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Hello. My name is***** and I am an avian veterinarian that can answer your question. I understand Bobbi is having difficulty gripping the perch. Did this occur today or have you been observing a gradual decline in Bobbi's ability to grip?
There are a few different reasons for losing the ability to grip with the feet. One is from physical trauma to the foot. This should be fairly obvious on observation. If you do not see any problems with the foot or toes then the issue is likely either neurological or skeletal. Arthritis is a skeletal problem that is a possibility at this age. One tends to think about arthritis occurring gradually, but birds are adept at hiding discomfort for a long period of time and may have been able to conceal it. More commonly, though, is a neurological issue. The nerve used to facilitate gripping of the toes actually runs right through the kidney. Therefore, if there is any problem with the spine (i.e. arthritis, disc herniatioon) or the kidney (i.e. neoplasia, gout) compression of that nerve prohibits the ability to contract the muscles and grip the perch. The best thing to do to figure this out is to have a x-ray performed of the abdomen and spine. This should give you the information you need.
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