Natural or continue to use drugs?
Basically the question above is incorrect. It shows how one was looking at the medical guidance in the pigeon sport over the past 30 years. It would appear that this controversy is artificially maintained to ensure that the pigeon breeders do not start looking into the right direction. It should not be about whether medication or a natural approach, but about finding the synergy between the one and the other to optimize the application.
The guidance of the pigeon sport in the medical field often ends with only prescribing medicine to diseased pigeons, by most veterinarians. There is nothing wrong with prescribing medicine to diseased pigeons. As a veterinarian, I am more than happy that we have the ability (yet) to prescribe antibiotics if there is disease in a loft. Just as much as the fire department is pleased with firewater when there is danger of spreading fire. But just as with fire, the attention should not only go to putting out the fires but also to fire prevention. So it is not always necessary to drive out with a ladder truck and other large equipment when there is a trashcan on fire. What I mean by this?
In recent years I have regularly paid attention to the subject paratyphoid. However, this time of the year it remains the main topic, where questions are asked about it. I other articles and newsletters I already discussed the symptoms several times extensively. Therefore in this article I want to restrict myself mainly to the management of this complex disorder.
Paratyphoid is a disease caused by Salmonella, typhimurium var Copenhagen. In the clinic I quite often get comments from fans, that they are convinced they got the disease from somewhere else. For example through the chickens of the neighbors. Moreover, these fans forget the fact that the strain of Salmonella is species specific. The Salmonella is a bacteria that can affect the immune system of pigeons with major problems. I have compared this bacteria, along with Staph, to an assassin. These bacteria may already be present a long time before problems arise. The bacterium cuts the legs from the immune organ, until eventually there may be constraints for doing so. As mentioned, the bacteria may have long been silently present.