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My parakeet is fluffy, not active, has poop he doesn't eat,

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my parakeet is fluffy, not active, has green poop he doesn't eat
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the bird's name and age?
Customer: alexander and is 4 years old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about alexander?
Customer: is loosing feathers to

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I'm sorry to hear of this with Alexander. It's important to note that once a parakeet acts ill it's already quite ill and in need of the attention of an avian-oriented vet (please see here: www.aav.org). This is a protective mechanism because sick birds are attacked by other birds in the wild. Alexander's symptoms of fluffing, inactivity, anorexia, and green poop (if the normally white urates are green, liver disease is suspected) are important symptoms but they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder. If he has lost feathers due to a molt, he's particularly stressed at this time.

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 Alexander'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. If he appears weakened remove his perches and put his food and water on the bottom of the cage along with him. Add a water soluble avian vitamin such as Oasis brand to his water at half of the recommended dose so as not to make his water distasteful. Add a calcium supplement such as Calcivet or Calciboost to his water. These supplements are available in pet/feed stores. Avoid over the counter antibiotics designed to be placed in his water. They won't be effective if only because an ill bird won't drink enough to medicate itself properly.

Nutritional imbalances are a common cause of illness in our pet birds. What has Alexander's diet consisted of, please? Seeds should compose less than 20% of his diet. A diet of mainly seed and nuts has excessive fat, carbohydrates, and phosphorus; marginal protein; adequate vitamin E, and are deficient in amino acids, calcium, available phosphorus, sodium, manganese, zinc, iron, vitamins A, D3 (necessary for efficient absorption of calcium), K, and B12, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, choline, and available niacin. Ideally, a balanced pelleted diet such as can be found here: www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com or here: www.lafeber.com/pet-birds should be fed as well as hard boiled egg yolk, pancakes and cornbread, the tops of fresh greens, dairy products such as yogurt and cheese, fresh fruits such as apples, pears, melon, kiwi, and berries, vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, beets, asparagus, cabbage, sweet potato, and squash, and even tiny pieces of meat.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
the diet is seed , the droppings is green without white he drinks water when I give him , i g ave him Harrison foods and stop to give for financial problems on months ago , now is in his perch quit and respond when I talk to him . Tomorrow I will bring to vet

Thank you for the additional information. Hopefully, it's not too late to turn him around by improving his diet. Try all of the "people foods" I listed above. I'm pleased to hear that he'll be attended to tomorrow. 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. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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