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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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15 year old female cockatiel. Laboured breathing, puffed

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15 year old female cockatiel. Laboured breathing, puffed feathers. Some possible distension of gut near anus. Badly drooped left wing at should (although this has been slightly dropped for a few months). Bird is still eating, but looks unwell. No discharging from eyes or nostrils. Could this be egg binding?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cockatiel's name?
Customer: Mia
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Mia?
Customer: Feather colour and shine look good/normal.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Mia. She's past life expectancy and so I'm concerned that her laboured breathing and abdominal distension - which can represent ascites (the accumulation of fluid within her coelomic cavity) - indicates congestive heart failure at her age. Egg binding is evidenced by persistent squatting as if to eliminate or lay and walking like a penguin. Mia needs the attention of an avian vet at your earliest convenience. Please see here: and please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.