14 yr. old African Grey ill
by Missy Mullally
My 14 yr. old African grey is ill. He has had large droppings. At first they were bright green with an odor. He was treated for a bacteria infection and Baytril cleared up the odor but the droppings were still not normal.
His gram stans showed slight bacterial shift towards the gram negative bacteria. His blood work has ruled out major organ diseases and his x-rays show no obvious problems. His blood cell count is normal.
He has been on Pretty bird pellets his whole life and the vet suggested that we go to a natural food. He has not taken to the natural so I have been mixing Zupreem colored food with the natural food.
His second meds were Nystatin and Clavamox and again the odor cleared up. He has been off both meds for over a week now and droppings are not green anymore, but have changed to a yellow/brownish red color, probably from the different food. And, I picked up a hint of the odor coming back. He has had a aspergillus panel and that has come back okay too. His droppings are still extremely messy and a large amount.
In addition to the "something is not right in his stool". He has become extremely aggressive. When I open the cage to clean it, he climbs down to the floor and lunges after me trying to bite me. He recently bit me so hard that I had to get a tetnis shot. He has never been aggressive as now.
He puffs up and trys to attack me all the time. I have been able to weigh him and (with a towel wrapped around my hand) and his weight is consistent at 560-579 grams.
Any advice? I have spent close to $600 at the vet trying to find out the problem. I cannot afford any more vet bills and I am at my wits end to the the behavior. I keep thinking that he isn't feeling well or he wouldn't be acting like this. My husband wants me to have him euthanized. My heart is breaking over this, but I don't want him to suffer if there is something going on that they haven't found yet. Thanks for your help.