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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Dr Pat my cockateil is looking very lethargic .. Keeping

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Hi Dr Pat my cockateil is looking very lethargic .. Keeping his eyes closed .he was perfectly alright around the afternoon . there are no avian vets arou d my city .. He is not sitting upright . his droppings are normal
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i have been observing him.. his right side of the body is very week. right eye is watery , he wasn't able to climb the perch without help.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner and I regret that I'm not allowed to correspond with customers outside of this venue. I'm necessarily constrained by my not being able to examine Peppy whose symptoms are certainly important but not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. Ideally, he should see an avian-oriented vet (please see here: www.aav.org) who can not only perform a thorough physical exam but also testing in the form of blood tests and bacterial cultures. I understand your logistical constraints, however. For now, you're limited to heating up Peppy's environment to 80F which can be attained by shining a 100W bulb into his partially covered cage (not at night when he needs to sleep) or by taping a heating pad set on its lowest setting to the sides of his cage. His perches should be removed and his food and water placed on the bottom of his cage along with him. A water soluble vitamin such as Oasis brand should be placed in his water at half the recommended dose on the label so as not to make his water distasteful. A calcium supplement such as Calciboost or Calcivet should also be added to his water. These supplements can be found in a pet/feed store near you. Please avoid over the counter antibiotics designed to be placed in the water. They won't work if only because an ill bird won't drink enough to medicate himself properly Many illnesses are due to nutritional imbalances in our pet birds. Please tell me what Peppy's diet has consisted of and please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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