Cold sore on corner of mouth

by Dana

I have a Goffin Cockatoo (Romeo) and a Blue Quaker (Tweety). They are housed during the day in an Extra Large Parrot Cage during the day. They retire to their bedrooms at night (they each have their own small pet carrier). I recently noticed that Romeo has what looks like a cold sore on the left corner of his mouth. I see him licking the corner, which can't be helping it heal (just like a little child ;-) )

Do birds get cold sores or would this be something else?

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Feb 25, 2009
Possible Mites
by: Tracie

Please do NOT use over the counter remedies for mites. First, it is not normal for an indoor bird to have mites and second, the over the counter stuff usually causes more harm than good.

You may spend more in vet bills fixing what the mite meds did to your bird than going and finding out what is wrong and getting the proper treatment.

Feb 25, 2009
More information
by: Dana

Thank you. With a little more research, the spot on Romeo's cheek looks more like the pictures I have found of Scaly Face (mite).

Feb 19, 2009
papilloma lesion
by: The Vet

My initial guess would be a papilloma lesion. These are usually caused by a virus (not the same virus as a cold sore, bird don?t get these). You need to take your bird in to see an avian veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment.

There is a chance that there are other lesions such as on the vent, feet and inside his body, which can be very serious. It is also possible that it could spread to your Quaker, too.

Find an avian vet to examine your birds. They need to go in at least once a year for check ups and vaccines (including blood work),but if this is a papilloma lesion, they will need to have check ups every 6 months to monitor this problem.

Dr B

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