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Hi Dr Gregg
Have you found anything out yet? I think she's getting worse - she is not eating and the twitch is constant and she is sad and distressed. the only time she doesn't twitch (and it's only her left leg) is when she's in the shower - it stops being as constant. She keeps shaking her foot like there's something wrong and she's so occupied with her leg and foot that she doesn't do anything else. She can use her leg to climb so nothing appears to be broken and when I touch it there doesn't appear to be any pain. I live on Thursday Island and there is no vet here. I didn't realise this website would take so long. I've been waiting 2 days for a response. The website advertises questions answered every 9 seconds. I would just like some help/advice for my bird. I'm now having to force feed her because she's lost so much weight.
Hello, sorry for the confusion.You were waiting for me and I was waiting for a response from you. Sorry pali is having problems. Your description sounds like a neuralgia or gout. What is needed is a blood panel to ID a likely cause of the neuralagia, or gout. Until then drugs like meloxicam or gabapentin can be effective in reducing the discomfort. Unfortunately there is not much you can do, on your own, at home to help pali out.
I checked with a few avian experts online and got a suggestion of housing pali in an old aquarium with a controllable heat source below it(heating pad on low). the heat should provide some relief for pali and reducing perching may help also. Just be careful not to overheat. Perhaps put the pad at one end so pali can move to or away from it
If you are comfortable with it, a bandage would provide padding and reduce self-trauma. Providing lots of paper or other things pali can shred could help by redirecting his attention
The consensus is that these cases are difficult to diagnose in birds( and people as well.) Infections with bacteria/fungi/virus, kidney or liver disease, gout, tumors pressing on nerves causing pain to be felt in the foot, arthritis and undiagnosed neuritis can be the cause here and diagnosis is going to take a good workup by an experienced avian vet
Thanks Dr Gregg
I have taken a video of Pali but I cannot upload videos to you - is there a way around this? Sorry about the confusion - I don't think it helps that we are in different timezones either. Will try somehow to see a vet