The advantages and disadvantages of excreting uric acid

Shane Raidal, Scott Echols

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Abstract

To understand and diagnose renal disease in birds it is first important to understand the biochemical and physiological peculiarities of uricotely. The synthesis of uric acid and excretion of urine with a high protein component is a metabolically expensive strategy that must have significant trade-offs to birds and other animals that have chosen this pathway for excreting nitrogenous waste products. Birds rely heavily on post-renal modification of urine to conserve water and salt balance so it is important to remember that damage to organs other than the kidney may present with signs that might be otherwise attributable to renal dysfunction. In this paper we review the biochemical and physiological aspects of uricotely that are important for understanding the normal function of the avian renal system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvancing and Promoting Avian Medicine and Stewardship
EditorsGarry Cross
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAAVAC
Pages87-100
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventAssociation of Avian Veterinarians Australasian Committee (AAVAC) Annual Conference - Melbourne, Vic. Australia, Australia
Duration: 03 Oct 200706 Oct 2007

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ConferenceAssociation of Avian Veterinarians Australasian Committee (AAVAC) Annual Conference
CountryAustralia
Period03/10/0706/10/07

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Raidal, S., & Echols, S. (2007). The advantages and disadvantages of excreting uric acid. In G. Cross (Ed.), Advancing and Promoting Avian Medicine and Stewardship (pp. 87-100). Australia: AAVAC.
Raidal, Shane ; Echols, Scott. / The advantages and disadvantages of excreting uric acid. Advancing and Promoting Avian Medicine and Stewardship. editor / Garry Cross. Australia : AAVAC, 2007. pp. 87-100
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Raidal, S & Echols, S 2007, The advantages and disadvantages of excreting uric acid. in G Cross (ed.), Advancing and Promoting Avian Medicine and Stewardship. AAVAC, Australia, pp. 87-100, Association of Avian Veterinarians Australasian Committee (AAVAC) Annual Conference, Australia, 03/10/07.

The advantages and disadvantages of excreting uric acid. / Raidal, Shane; Echols, Scott.

Advancing and Promoting Avian Medicine and Stewardship. ed. / Garry Cross. Australia : AAVAC, 2007. p. 87-100.

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Raidal S, Echols S. The advantages and disadvantages of excreting uric acid. In Cross G, editor, Advancing and Promoting Avian Medicine and Stewardship. Australia: AAVAC. 2007. p. 87-100