african grey foot problem

by kate
(isle of man uk)

bumblefoot??

bumblefoot??

i have an african grey who has a swelling on the side of one toe ( she isnt lame on it and doesnt seem to bother her the vet said its bumblefoot) shes been on antibiotics for 3 weeks now and not gone, it started as a flat area slightly pink the swelled up abit we dont have an avian vet on the island i live on so had to take her to a normal vet, i have noticed another small patch starting the same way this one did, the vet wants to opperate soon but im not happy with what h e said about the way he was going to put her to sleep ( he said he will tape her down to administer anestetic) i can imagine this being extremely stressful for her and i can imagine the trouble he will have catching her to do it and am worried she wont be the same tame bird after hes done that, has anyone had a parrot knocked out before and is this a normal procedure ty kate

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Jan 07, 2010
African grey foot
by: The Vet

It is unusual for bumblefoot to be on the side of the toe versus the bottom. Bumblefoot is typically caused by a combination of a poor diet and bad perches.

The lesion on the side of the toe was not caused by bad perches, but may be related to a poor diet. However, I feel that there are other factors causing this problem, too.

Surgery is one way to repair bumblefoot, but, although I have not had the advantage of examining your bird, this lesion from the picture does not look like it can be repaired surgically. I would be more inclined to think this is a dermatitis.

It is possible that a tissue sample could be taken during a surgical procedure to diagnose this. IF it is already spreading to different toes, something needs to be dome quickly to figure out what it is and what treatment is best.

Dr B

Jan 07, 2010
african grey foot problem
by: Linda

Are there Avian Vet or two on the mainland, and can you get to the mainland with your bird? DO NOT ALLOW THIS DOG AND CAT VET TO DO ANYTHING ELSE WITH YOUR BIRD. They do not know how to diagnose and treat birds because they've not been trained in the art. They are also NOT licensed to perform any surgeries on birds, and you stand a real chance of losing your bird to improper anesthesia administration. Birds have no fat on their bodies, and their bones are hollow, so this means even a bit of an overdose of drugs can kill them. At the very least it can damange livers and kidneys which will kill bird in a while.

If you have any way to get to the mainland, please do so and start all over with them about your bird's situation. Also read all you can about bumblefoot while keeping an open mind until you can see an Avian Vet.3 weeks is too long to be on antibiotics, and your bird needs a break from them for a while. Too much of antibiotics for too long cause fungas yeast infections which then have to be dealt with. If you've seen no progress in 3 weeks, vet may be using wrong meds or have improperly diagnosed illness altogether.

God's Speed and keep us posted,
Linda

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