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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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All; I have a 4 year old budgie and we have just discovered

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Hi all; I have a 4 year old budgie and we have just discovered it has an internal abdominal xanthoma, but only now we can see some diferente behaviours. It normally eats, plays, flies, but some times stops for some time. From my perspective, it seems the tumor is not so big, because sometimes and depending on the position the Bird is, it looks like normal. Need another alternate way to control that without a surgery. Does it exist ?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. No, surgical intervention - rarely attempted in a budgie - is the treatment of choice. Here's a synopsis of xanthoma that mentions a possible dietary therapy: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/tumors-xanthomas-in-birds/965 It concerns cutaneous xanthoma but the recommended approaches are synonymous with intraabdominal xanthoma. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.