cockatiel 10yr.old female in otherwise good health
(Riverview N.B. Canada)
Trixie was seen looking ill, then we noticed that her left wing was drooping. We did see an exotic vet, new to our town. Two x-rays were taken of the same wing, extended. The vet said there was a small space noted in the shoulder joint, but no fractures.
An IM anti-inflammatory was given and a two week course of oral anti-inflammatory prescribed. We were asked to keep her quite for four weeks. We are at the end of the second week and Trixie appears to feel better, (she has moved herself from the hospital cage back to the flock, 2 other cockatiels ,a love bird with two paralysed legs and a budgie) although she still doesn't try to use her wing, even when she lost her balance and fell.
She has started to extend it about a third of the way in a stretch and it is not drooping as much, although she doesn't hold it as close to her body as her other wing. She doesn't preen the pin feathers on that wing either. When the wing is extended manually, it doesn't give her any discomfort.
My question is ,since the x-ray ruled out a fracture, could it be dislocated and if so, what would the treatment entail? What other possilbe diagnosis' should be investigated? Her nickname is P.I.T.A, (pain in the ass) so we dearly feel for her loss of personality. All our birds are free with some flight feathers trimmed in our kitchen/family room area,with arrangements for their special needs.