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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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Found him in my yard a week ago was scared but seemed heathy

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found him in my yard a week ago was scared but seemed heathy today he isnt talking and wants to stay by his cage now he is spitting up water. I've been waiting for someone to claim him and dont know much about parrots
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the bird?
Customer: He is usally chatty and hungry but now isn't intersted in eating now he has like mucus on the end of his beak and he did spit up water earlier
JA: What is the bird's name and age?
Customer: We called him Poppy dont know his age I found him on my roof a week ago and he flew to my grandaughter so we brought him in the house
JA: OK. Is it a kitten or an adult?
Customer: Its an adult parrot
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about We?
Customer: Just that hes been Happy eating and talking all week until today
Submitted: 11 days ago.
Category: Bird
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 days ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. It's important to note that once a parrotacts ill it's already quite ill and in need of the attention of an avian-oriented vet (please see here: www.aav.org). This is a protective mechanism because sick birds are attacked by other birds in the wild and within their flock. Poppy's symptoms of anorexia and regurgitation/vomiting are important symptoms but they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder.

An avian-oriented vet might first treat symptomatically and supportively by providing supplemental fluids and electrolytes by needle and tube feeding a "recovery" food. Blood tests and cultures of Poppy's choana - the slit between his oral cavity and nose - and cloaca (vent) may be taken. Whole body X-rays can be quite helpful as well.

Until he can be attended to, please heat up his environment to 85F by means of a 100W bulb shined into his partially covered cage (not at night when he needs to rest) or by taping a heating pad set on its lowest setting to the sides of his cage. If he appears weakened remove his perches and put his food and water on the bottom of the cage along with him. Add a water soluble avian vitamin such as Oasis brand to his water at half of the recommended dose so as not to make his water distasteful. Add a calcium supplement such as Calcivet or Calciboost to his water. These supplements are available in pet/feed stores. Avoid over the counter antibiotics designed to be placed in his water. They won't be effective if only because an ill bird won't drink enough to medicate itself properly.

Nutritional imbalances are a common cause of illness in our pet birds. Seeds should compose less than 20% of his diet. A diet of mainly seed and nuts has excessive fat, carbohydrates, and phosphorus; marginal protein; adequate vitamin E, and are deficient in amino acids, calcium, available phosphorus, sodium, manganese, zinc, iron, vitamins A, D3 (necessary for efficient absorption of calcium), K, and B12, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, choline, and available niacin. Ideally, a balanced pelleted diet such as can be found here: www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com or here: www.lafeber.com/pet-birds should be fed as well as hard boiled egg yolk, pancakes and cornbread, the tops of fresh greens, dairy products such as yogurt and cheese, fresh fruits such as apples, pears, melon, kiwi, and berries, vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, beets, asparagus, cabbage, sweet potato, and squash, and even tiny pieces of meat.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 days ago.
Hi,

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

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