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Salt:

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Alternative Names Sodium chloride, NaCl, Common salt
Notes
  • Salt glands of waterfowl normally excrete sodium and chloride to maintain the correct physiological balance. This system may be ineffective when there has been insufficient time for accumulation of the salt gland to a saline environment, or if salt gland function is compromised by exposure to oil or certain pesticides.
  • Sudden temperature drop in autumn or winter may lead to sudden crystallization of salt and formation of salt agglomerates. High winds constantly covering birds with salt water may contribute to accumulation on the feathers.
  • Salt on roads can affect amphibia which come into contact with the crystals / gravel.

(J1.23.w2, J1.23.w3, B36.47.w47, B151 ).

Taxa Groups (hyperlinked if included as Wildpro Modules) containing host species which have been recorded as infected by this organism.
Associated Waterfowl Diseases Salt Poisoning (Salt Toxicity, Water Deprivation) Waterfowl Disease Summary
  1. Salt poisoning Depression, weakness and thirst associated with excessive salt consumption and lack of access to fresh water.
  2. Salt Encrustation Accumulation of salt on the feathers; may become a heavy burden sufficient to prevent flight. Death may result from salt poisoning, drowning, myopathy or combinations of these.
Waterfowl in which the associated disease has been recorded.
Gout (Visceral gout, Acute toxic nephritis syndrome, Articular gout) Waterfowl Disease Summary Abnormal accumulation and deposition of urates within the body.
Waterfowl in which the associated disease has been recorded.
Salt Encrustation Waterfowl Disease Summary Accumulation of salt on the feathers; may become a heavy burden sufficient to prevent flight. Death may result from salt poisoning, drowning, myopathy or combinations of these.
Waterfowl in which the associated disease has been recorded.

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