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Welcome to Lake Howell Animal Clinic

"Your pet’s health and well-being is our number one concern."

Your Dog, Cat, and Exotics Veterinarian in Maitland, FL
Call us at (407) 628-8000

Veterinary Services:

  • Medical Care
  • Dental Care
  • Orthopedics
  • Surgery
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Critical Care
  • Vaccinations
  • Boarding
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Referrals
  • Education

The Importance of Vitamin A in Pet Birds

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Vitamin A plays an important role in maintaining a healthy lining in the respiratory, urinary, and intestinal tracts. Unfortunately for birds, all-seed diets are deficient in vitamin A, and vitamin A deficiency may be associated with poor immune function and a breakdown in these linings, allowing bacteria and other pathogens to enter the body and cause infections like sinusitis. 

Dietary carotenoids found in dark, leafy greens as well as yellow and orange vegetables serve as a source of “pre-vitamin A”. 

Broccoli
“Carrots
Chard
Chicory
Collard Greens
Dandelion Greens
Kale
Mustard Greens
Parsley

Peas
Peppers: red, green, hot
Pumpkin
Spinach
Squash
*Sweet Potato
Turnip Greens
Watercress

* Particularly rich sources of vitamin A

Fruits rich in vitamin A include apricot, cantaloupe, mango, and papaya. Keep in mind that the apricot pit contains cyanide. 

** The blue- green algae, Spirulina, can also serve  as a source of vitamin A. 
 

Orlando Diaz-Figueroa, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP (Avian Specialty)
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