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Bacteriological Avian Culture Test + Megabacteria
About this test
When it comes to birds, there may be more than just avian flu to be worried about. It has been suggested that there are over 60 other diseases that birds and their droppings can carry. Bacterial diseases are common in pet birds and should be considered in the differential list of any sick bird. Inappropriate husbandry and nutrition are often contributing factors. Neonates and young birds are especially susceptible. Gastrointestingal and respiratory infections are most common and can lead to systemic disease.
Infectious diseases are the most common causes of illness in caged and aviary birds. Obtaining correct quality samples for bacteriological culture under field conditions is essential for reliable and timely diagnosis, as well as for effective treatment of diseases.
Many of these illnesses are a direct result of, or further complicated by, secondary infection by an opportunistic bacterial or fungal organism. Samples collected from the cloaca or cloanal of the bird may yield certain pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria or fungi. IQ Birdtesting laboratory can identify many of these microorganisms to provide the appropriate treatment.
These bacteria include but are not limited to E.coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Enterobacter cloacae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Enterococcus species, Bacillus species, Staphylococcus aureus, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, Proteus mirabilis, Acinetobacter baumannii, Streptococcus viridians, Staphylococcus species not Staph aureus. It provides a full workup for all of our veterinary clients. This includes bacterial identification, susceptibility, gram stains, acid fast stain and mycoplasma culture.
** IQ Bird will send via USPS special Swabs for sample collection.**
The sample is collected via the swab supplied. This sterile culture should be used to collect a sample from the cloaca area. A properly collected swab should be completely coated with fluid/excrement. If the swab is not coated, then the sample may be insufficient to detect small quantities of bacteria. The swab is then placed into the tube which has a semi solid gel in the bottom. The gel is an agar that contains a mixture of proteins and enzymes that will maintain cell integrity until sample is received in the laboratory.
In case of Megabacteria, this can be cultured and because of their large size, they can be microscopically seen via a wet prep. between a culture and a microscopic exam.
Once the sample is collected, the sample can be kept at room temperature for a maximum of 3-5 days. After that period, the bacterial load will begin to die.