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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 daughter has a budgie that has cyst on its tail that I

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My daughter has a budgie that has cyst on its tail that I looked at wash and put neosporin on, I applied to much pressure when cleaning it, bird went very limp and does still seem warm, but not sure if she is still alive. We had taken bird to vet previously, they said cyst was no big deal, but it had gotten larger with some pus. I don't know if there is anything I can do for her
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The bird has died. If cyst were pus filled is infection likely cause?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I suspect that that cyst represented a uropygial (preen) gland infection. This can occur secondary to a vitamin A deficiency, immunosuppressive disease such as which occurs with psittacine beak and feather disease, or trauma. Neoplasia of the uropygial gland may also occur. Adenomas, squamous cell carcinomas, papillomas, and adenocarcinomas have all been reported. You can read more about diseases of the uropigial gland here:

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