Cockatiel with dark abdominal fluid
by Emily Arnold
Hi. I noticed something was wrong with my cockatiel one day when I let her out. She flew across the room and was out of breath when she landed. Shortly after I noticed her stomach was very swollen. I initially thought she had an egg in there. After she hadn't laid an egg in over a week, I took her to a vet. They confirmed there was no egg but rather dark tea-colored fluid was drawn from her abdomen which the vet said he has never come across this color. The fluid has since filled her abdomen once again. I am taking her back to the vet this week to have more drawn and sent off for lab testing.
I am clueless on if I should get x-rays or what else I should do in this situation. She is 11 years old, never has had health issues including laying eggs, never been with a male, she acts normal for the most part, eats regularly, stool is still normal. Have you heard of such a thing or can you point me in the right direction?