Cockatiel w/ swollen chest

I have a 17 yr. old cockatiel, and I have been noticing that his droppings are mostly liquid here lately. Also, I was feeling his chest earlier today and it feels like it is swollen, it is not a hard lump or anything, it actually feels spongy like. However, he acts completely normal and doesn't seem like he is in any pain or anything. What could be wrong? Could it be a tumor?

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Dec 23, 2010
Cockatiel w/ swollen chest
by: Linda

Runny stools are the first sign of an infection. The swollen, spongy chest is downright dangerous as it sounds like either the lungs are filling with fluid or there is a mass that is fluid filled.

Find an Avian Vet in your driving area, put your bird into a safe, warm, covered travel cage and get him to the vet's as quickly as you can. Birds try to cover their illness, so we recommend yearly visits to make sure they are kept healthy. This bird is in trouble and trying very hard to cover. Once it gets to the point of not eating and drinking, death is not far away, so please do not wait to have him examined. A throat swab is the best way to find bacterial infections as the anal swabs are useless for the most part. Some bloodwork may also be needed to make sure organs are fucntioning properly. Avian Vet may recommend some kind of xray to see if there is a mass on, in or near the lungs. If money is an issue, and it always is with us, see if your Avian Vet will allow you to pay up to half down and the rest in regular monthly installments. Do not miss any payments, and you will have established your credibility and responsibility as someone who pays their bills. Never keep a sick bird sick because of money as most Avian Vets will work with you, and these matters can be worked out after they examine and test your bird.

Thanks for writing and let us know what the Avian Vet has to say.

Linda

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