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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My amazon is starting to lose feathers on the cheat area

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my amazon is starting to lose feathers on the cheat area down to the skin. i have not seen picking at all.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the amazon's name and age?
Customer: leo and hes about 12 years old. I am not sure if he is a male or female
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Leo?
Customer: he is still very active and noisy, however, hehas gotten a little mean lately., not very however more than before
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

If you're certain that Leo isn't feather picking/plucking, all possible medical causes for his/her feather loss need to be pursued by an avian vet (please see here: If no medical cause is found, behavioral causes are explored or presumptively treated with psychotherapeutic drugs such as clomipramine which would need to be prescribed by such a vet. A complete blood count and biochemical profile, blood lead and serum zinc test (Louisiana Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory can run this test on just 0.1ml of blood and serum), X-rays, psittacine beak and feather disease test (an important differential diagnosis), a feather follicle biopsy and culture, fecal ova and parasite exam and fecal ELISA test for Giardia spp., if necessary, are performed. Consider the introduction of toxins into Leo's environment as well - the great majority of which can’t be tested for.

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