Avian Medicine and Surgery in Practice: Companion and Aviary by Bob Doneley

By Bob Doneley

This is often a concise, functional and fantastically illustrated e-book facing issues affecting different physique areas and platforms and overlaying anatomy, body structure, actual exam, medical strategies and diagnostic tests. It is a quick reference for clinicians and a research advisor for undergraduate and post-graduate veterinary scholars.

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Somatostatin is synthesized and secreted by the D cells. The D cell represents almost 30% of the cell population of dark (glucagon) islets, but only half of this population in insulin islets. The possibility exists that neural elements, with which the D cell appears to be well endowed (in the chicken), play a major role in regulating somatostatin release. Somatostatin depresses glucagon secretion and may act as the regulator of glucagon and insulin, ‘fine tuning’ their release. It also slows the absorption of nutrients, especially glucose and lipids, and inhibits lipolysis.

Birds are able to detect a spatial frequency much higher than that of mammal: 160 frames/second compared with 60 frames/second in humans. This higher spatial frequency can cause problems under artificial light, which has a frequency of 100–120 frames/second and can therefore produce a stroboscopic effect, which may attribute to some Clinical anatomy and physiology 36 behavioural disorders. High-frequency lights are therefore recommended for indoor birds. The pecten, unique to birds, arises from the site of exit of the optic nerve and projects a variable distance into the vitreous body in the ventral and temporal quadrant of the fundus.

Is it kept isolated, away from family activities? Does it get a good night’s sleep or is it forced to stay up with its owner watching television all night? Does the bird get access to direct, unfiltered sunlight on a daily basis? If the bird is kept outside, is it safe from predators and from vectors of diseases such as Sarcocystis? • Does the bird come out of its cage? How long does it have outside the cage each day? Are its wings clipped? Is it supervised when out of the cage? Does it interact with other animals and birds?

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