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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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We have a sinegal parrot that is about 28 years old. In the

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Hello, we have a sinegal parrot that is about 28 years old. In the last week or so she has developed what appears to be cramping in her feet and falling off her perch. We have not changed and of her diet that she has had for all those years. What could be going on?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the bird's name?
Customer: Aurdie
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Aurdie?
Customer: no
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Aurdie. She's past life expectancy (15-25 years) for a Senegal and so we need to consider age-related disorders resulting in her behavior. They would include myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as degenerative or neoplastic (cancerous) myelopathy, osteoarthritis in her spine, hips, or peripheral joints, as well as metabolic disorders such as articular gout. A dietary imbalance although often over-emphasized in these patients is an unlikely cause if she has eaten a balanced diet for 28 years. I can test for metabolic disorders and X-ray her legs and spine but I must admit that I would be constrained in how much I could do for such an elderly bird. Pragmatic therapy might involve prescribing a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as meloxicam to see if pain is a significant factor.

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