African Grey Wing Amputation
by Connie Glass
My african grey broke a bone in her right wing many years ago although I didn't know this at the time. She mutilated the underside of this wing in August last year (2011) and my vet managed to save the wing although there was tendon damange.
We later discovered the break and subsequent arthritis. The last 6 months have been spent trying to stop her attacking the wing but she has started to scratch it now with her foot so unless she has a sling and collar on, I cannot stop her damaging the wing further.
My vet is now suggesting that the wing be amputated to stop the continual pain and the need to medicate her. I have read a number of articles discussing phantom pain after amputation and wondered if you could give me your advice. Charlie is otherwise a very healthy 9 year old african grey and I have had her since she was a baby.