reading

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Higbie C, Pollock C. Pigeon disease primer. February 2, 2015. LafeberVet Web site. Available at https://lafeber.com/vet/pigeon-disease-primer/