19 year old conure is holding one foot up & not putting weight on it

by Rita
(ohio)

19 year old conure is holding one foot up & not putting weight on it. My bird just squaks to let me know when it wants something. Not moving about freely anymore. Having weakness in one foot. Has been losing strenght in it for awhile but I had put pressure on his toe to keep him from flying & he hasn't used it since. It has been a good month now. Still eating but sleeping a lot more now. Any suggestions? I feel like this is all my fault.

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Jul 11, 2012
Dr. B please read
by: Rita

Thank-you for your input. It all makes sense now. I got a kitten 9 months ago & have been holding Mooney's foot everytime I transported him from his cage. 9 months of pressure on his foot has taken its toll. I will forever NOT forgive myself for injuring something I love so much. If he is not showing any signs of improvement by weeks end I will take him to the vet.

Jul 11, 2012
Dr. B please read
by: Rita

Thank-you for your imput. Looking back I see I must have caused this. My husband brought home a kitten 9 months ago and when I would transport the bird from cage to bathroom I held his foot. Last time I put too much pressure on it. I know I did. So it all makes sense. I will go to the vet if he is not showing better signs by the end of the week. 9 months of me holding his foot took a bad toll on him & I will forever not forgive myself.

Jul 11, 2012
Conure with possible injured foot or toe
by: The Avian Vet

It is possible that the toe or foot was injured from handling. Foot and toe injuries are painful and can cause limping for several days to 2-3 weeks. I feel that since your bird is still limping, that the injury may be serious since he is still limping.

I recommend that you have him examined and x-rayed by an avian veterinarian. I understand that he stresses at the veterinarian’s office, but the advantage of proper medical treatment far outweighs the risk of handling. There are ways to reduce this this stress such as using a mild sedative to relax your bird during the exam.

Dr B
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Jul 10, 2012
Dr. B
by: Rita

I don't know who he is but I would welcome any advice. Mooney has never liked to be held. Just wants to ride on my shoulder. I did flip him over, gently,& felt him some & touched his foot. Has no gripping power whatever. Didn't feel any lumps but what does that mean? Still preening & took a bath the other day in his drinking water. Usually takes a shower with me, him on my head hanging on.I am sick to my stomach thinking of life without him.Thank-you for taking the time to write me. No one else has. And I have no one to share my pain with.

Jul 10, 2012
Conure not putting weight on foot
by: Tracie

I have asked Dr B to answer this, but he sometimes doesn't answer for a week or more due to his heavy office and teaching schedule.

Others over the years have written with similar concerns. They are certain it will be worse for the birds. Dr B has been practicing for over 30 years and usually encourages people that an experienced avian vet with experienced staff will know how to handle a scared bird.

I totally understand your fears, I would feel the same way.

Jul 10, 2012
continued comment
by: rita

I am sorry I lashed out. I am hurting real bad. I know you are right but I am afraid this is the beginning of the end and I don't want his life to end sooner at the vet's office.

Jul 10, 2012
response
by: Rita

My conure has NEVER been held by anyone but me in 19 years.Big mistake, I know that now but none the less.He would stress out to the point of having a heart attack at the vets office in front of my very eyes. I am not a novice to the bird world. He is on Hagen Tropimix, seed and people food.As much as he will eat. He has always been finicky. He is still talking, still squaking, & I just want to know if anyone else has experienced this & what they did. I have perches all over & just ordered rope perches to make it easier to grab on to.
Thank-you for your feedback. Maybe I just needed to vent seeing it doesn't seem like I can control the situation at all.

Jul 09, 2012
Conure holding up one foot
by: Tracie

This is serious, you need to Find an Avian Vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be. Your bird is in obvious pain, and it may need medication or even an operation. It could be an injury, infection, tumor etc.

If you are feeding an all seed diet or cheap pellets like ZuPreem and others with high sugar or tons of chemicals, this could be what started the issue. It could have a tumor or infection. Your bird should be eating about 80% quality pellets like Harrison's or Roudybush for optimum health.

Do not try to convert your bird either from a bad pellet to a good pellet or from a seed diet to a pellet diet until you have seen an avian vet to discover what is wrong though.

Let us know what you find out at the avian vet.

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