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I have an Indian ring neck parrot that flys around the house

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I have an Indian ring neck parrot that flys around the house and I just discovered that he had been near a mouse block of a green powder substance of Difethialone 0.025 g/kg. Don't know if he tastest any but it was on the floor where he was walking around. What should I do.?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your situation, and wanted to help.
Now this is a difficult situation. This is because this is a serious poison that can cause harm to birds even in small doses. So,if he had any at all, then we'd be at risk of him developing adverse signs (ie
bleeding, prolonged blood-coagulation time, abnormal behavior, and regurgitation). And if he had a good wee dose for his weight, it could be fatal for him. So, if we just do not know if he has this, we need to err on the side of caution for his safety. Therefore, it would be ideal to have him checked by his vet at this point. They can testing a blood clotting profile to determine if he is at risk and/or treat with to counter the poison's effects.
Overall, this is a situation where the possibility of him having had this just raises too many worries here. Therefore, since this is such a dangerous toxin, we'd be best to have him checked and treated just in case since monitoring a bird that did eat this could lead to serious issues and even loss.
Just in case you do need an avian vet and do not have one already, you can check where you can find one at near you at:
AAV (http://www.aav.org/search/),
Avian web (http://www.beautyofbirds.com/recommendedvets.htm),
Lafeber database (http://lafeber.com/pet-birds/find-an-avian-vet/) or Birdsnway (http://www.birdsnways.com/birds/vets.htm).
Please take care,
Dr. B.