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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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My cockatiel has been screaming off & on in pain all day. I

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My cockatiel has been screaming off & on in pain all day. I just noticed he has blood under his wing & whenever he lifts that wing he screams more & bites. He's not a biter. Should I take him to a vet today?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.
Ann, it sounds as if Hastag has fractured a feather(s) vane through the portion that contains the blood vessel (a blood feather). These feathers need to be plucked from the skin lest he traumatizes them further and bleeding ensues once again. An avian vet (please see here www.aav.org) will have his vet tech restrain Hashtag properly, hydrogen peroxide will be applied to the bloody area in order to facilitate identification of the culprit feathers and they'll then be removed. Bleeding and pain should cease immediately.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thank you. I have been trying to find one to no avail.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.
I understand. A generalist vet with a modicum of knowledge of birds can attend to this type of problem. It's really just a matter of identifying the bleeder, grasping it at its base with a hemostat and quickly pulling it out of the skin.

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