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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Have a 40 year old African Grey he has started with what appears

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Have a 40 year old African Grey he has started with what appears a cough constantly can not walk. He try to get up and he will take a little water in a syringe. He is a biter but will not even try now. I donr know what to do his voice is getting weak. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Wanda, such a profoundly ill African Grey can't be managed at home. It's important to note that once a parrot acts ill they're quite ill and in need of the attention of an avian-oriented vet (please see here: This is a protective mechanism because sick birds are attacked by other birds in the wild. Birdie's symptoms of coughing and loss of mobility are important symptoms and indicate a critically ill bird but they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder.An avian-oriented vet might first treat symptomatically and supportively by providing supplemental fluids and electrolytes by needle and tube feeding a "recovery" food. Blood tests and cultures of Birdie's choana - the slit between his oral cavity and nose - and cloaca (vent) may be taken. Whole body X-rays can be quite helpful as well.Until he can be attended to, please heat up his environment to 85F by means of a 100W bulb shined into his partially covered cage (not at night when he needs to rest) or by taping a heating pad set on its lowest setting to the sides of his cage. Remove his perches and put his food and water on the bottom of the cage along with him. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Thank you. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Birdie. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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