Amazon constantly cleaning - ?? his beak

by Suzie
(Tarentum, PA)

My AMazon was sick about 3-4 weeks ago.. His foot was tore open and the avian vet put him on Baytril, pain meds and pain cream. His foot is just about healed. He no longer is tearing his foot apart.. but he has been going NUTS cleaning -- or SCRATCHING his beak since he was sick. His beak is now red from his constant scraping on the perch.

Pls tell me .. what is making him do this. He was on Baytril for 5 days not 14 as directed.I also am giving him apple cider vinegar in his drinking water in case he has a fungal infection? Which I see no signs of.

What can I do to help relieve his itching?
thanks

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Sep 08, 2009
Amazon scratching beak
by: The Vet

Please discontinue using the vinegar. This is not going to help with anything. You cannot get the concentration strong enough to treat or prevent a fungal infection, and if the concentration is too strong, then you bird may not drink enough.

Any time an antibiotic is prescribed, you need to finish the doses. Stopping in the middle will cause development of resistant bacteria and the next time you need to use that antibiotic it may not work. And if you stop without finishing, the infection is likely to comeback quicker because not all of the bacteria was killed with the shortened antibiotic treatment time.

Beak scratching can be caused by many things ? sinus infection, foreign body in the beak, choana, or sinus, allergies, oral cavity infection with fungi or bacteria, infection within the covering of the beak or some other irritation. You should go back to your veterinarian for a recheck of the foot and ask them to look at the beak problem, too.

Dr B

Sep 07, 2009
Beak
by: Linda

PLEASE STOP THE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IMMEDIATELY!!! PARROTS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE VINEGAR IN THEIR DIET, AND THIS IS CAUSING AN OVER ACID SYSTEM WHICH IS DRIVING HIM CRAZY OUTSIDE AND INSIDE.

Who told you to use this? If you want an antifungal for a parrot, please ask the vet for one and do not do your own diagnosing and treating as you will eventually kill your bird.

Take your bird back to the vet and tell him what bird is doing to beak and what you have been doing as for the vinegar. He will give bird something to neutralize this acid that is accumulating in his body so he can get back to normal.

For as little time as bird was on antibiotics, there was no need to worry about a fungal infection. If a bird is on antibiotics for a 3 to 5 week or more stint, then you can be concerned about a yeast infection. You DO have to wait for signs of this type of infection, and your bird does have to be on antibiotics longer than 5-7 days to develop one.You also HAVE to take bird back to vet for clear diagnosis and treatment for fungal/yeast infections too. Basically, there are not many reasons to be trying to diagnose and treat your bird, as you and I are NOT trained in Avian medicine and are bound to make mistakes than can cost our birds their lives.

The apple cider vinegar has caused your bird much distress, and stop it now, and get bird back to vet as soon as you can so he can give you something to neutralize all this acid in bird's system. While vinegar may be good to neutralize hydrochloric acid, it is NOT going to do anything for bird, dog or cat except make them sick from over acidic system.

Linda

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