i have two bourk parakeets with eye problems; one eye on each bird looks partlyclosed eyes arent atal runny. idescoverd this after buying them what can itreat themwith
Type of Animal: birds
Age: 3 years old
Name of Bird: bourk parakeet
only trid rinsing with cold water.
Greetings, I am Dr. Pat. I have worked with birds for many years. I will do my best to help you.Two things very important: the birds' comfort and proper diagnosis. THEN treatment.You can use sterile saline eye wash and/or artificial tears to soothe and lubricate,. That will help (but not fix) the discomfort. Proper treatment will depend on what the diagnosis is. Eye issues can be the external sign of very severe and contagious diseases, trauma, internal discomfort and so on.These could be signs are of very sick birds, and not specific to any one disease. And that means it is not fair to you or the birds to guess, there are so many possibilities.You are going to need local help on this, and a scientific and solid diagnosis to find safe and effective treatment. If you feel comfortable with it, examine the birds thoroughly, using gentle restraint via washcloth or hand towel: do not restrict the chest or hold around the body. Check the mouth and beak if possible, having a good look in there for mucus, redness, masses or anything else unusual. Palpate the tummy for pain, fluid, lumps or anything else. Check all the joints for swelling, pain, and mobility. Move the birds to an aquarium, box or carrier with soft towels in the bottom, no perch, and food and water in low bowls that can be reached easily. Put the whole thing on a heating pad on low or medium. Check it frequently, no overheating allowed! Keep the unit partially covered, warm and quiet. White paper towels or white cloth towels will show the true color of the droppings. Do not try to force food or water. You can offer warm cooked rice, pancakes, cornbread, grapes, melon, greens in addition to normal food. Transport as soon as possible.Pet/feed store medications and home remedies are harmful, ineffective, immuno-suppressive, and make them much worse and may interfere with the veterinarian's diagnosis and treatment. Do not use them. I know it is expensive, but you may not have many home options, because the first thing you need a vet for is to find out what is going on. Treatment is only as good as the diagnosis. If you call around, you may find a vet to work within your means. We certainly try to do our best in my clinic. You need to to take your bird to see an avian-experienced veterinarian ASAP for complete examination, diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Check http://www.eaavonline.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=10 http://www.parrotpassionsuk.com/Advice/Uk_Avian_Vets.htmhttp://www.theparrotsocietyuk.org/index.php/Avian_Vets/28 http://www.avianveterinaryservices.co.uk/http://www.birdvet.co.uk/If these were my patients, I would start with complete fecal analysis and direct smear, for multiple parasites; bacterial culture and sensitivity of the feces and choana. I would order DNA tests for Polyoma Virus, Psittacosis, and Pachecos virus, at minimum. Depending on the case I might do a fungal culture. Routine blood work is necessary to rule out other issues. Generally I start them out on antibiotics as indicated by the tests. They will need medicated eye drops and pain control. Your birds may need injectable antibiotics and many other medications. Act quickly and good luck.
25+ years working primarily or exclusively with birds