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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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My cockatiel, who is quite old (I adopted her about 16 years

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My cockatiel, who is quite old (I adopted her about 16 years ago from a woman who was going into a nursing home) is having reddish, bloody stool. No recent changes in food, treats, etc.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian-oriented vets on the site. I'm afraid I have to be alarmist because bloody stool at such an advanced age in a cockatiel too often represents a bleeding tumor in the GI tract, oviduct, or cloaca. Less commonly, a vitamin K deficiency is present. Pragmatically speaking, because there won't be anything to be done should a tumor be present, I would add an avian vitamin supplement such as Oasis brand available in a pet/feed store to Pearl's water at half the recommended dose on the label so as not to make her water distasteful. That vitamin supplement will contain enough vitamin K to stop uncontrolled bleeding which can become life-threatening quickly in such a small bird.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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