Bird has swollen foot with puss and black toe

Bird's swollen foot with black toe

Bird's swollen foot with black toe

My bird has a swollen foot and it has some yellow pus coming out and the end of the toe is turning black. When I first noticed a problem it was swollen and the toe was turning black so I took her to the vet the next appointment I could get. I wasn't sure what was wrong with her and couldn't find a cause.

The vet said there may have been a thread around her foot causing the loss of circulation, but she was in a cage away from anything like string and he was not able to find the cause either. Her foot's condition worsened so quickly in two days and it hasn't been getting better.

She had previously had some slight problems with the same foot where it was slightly swollen and warm and red, which I thought were symptoms of arthritis but nothing like this before.

He gave me Baytrol 5% with a small dosage to keep the foot from getting infected and also DMSO solution 99% to put on her foot to revive the circulation both to be given twice daily. I have been applying it for four days but it does not appear to be getting better, but looks worse and more yellow with pus.

I wanted a second opinion as to what could be wrong with my bird, and if there is an infection or something else that I should be aware of and if this is a proper cure because I feel like each day that passes and she is not getting better she is at more risk for losing her foot, or worse. I want to be sure I am doing all I can for her.

I have attached a picture of her foot. He also told me to feed her pellets and vitamin water but she has been refusing both. She has been eating her regular seed diet and fruits and vegis and drinking normal water however and energy wise she seems ok though tires easily from constantly balancing on one foot. The other foot looks normal. Can you please help me?

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Jan 21, 2012
Bird with swollen infected foot
by: The Avian Vet

This is not arthritis. DO NOT USE THE DMSO in this case! You need to get a second opinion.

This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed immediately. There is a chance that she will lose her foot if something is not done immediately.

Stop using vitamins in the water. This is only going to cause problems. If your bird is eating quality pellets such as Harrison's or Roudybush it will have all the nutrition it needs.

Go seek immediate help from a specialist in avian medicine. Find an Avian Vet

Dr B

Jan 19, 2012
Original poster
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your comments guys the problem is after much searching this is the only avian vet I have been able to find in my area so I dont have anyone else to rely on unless I go out of state. I consulted with the same vet again and he said it looks like an infection and gave me a topical antibiotic cream in addition to the oral antibiotics I've been giving her. I hope this is enough to stop the infection he seems to feel like the foot is on it's way to slough and will die on it's own my concern is also to keep the infection from spreading, I don't want her to die from this. I thought we may be able to save the foot but I doesn't look that good for now. I am consulting with the same vet and keeping an eye on progress, I hope she pulls through this.

Jan 18, 2012
Bird with infected foot and black toe
by: Tracie

Dr B has not been answering questions lately, so it is best that you Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird in person for a second opinion if you can.

Hopefully Dr B will answer this soon, but I am concerned it will not be in time for your bird.

Jan 18, 2012
Bird has swollen foot with puss and black toe
by: Linda

You said you took her to the vet. If it was not an Avian Vet, then she could very well die from lack of correct care. Dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in the care of birds and will do what is called "shotgun medicine" meaning they do a lot of guessing with no results except the bird gets worse.

Your second opinion has to come from an Avian Vet. If the one you took her to is an Avian Vet, then you need to get another opinion from another avian vet. If you took her to a dog and cat vet, you may have signed her death warrant, so get her to either another Avian Vet or to an Avian Vet. Your bird is not only likely to lose foot and leg, but if gangrene sets in, she will die a very painful death.


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