Bumble foot

by Donavan
(Grosse Pointe Park,MI,U.S.A.)

My vet told me my parkeet may have bumle foot. What r your suggestions for cure?

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Jun 23, 2009
Bumble Foot
by: Linda

The Avian Vet who diagnosed this infection will need to bandage and treat with antibiotic therapy. It will need to be done until bird's feet are clean of the infection.

Now, to WHY this occurs. Inactivity, obesity, unhygienic or wrong kind of perches and Vitamin A deficiency are the primary causes. Perches need to be made from natural branches and/or PVC material so there is a graduation in size up and down. The PVC would provide some softer material to stand on. This gives feet relief from holding onto a hard dowel all the time. So ask Avian vet about safe woods in your area and get some in cage. Cleaning perches is the next factor, so keep them clean as birds spend a lot of time on them, and they can become dirty with bacteria from food, feces and so forth. If your bird is inactive, get a playtop for top of his cage so he has some time outside to play. Have vet check his weight to see if he is overweight. The last is Vitaman A dificiency, and that can be taken care of by feeding a high quality, organic pelleted food like Harrison's. Tracie has Harrisons out here. There is a period of changing over a seed eater to the pellets and takes different birds different times. Start on the new diet mixed with the old immediately. If your bird only eats seeds, he is nutritionally challenged.

So, take bird back to vet so he can start the proper treatment for your bird which will be bandaging so it does not hurt to put feet down and antibiotic therapy.

Start getting together what you need to change this bird's environment so it is suitable for him. New perches that are kept clean at all times. They should be changed out at least once a year or more often if they look worn. Get some Harrison's pellets, size appropriate, for your bird and put a little seed in bottom of dish and Harrisons on top until bird is eating majority pellets. Then you can take the seed mix out entirely. http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com has more information about change overs plus a lot of free information about taking care of birds in general.You'll like it.

So, the bumblefoot HAS to be treated by the vet, and you need to get busy making the changes necessary to make sure this does not happen again. It is easier to keep birds the right way than to have to bring them out of an illness like this. You will see, learn and understand from this issue that it is better to keep them healthy than to have to have them treated for various illnesses plus have to watch their discomfort.Tracie also has some really good books out here on the general care of the parrots, and there is also a wealth of information on the internet as well.


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