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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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My goose was roughed up by our dog yesterday. No visable

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my goose was roughed up by our dog yesterday. No visable injury except he is making a high pitched squeeking noise and shaking his head as if something is in his airway. In the past he would occasionally get a feather stuck in his noise and shake his head the same way but never this noise.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the bird's name and age?
Customer: His name is ***** ***** he is sixteen.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Honkey?
Customer: No, his health has been excellent. I'm sure the encounter with our dog is that's caused this problem. Is there someway I could look down his throat. He opens his mouth occasionally to breath.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. Opening his beak and looking into his oropharynx (back of his throat) makes sense but I suspect that the high pitched squeaking noise is arising from narrowing lower down in the syrinx ("voice box") of birds or perhaps Honkey's trachea (windpipe). Crushing injuries such as from a dog bite may not cause superficial damage yet cause significant damage internally. Swelling of the tissue surrounding the syrinx or trachea, then, would predispose to what you're hearing.

A avian vet (please see here: www.aav.org) might prescribe a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as meloxicam to Honkey. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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