Hi, Dr. Lisa!
She was diagnosed with Enterobacter by one vet, and he presctibed an antibiotic to treat it, but no anti-fungal. That caused Secondary GastricYeast Infection that was discovered by another vet, who also diagnosed her with Cryptosporidium, and Ruby's being treated for that.
Gosh, who knows if she really has any of these illnesses, but since there's no improvement, I suspect it may be something else. I wonder if it may be her liver because of this "Melted" fat in her diarrhea when she eats nuts or seed.
The Meds Ruby took:
- Nystatin (for two weeks, started on June19, 2009)
- Viokase (pancrezimes, for suspected pancreatitis) - (on and off for about 3 weeks, started on Nov.1, 2009).
- SMZ/TMP - for Enterobacter (for 10 days, started on Nov.19, 2009)
- Celebrex - for suspected IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), (started on Dec.1, 2009 and took for 5-6 days, but Ruby got much worse after taking it, so I stopped giving it to her, - I didn't like this idea from the very beginning)
- Baytril/Flagil/Diflucan - for the Gastrointestinal Yeast Infection (for 10 days, started on Nov.1, 2009)
The only Meds she's been taking for a second week now:
- Azythromycin - for Cryptosporidium
- Diflucan - to go with this antibiotic
I wonder if Apple Sider Vinegar in drinking water, or just oranges, or Acidofilus/Bifidus would be better than Diflucan. I don't know if Diflucan is safe to be taken for 2 months as the second DVM prescribed, and what the side effects are.
For some reason, Ruby's disease started the day after she'd liad her 17th egg, and the largest one (it weighed 46 grams), on June 17, 2009 (she started laying the eggs on Jan.1, 2009). She laid it two day later than the other ones, and she cried both days in her box. She must've beed in pain. Actually, when she emerged from the box, she said: "Hurts". She talks, and this word she knows well since she and her mate become agressive to me during their breeding season and often bite me, so I mostly pretetend that I cry and say "It hurts".
We have just these two Macaws. They're our family, we've had them for almost 12 years.
Thanks a mil, Doctor Lisa!