25 yr old indian ringneck distended stomach

my indian ringneck has lost alot of weight took him to avian vet was diagnosed with distended stomach he is 25 years old vet recommended extensive tests should i do them? today he is pretty active healthy appetite etc doesnt display sick behavior as much as when i took him in 2 days ago i have been treating him with high protein formula with an eye dropper seems to have made a big difference any help for us thanks jenn

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Mar 24, 2011
Bird with distended stomach
by: The Avian Vet

Yes, you need to do the tests. You need to do blood work and x-rays at the minimum.

Dr B
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Mar 24, 2011
25 yr old indian ringneck distended stomach
by: Linda

I appreciate the fact that you took him to Avian Vet for exam, but "distended stomach" is NOT a diagnosis but just a confirmation of a symptom.

I suggest you have further testing done. Many tests will need to be done because this kind of symptom can point in many directions. Digestive upsets can be the result of incorrect feediing, tumors inside, infections both bacterial and viral or some type of organ failure.

You probably should go back to the avian vet quickly and have some tests done. Comprehensive bloodwork would be the place to start to see what kind of condition organs are in because problems with liver and kidneys can cause swelling like this. A throat swab to check for bacterial infection is best, and viral infection should show in blood work.

Your bird, though feeling better, may be close to liver failure from eating an all seed diet for years which is what happens to a lot of parrots. Organic pellets need to be introduced at as early an age as is possible. Your bird is getting old, so all you can do is find the problem and support him as instructed by avian vet.Right now, be very careful of any additions to diet or over the ounter meds because if he is close to liver failure, one of these can push him over the edge. Give only what Avian Vet has suggested which may be nothing until they can see what shape organs are in.

Let us know how it all goes and thank you for caring enough to give your bird the medical attention he needs! You are appreciated and respected, and we will enjoy hearing from you again.

Linda
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