Ophthalmologist of the parrot 101


Ophthalmologist of the parrot 101


Case no 1:

Victor the terrifying

Victor is an Amazon with a very strong character. He hates being forced on things. This morning he is really upset. We took him to the new local pet store to have his nails trimmed. Victor promises to show off all the colors to whoever dares to catch it. For the employee of the pet shop, the parrot is one of the first subjects to whom he must do a manicure. The Amazon in its transporter is brought into the back room, out of sight. On his return, the young employee explains that there are three claws left to trim; there is no longer any question of him touching this parrot! Despite his thick gloves, Victor managed to bite him blood. Back in its carrier, the bird displays a victorious warlike attitude, although his plumage is quite disheveled and the edges of his eyes very swollen. We can easily imagine that “it stirred …”. Worried to see her bird in this state, Victor’s mistress immediately went to her vet. When he arrived, the swelling around his eyes subsided. The veterinarian’s examination shows that everything is normal and he takes the opportunity to trim the three still sharp claws. Well wrapped in a terry towel, Victor is much calmer. Obviously, his self-esteem is still hurt… The periorbital swelling noted in this parrot was not pathological. Some large psittacines are able to intentionally inflate a portion of their sinuses around their eyes. This gesture is performed when the bird feels assaulted and aims to make it more terrifying in the eyes of its attackers. The swelling is always transient and is in no way dangerous.

Ophthalmologist of the parrot 101

Case no 2:

Jewel and the full moon

The deformity that affects Bijou’s beak, the macaw, requires regular pruning. However, he does not like the procedure at all. Even if the waist is not painful, nothing is more unpleasant for him than to feel held. Bijou is very strong physically ( and also mentally…!), which means that holding it is not necessarily an easy adventure. A firm grip is required. Today is the big day: we have to prune the beak. Is it the full moon that makes the parrot so restless? No one can tell. What is certain is that it is not tenable. The restraint that his master must use is therefore more muscular than usual. His mistress finally managed to cut his beak, not without difficulty. So it’s a breathless parrot, but not too angry, that returns to the safety of the top of its cage once pruning is complete. By bringing him his reward ( a peanut, of course ) for having been a good bird ( which in fact was not that good), Bijou’s master notices that his left eye looks a bit odd. He looks more closely and finds that his eye is narrowed and looks like a partially deflated balloon. It did not take more for Bijou to be brought urgently to his vet. After careful examination of the eye, the diagnosis is good. Bijou is simply suffering from a drop in the pressure of the liquid inside her eye. This happens occasionally when a bird has its head held up. There is no need to worry, the eye will return to its original shape after some time.

Ophthalmologist of the parrot 101

Case no 3:

A cockatiel and winks

Marie goes to the vet with her little one-month-old cockatiel. His eyes didn’t open normally when the time came. A skin partially covers them. Without it, the bird would be perfect. He is growing well and his behavior is normal. The examination will determine that what is covering the eyeballs are abnormal eyelids. They are merged. A simple small round opening is present in the center of each eye. The eyelids are therefore shaped like a donut. The bird manages to see through the small hole. This eyelid malformation is congenital ( that is, it is present at birth). If the problem is simple, the solution is not. Trying to surgically open these eyelids is no easy task. They tend to refuse quickly. Since the condition is not painful or dangerous for the bird, and its vision is still functional, there is no need to try anything in order to recreate normal eyelids. There is nothing serious that a cockatiel cannot wink …

Ophthalmologist of the parrot 101

Case no 4:

Jojo and his black eye

Bang! Here is once again Jojo the sun conure who has just hit himself against the living room mirror. It’s only been two days since he arrived in his new home and he imagines that the large mirror is in fact the extension of the room. This time he seems to have hit himself pretty hard. He crashed into the rug and still wonders what just happened to him. Carl takes him gently and places him in his cage so that he comes to his senses and rests a little. An hour after the accident, Carl notices that Jojo is rubbing his left eye on his perch. He takes a closer look and sees that the rim is swollen a lot and is all black. The parrot is brought to the vet.

Fortunately, despite the terrible look of his eye, it is only a bruise ( commonly referred to as a black eye ). Following the impact, tiny blood vessels ruptured and blood spilled under the thin skin of the eyelids. Their transparency easily shows the color of the blood. The eyeball is intact. Jojo will not bear the consequences of his mishap. Carl, for his part, quickly removed this mirror responsible for the misfortune of his parrot.

Case no 5:

Neglected sinusitis

A budgie is presented to a veterinary clinic because two weeks ago swelling appeared under her right eye. According to the owner: “the bump is getting bigger”. He also points out that his parakeet has been sneezing and running from his nose for about six months. On examination, the veterinarian also notices that the parakeet has its right nostril blocked and that the feathers surrounding it are stuck with secretions. Puncture and analysis of the contents of the lump under the eye indicates that it is filled with pus. The swelling is therefore caused by an abscess. Surgery is needed in order to empty this pocket of pus. Antibiotics alone can no longer cure an infection that has reached this stage. The abscess of this parrot is secondary to neglected chronic sinusitis. Unfortunately, this bird was euthanized. An upper respiratory infection or untreated chronic sinusitis is sometimes complicated by periorbital abscess. It is therefore important to consult a veterinarian quickly as soon as a problem appears. A disease that is very early on is often much easier to treat.

Ophthalmologist of the parrot 101

Case no 6:

The Caspi canal

Caspi the cockatoo is bothered by persistent eye discharge from the right side. Its feathers are soiled, and the delicate skin of its eyelids is reddened from the chronic irritation caused by the constant shedding of tears. Several drugs have been tried to tackle the problem, but without success.

When Caspi’s owners presented him to the clinic for a second opinion on his condition, his problem had already been going on for a few months. A full examination was performed on the diseased eye. Everything was normal except the function of her nasolacrimal duct. A special dye applied to his eye did not pass into the opening of his choanae, located at the level of his palate. The nasolacrimal duct is a tiny duct running from the inner corner of the eye to the choanae. It allows the excess tears to flow freely into the nasal cavity and then possibly into the throat. A simple “flush” of this channel with sterile saline made it possible to dislodge the debris which blocked it. Eye discharge ceased with the return of canal function.

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