Fungus - Fungicide
by Dr. Hans–Peter Brockamp
Fungus - Fungicide
Fungal infections are one of the most underestimated problems in pigeon racing. Yeast fungi (especially Candida albicans) excrete extremely toxic substances (toxins) that are absorbed by the body and that can severely impair the pigeon‘s general state of health.
It is very difficult to prevent pigeons from contacting fungal spores that, for example, are present in the feed or on the surface of the dovecote in a humid environment.
With weakened immune systems or prolonged antibiotic treatment in particular, fungi such as Aspergillus and Candida can multiply very rapidly. Cases of mould cultures are most common in the intestinal tract (watery droppings). However, they may also be found in the beak, the airways and the air sacs (wheezing cold).
Illnesses affecting the young
Our experience shows that fungi are almost always involved in the occurrence of illnesses in young animals, potentially damaging the intestinal wall and sometimes swelling so much that water can no longer reach the gut. The pigeon then dies in a very short time.
If the veterinarian does not find any bacterial or viral infection when the pigeon is in poor health and has poor and watery droppings, it is usually yeasts that are responsible, for which no tests are carried out. If antibiotics are blindly recommended in such cases, which unfortunately hapDV 01810-09-917 W „Miss Bourges“ 1st National Bourges 13.673 pigeons 2011 David & August Balk, Mönchengladbach 10th National german Champion Long Distance 2012 pens all too often, the problems may be exacerbated even more.
General prevention and treatment
Good prevention against all excessive fungal growth is already possible by the weekly administration of an iodine preparation. We therefore recommend administering Blitz or another iodine preparation once a week all year round.
To treat fungal diseases, Pro-Statin is an excellent and inexpensive antimycotic agent that is well tolerated.
If necessary, please contact us personally for more information. Following treatment with antibiotics, we recommend a 5-7 day course of treatment with Pro-Statin to counteract yeasts before both old and young animal travel.
To do this, add a teaspoon of ProStatin together with 5 g Probac 1000 per 1 litre of water or to 1 kg of feed.