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You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
Egg-binding in birds is commonly diagnosed - but what is it ?
The term "egg-binding" is commonly used in veterinary practice. The condition is an emergency and it is caused by an egg becoming stuck in the reproductive tract (actually in the oviduct) of the hen bird. As a result the bird will show a variety of signs :
Several factors are thought to be involved in the cause of this condition, including :
Management of the condition includes :
If the condition is not treated successfully the egg may rupture internally leading to inflammation of the abdominal cavity - called peritonitis, which can be life-threatening.
Updated October 2013