Bird Veterinary

Have Bird Questions? Ask a Bird Specialist.

Ask a Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Last week I picked up my families Conures from my son. She…

Customer Question
Last week I picked up...
Last week I picked up my families Conures from my son. She wasn't getting the care she deserves. shes about 14 yr old. I've been feeding her some fruit(she had this diet before he took her) and Conurer mix food. Her butt looks like a piece of water mellon. Its red. Otherwise she seems fine. She just ate. What should i do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Bird Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Bird Veterinary Question
Answered in 5 hours by:
6/23/2015
Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 33,795
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
Verified
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. You appear to be describing a cloacal prolapse.Cloacal prolapse can occur in any bird species (as well as in reptiles and amphibians) and is evidenced by moist or dried tissue protruding from the vent - the "red piece of watermelon". It is frequently associated with egg-laying, and may occur before, during or after the process. A calcium deficiency is usually at the root of the problem…the muscles, weakened by the lack of calcium, cannot contract as forcibly as is necessary, and the resultant straining pushes the cloaca outward. Weakness in other muscles such as the cloacal sphincter adds to the problem. Less commonly, a prolapse may be caused by an infection in the oviduct or cloaca.A prolapsed cloaca is a matter for an avian-oriented vet (please see here: www.aav.org) but there are a few things you can do at home.. Most important is prevention – assure that your birds, especially breeding hens, are in good health and are receiving optimal amounts of calcium and other minerals and vitamins. Primary seed eaters are often deficient in calcium, vitamin D3, B12, A, and K. Make sure that an avian vitamin such as over the counter Oasis brand is added to her water at half the labeled dose in order to not make her water distasteful. Calciboost or Calcivet is a calcium solution that can be added to her water as well. People food in the form of hard boiled egg yolk, dairy products, vegetables - the top of fresh greens, in particular - and fruits should always be offered . Pelleted diets such as can be found here: harrisonsbirdfoods.com/ and lafeber.com/pet-birds/ are nicely balanced.Upon noting a prolapse, you can try lubricating the tissue with a water-soluble product, such as KY Jelly. She should be kept warmed in an 80F environment which can be attained by shining a 100W bulb into her partially covered cage (not at night when she needs to sleep)or by taping a heating pad set on its lowest setting around her cage. The veterinarian may place a suture in the vent while the cloaca heals. Antibiotics will usually be given, as an extruded cloaca is susceptible to infection. If all else fails, or if too much time has elapsed and the tissue is beyond repair, surgery may be necessary. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Ask Your Own Bird Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 33,795
33,795 Satisfied Customers
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience

Dr. Michael Salkin is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Pat

Dr. Pat

Bird Veterinarian

3,596 satisfied customers

25+ years working primarily or exclusively with birds

Dr. Bob

Dr. Bob

Veterinarian

2,853 satisfied customers

35 years in general practice, including avian.

Dr. MD Stafford

Dr. MD Stafford

Veterinarian

233 satisfied customers

20 years in private practice, contract veterinarian Dickerson Park Zoo and attending veterinarian Missouri State University

Fiona Steel

Fiona Steel

Veterinarian

224 satisfied customers

BVMS MRCVS

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

220 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

allpetsdr

allpetsdr

Veterinarian

142 satisfied customers

I have been practicing for 10 years. I work with exotic pets, dogs, cats, small ruminants, camelids and pigs.

Dr_Kitty

Dr_Kitty

Bird Veterinarian

122 satisfied customers

Mostly experience with chickens and ducks.

< Previous | Next >

Related Bird Veterinary Questions
I have had my bird for a week and it doesn't show any Signs
I have had my bird for a week and it doesn't show any Signs of becoming tamer. It is afraid of me. … read more
Joan
Joan
Private
355 satisfied customers
He is sitting on the bottom of his cage will not get up on
he is sitting on the bottom of his cage will not get up on his perchs or eat his food in his dish. I have been feeding him on the cage floor in a small dish. He drinks good and has been at his water d… read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
376 satisfied customers
I found baby woodpecker in grass and have watched it for
I found baby woodpecker in grass and have watched it for over 24 hours it has moved onlt a couple feet and I hadn't seen an adult tending to it. … read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,536 satisfied customers
My african grey is refusing to eat and he isnt being
Hi..my african grey is refusing to eat and he isnt being himself … read more
S. August Abbott
S. August Abbott
Etiquette consultant
Doctoral Degree
260 satisfied customers
My chicken is short of breath, wheezes and makes a loud
my chicken is short of breath, wheezes and makes a loud honking sounded that no other chicken makes and she has had this issue for at least 6 mos, she had no discharge. What can I do for her?… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,475 satisfied customers
I have a quaker parrot, i found a small lump on the front of
I have a young quaker parrot, i found a small lump on the front of her neck about where it joins her body. Any idea what it could be? Thankyou. … read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
376 satisfied customers
I need an awnser NOW about my conure. I gave you your $5.
I need an awnser NOW about my conure. I gave you your $5. Please tell me if an asprin will hurt my conure NOW!!!!!!!!… read more
Yankmedic911
Yankmedic911
Wildlife Veterinarian
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and
13 satisfied customers
He is losing feathers around the beak. And the skin over
He is losing feathers around the beak JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the bird? Customer: and the skin over there seems flaky JA: Where does the bird seem to hurt? Customer: I don't … read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
376 satisfied customers
Large duck has a problem with left leg. This duck was given
Large white duck has a problem with left leg. This duck was given to us with this problem when very young. Now two months old it does stand for long. Leg splays backward when not standing and and she … read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
376 satisfied customers
My parakeet has a beak on the top what do I get it back
My parakeet has a long beak on the top what do I get it back down … read more
Yankmedic911
Yankmedic911
Wildlife Veterinarian
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and
13 satisfied customers
My 3 year old cockatiel isn't acting right. She isn't very
She isn't very active, not acting sociable which is very unusual for her. She alsois keeping her mouth open to breathe, and isn't really eating her food … read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
376 satisfied customers
He ate chicken bones what can. I do. Mt. 8yrs
He ate chicken bones what can. I do JA: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if the chicken will be able to digest that. What is the chicken's name and age? Customer: Mt JA: How old is Mt? … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,402 satisfied customers
My Parakeet Harmony is sleeping most of the time and has
Hi, My Parakeet Harmony is sleeping most of the time and has plumped out her feathers. She is walking on the bottom of her cage starting 2 days ago. Her stool is loose and normal color but more wet than usual. Her wings were clipped about 5 months ago and she does not fly. … read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
376 satisfied customers
I am having trouble finding a home for my mother's two
.I am having trouble finding a home for my mother's two parakeets. I have tried the Cage Bird Society and their space for birds is currently full and has been for a few months. I need to place my moth… read more
Yankmedic911
Yankmedic911
Wildlife Veterinarian
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and
13 satisfied customers
I have three bantam silkies and they have not come out of
I have three bantam silkies and they have not come out of the coop since yesterday morning. I've only had them for about a month, so I am not real familiar with their habits. I am worried because they… read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
376 satisfied customers
This will sound very stupid..but my zebra finch escaped and
This will sound very stupid..but my zebra finch escaped and got caught in a Tomcat mouse glue trap..got his leg out but due to the stress gave him a day to rest/called Tomcat 800 customer service numb… read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
376 satisfied customers
I have two parakeets and a cacatoo and my cacatoo seems to
Second opinion] Hello i have two parakeets and a cacatoo and my cacatoo seems to itch alot and its tail feathers seem to be broken or falling off and bleeding from the bottom… read more
S. August Abbott
S. August Abbott
Etiquette consultant
Doctoral Degree
260 satisfied customers
A dog ate my ducks wing off. I have medicated and covered
A dog ate my ducks wing off. I have medicated and covered with vet tape. She's resting. Will she be able to survive this? … read more
Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo
Veterinarian
BA
2 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x