Parrot prevention


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Keep your parrot’s wings trimmed to prevent her from being able to fly free in your home. Supervise your pet when she’s out of her cage. Watch young parrots carefully because they are more clumsy than adults and are more likely to hurt themselves.

CONSTRICTED TOE SYNDROME

Constricted toe syndrome is dangerous because it can cause your parrot to lose a toe and potentially develop a serious infection.

Signs

If your parrot has a constricted toe, the toe will look swollen or inflamed. Constricted toe syndrome is often seen in young parrots and may be related to low brooder humidity or toe injuries, although the exact cause is unknown.

Home Treatment

check to see if the parrot has a small piece of thread wrapped around her toe. If so, attempting to remove it could damage the area even more. In mild cases, soaking the affected toe in warm water and gently massage therapy might help. Topical antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications may also soothe the painful toe. However, these treatments could also give the injury time to worsen and delay your parrot from getting the veterinary treatment she needs. Contact your avian veterinarian’s office for further instructions.

Veterinary Treatment

After a thorough exam, treatment may include careful removal of strings or fibers around the toe, removal of infected tissue,warm-water soaks, massage and appropriate dressings. In the most serious cases, surgery could be necessary.

CONVULSIONS

A convulsion, which is a series of violent and involuntary muscle contractions, indicates that there is a very serious underlying medical problem.

Convulsions are not a diagnosis, rather, they are the result of any number of problems that include head trauma, infection, lead poisoning, some nutritional deficiencies, low blood sugar, low blood calcium,heat-stroke, neurological disease and epilepsy (brain mal-function causing recurring seizures).

Signs

In the minutes before a convulsion, a parrot may appear apprehensive and restless. A convulsion may only affect a single wing or leg or could involve the entire body.

Specific signs include uncontrolled shaking, trembling or twitching of the entire body or affected limb. The parrot may also lose her balance and fall to the floor or even lose consciousness.

Convulsions usually last only a few seconds but can last up to a minute or two. The time interval between them can vary. They may occur a few minutes apart, or they may occur days or even months apart. In rare instances, they can seem to continue nonstop.

Home Treatment

There is no effective home treatment for convulsions.

The underlying cause must be determined and treated to prevent further episodes. However, during a convulsion protect your parrot from further injury by removing objects in her cages, such as perches, toys or food dishes. Cover the cage with a towel if this might help to calm the bird. This is an emergency and your avian veterinarian will want to examine your parrot immediately.

Be sure to call ahead and make sure a veterinarian is on duty and can see your parrot.

Veterinary Treatment

If your parrot is actually having a convulsion upon presentation, she needs to be examined immediately.

Heating it, stirring the hand-feeding formula, and by being very careful when heating formula in a microwave. Microwave heating can create “hot spots” within the formula that can easily burn the crop.


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