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Umbrella cockatoo dust?

Umbrella cockatoos are the dustiest of birds, right?

Here's what I'm wondering. Someone is 62 years old and over half their lung capacity is used up. They've had heart problems, one silent heart attack with a little damage, and a heart stent, and another partially blocked artery in the heart. They see a cardiologist and the doctor is concerned that maybe they're developing high blood pressure in the lungs. They didn't even know it was possible to get that, when their BP is ok generally, but the doctor says it is.

The question is, can umbrella cockatoo dust either cause that or be a serious contributor to it? Is that a danger to the person?
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:17 PM
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Re: Umbrella cockatoo dust?

I honestly don't know for sure, however....We just rescued a 10 yo U2 from a couple who had to give him up due to the wife's respitory disease. Granted she's been a heavy smoker for decades, but her doctor said Popcorn's dust was aggrevating her condition, it didn't give her the disease.

There are diseases that breeders or people with a lot of birds can get, but I think that has more to do with the droppings than the dust.
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Re: Umbrella cockatoo dust?

The dust can definitely exacerbate lung problems! I would definitely run an air filter and limit the person to exposure to the bird. The persons health is most important and rehoming may have to be done.
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Re: Umbrella cockatoo dust?

Actually, the disease that breeders, bird rescuers, zoo workers and petstores employees get is caused by the dust or dander. It's called bird breeders lung (it has a lot of other names but this one is the most common) but it doesn't happen with just one bird because you need continuous exposure to a lot of dust for it to happen.

On the other hand, anybody who has a limited lung capacity should be very careful of the air quality they breathe and old people usually have reduced pulmonary function so I agree with Greycloud that a good air purification system is in order. And, in reality, anybody who has a bird should have one for the bird's sake so this will benefit both the old person and the bird.
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Re: Umbrella cockatoo dust?

The cardiologist is concerned about high blood pressure in the lungs, though this person keeps their house below 70 all year around and this seems to really limit the dust that the too generates.
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:04 AM
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Re: Umbrella cockatoo dust?

High blood pressure in the lungs is called pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH) pressure in the lung arteries can become elevated usually from constriction or hardening of the arteries or due to diseases such as emphysema which can make it difficult for the heart to pump blood to the lungs to oxygenate it.


I recently adopted a sulfur crested and I'm quite amazed how much dust she generates - I'm not sure if Umbrellas produce the same amount but if they do you need to be careful. As suggested get an air filter, I find daily spraying my too with warm water seems to help also vacum daily and if need be wear a face mask when cleaning & if neccesary when handling the too may help as well.


I think ultimately the owner of the bird will need to decide if the too is exasperating the problem & if so what steps to take next
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Re: Umbrella cockatoo dust?

My umbrellas do produce an extreme amount of dander and can share my personal experience.

I got two babie umbrellas and within 3 years I was diagnosed with asthma as a result of being allergic to thier dander. If I am away from the birds, the asthma goes away. Long story short, for 12 years I have battled this; and the ups and downs of medications, crazy cleaning routines and feeling guilty that I cannot interact with the birds as much as they need.

I am now working to rehome them in the best interest of all of our health.
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Re: Umbrella cockatoo dust?

Quote: Originally Posted by Caroline View Post
My umbrellas do produce an extreme amount of dander and can share my personal experience.

I got two babie umbrellas and within 3 years I was diagnosed with asthma as a result of being allergic to thier dander. If I am away from the birds, the asthma goes away. Long story short, for 12 years I have battled this; and the ups and downs of medications, crazy cleaning routines and feeling guilty that I cannot interact with the birds as much as they need.

I am now working to rehome them in the best interest of all of our health.
Such a tough & heartbreaking situation for you to be in. Good luck finding them a home, after 12years no one can say you didn't try.
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Re: Umbrella cockatoo dust?

Thanks Mel...That was good to hear
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Re: Umbrella cockatoo dust?

My Umbrella produces dander, but not not as much as I've seen in other birds. It could be that bathing her keeps the dander in check (she gets completely soaked every 1-2 weeks).
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