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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I live in new Zealand. I have a 2 month old male galah named

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HI there I live in new Zealand. I have a 2 month old male galah named kozmo. He is a very healthy eater and drinks a lot of water. This morning I noticed he has a lot of thick black blood looking stuff around his bum and also when I look with a torch it looks like his actual bottom where he passes poop is all wet and red/bloody looking. Plus he had red blood down one of his tail feathers. I don't know what to do. Hes only done one poop in about an hour and it had a small amount of bubbles in it? Please please help me I scared. Thank you. I'm Danny by the way :)
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?
Customer: A male galah cockatoo
JA: OK. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about kozmo?
Customer: No not that I can think of. He eats a very healthy diet all organic including pellets. Plus clean water every day and a very clean tidy cage so I would be suprised if he's picked up a bug
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Bird
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Also I thought I would mention I live on great barrier island new Zealand and there are not specialised bird vets over here
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Kozmo, please?

I need to consider cloacal (vent) diseases such as internal papilloma disease, cloacoliths (stones), cloacitis (inflammation due to neoplasia or infection), cloacal prolapse, and severe enteritis whenever frank blood is found in the droppings. Regrettably, these disorders require an avian vet to clarify. You're necessarily constrained to giving Kozmo an antibiotic directly into his beak in the hopes that he suffers from a bacterial infection in his gastrointestinal tract. Human bacteria that has contaminated his feed is a common source of those bacteria. Please let me know if you have access to such an antibiotic.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?