Urgently and humbly requesting help&advice!
Posted 23 September 2011 - 04:41 PM
She started having breathing problems about two weeks ago. She would wheeze and was clearly very stressed, as she would cling to me like there was no tomorrow. Her droppings were very liquid, and her condition wouldn't improve on its own. A local vet prescribed antibiotics for respitory infection(?). It didn't seem to help, so she was then prescribed a different kind of antibiotics, which I'm giving to her now.
The thing is, in these two weeks she has lost so much weight. She is usually a little less than 500 grams, but now only 375. She has stopped talking, she can't fly, and is very, very weak overall. When I speak to her, she tries to respond, opens her beak, but no sound comes out, except small clucking. A week ago she was throwing up quite a bit of what she ate. I've tried to keep her interested in eating by offering some treats, like a bit of potato chip, apple juice, and fruits, but she'll only nibble or take a sip. I don't think there is a blockage in her system, as small amounts of solid droppings do come through.
So today I started feeding her with a spoon(I don't know exactly what to call it. It says 'eggfood' on the package. I'm mixing it with water.), against her will, but she really needs to start eating. I feel I should have done this earlier, but I really didn't expect this to ever happen. Sounds extremely stupid, I know.
I've kept her warm, and let her rest, and given all the comfort she asks. She doesn't seem to have trouble breathing now, so the antibiotics should be working? It's just that she is so weak now.
I also have three cockatiels. They are not sick at all, and eat pretty much the same foods as my grey, so I really don't know what could have caused this.
-Featherfall, deeply concerned for her best friend
Posted 23 September 2011 - 05:51 PM
Have the vets performed any testing? Have they done a fecal and/or crop gram stains?
Can you get hand feeding formula for parrots? This may be a better option than the egg food alone.
Posted 23 September 2011 - 06:48 PM
The possibility of testing never came up when I spoke to my vet, so I'll ask her about that. It's just that I can't reach anyone until Monday. As for the hand feeding formula, I've asked around for it in the past with no luck, but I'll try again.
Posted 23 September 2011 - 08:04 PM
Posted 23 September 2011 - 08:28 PM
Although not preferred, human baby food can be used. You can also take "soft" foods such as cooked sweet potatos/yams, carrots, broccoli, thoroughly cooked legumes, cooked grains, bananas, peanut butter, etc and mix it together for a 'mush' and feed these. There's one recipe that calls for cooked sweet potatoes, peanut butter and bananas all mashed together and made into little balls, and possibly rolled into some seed as a treat. There are variations of this recipe. One is below.
Some other ideas - although if a recipe calls for syrup, I'd kind of suggest supplementing with honey instead (natural honey has antibacterial properties)
Also, look for plain yogurt with live cultures. If you have it, get plain greek yogurt with live cultures. (healthier) These yogurts have live probiotics, which may help with the good bacteria in the gut.
You didn't mention if you feed seeds and/or pellets, but if your grey is on pellets, you can soften them with water or fruit juice (sugar free is preferable).
Posted 23 September 2011 - 11:22 PM
So very sorry your girl is sick. Along with the advice above, I would contact the zoo nearest to you and ask them to give you the name of the vet who treats their birds. IMO, what you need right now is a vet with avian experience, regardless of their training. The more birds they've seen in their practice the more likely they will be to know what is going on and what tests to run.
Posted 24 September 2011 - 12:36 PM
Another vet, who does know more about birds, told me I should stop the antibiotics, and in light of what Monica said, I think I should.
I made a mixture of the eggfood, babyfood, and soft peas and corn, and added a drop of probiotic solution, and fed her with a spoon. She does eat pellets, and usually softens them in water herself. She just won't eat much on her own now, so I'll crush some pellets with water, and feed her with the spoon.
And thank you Monica for the recipes, I didn't even think of baking special foods for my birdies!
Posted 24 September 2011 - 02:33 PM
I hope you're able to get your grey to enjoy eating some foods and hopefully get in contact with an avian vet on Monday! When you do, ask about natural/unfiltered apple cider vinegar with "mother" in it. It's a good natural anti-fungal infection. I would recommend adding it to her drinking water, however not knowing her health at the moment, it's not something I want to recommend, until you can get an "ok" from an a-vet.
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