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My parakeet has developed swelling under s beak- its looks

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my parakeet has developed swelling under his beak- its looks like a big budge. what do you think it might be?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your situation, and wanted to help.

Now if Henry has a lump under his beak, we need to tread with care. This is because we can see a range of issues appear in the manner and the larger they get the harder they will be to treat. Common concerns for what you are reporting include abscesses (due to bacterial infection), cysts, benign growths (ie lipomas), or even cancers (ie fibrosarcoma).

With these all in mind, the best way to approach an abnormal lump like this is to have your vet evaluate the lump via fine needle aspiration (FNA). This is where the vet uses a needle to harvest cells from the lump. If they remove pus, then this tells us that there is infection present and antibiotics can be dispensed. If blood or blood stained fluid is removed, then a cyst is most likely and can at least be drained if not removed. If fatty material is removed, then a lipoma is more likely. Otherwise, if the above are not found, then the cells they harvest can be stained and the identity of the lump can be determined and whether it is something that is concerning or needs more serious treatment.

Overall, we need to be proactive with this for Henry. That way we can identify what is present and treat it quickly before it can grow to a size that affects his eating or is too large to remove for him.

Justin case you do need an avian vet and do not have one already, you can check at AAV(http://www.aav.org/search/), Avianweb (http://www.beautyofbirds.com/recommendedvets.htm), Lafeber database(http://lafeber.com/pet-birds/find-an-avian-vet/) or Birdsnway(http://www.birdsnways.com/birds/vets.htm).

hope this information is helpful.

If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!

All the best,

Dr. B.

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