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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My budgie had developed a round black and white spotted tumor

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My budgie had developed a round black and white spotted tumor type thing on her lower back under her tail feathers where her body meets her tail feathers. She's eating well but her droppings appear to be a bit looser than normal. Today this lump looks like it might be oozing a small amount of blood. She's 10 years old and has always been in good health but this thing on her lower back does not look good. Any ideas what this is?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
You've described a tumor, impaction, or infection of the preen gland. Here's a very thorough review of disorders of this gland: It would be best to have an avian-oriented vet (please see here: have a look at Pete. Hopefully, the gland just needs to be cleaned out. Cancers of the gland are quite aggressive and life-threatening. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Hi Mimi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Pete. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin