feet sore and bleeding

by sue
(south australia)

my canary has a sore on its foot and it bleeds what should i do and what could it be

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Nov 12, 2010
Canary with bleeding feet
by: The Avian Vet

The most likely problem is bumblefoot. It is generally caused by a combination of factors

* vitamin A deficient diet - Seed diets are deficient in up to 35 different nutrients, especially vitamin A;
* lack of UV light - Even though your bird may sit in or near a window, the UV light is filtered by the glass and is of no benefit to your bird; and
* incorrect perches - he perches that cause the problem are wood and plastic dowels.


To correct these factors, improve the chances of healing, and prevent future problems, you should:

- be feeding about 60% pellets, with 40% seeds and treats such as fresh green-leaf and other vegetables, egg food, and cooked foods. Harrison's is the best.

- provide a full spectrum light to give your bird UV light that will aid in the production of natural vitamin D3, and allow your bird to see better and more naturally.

- provide a variety of perches. I recommend a minimum of two natural wood branches, a Polly's Pastel Pedicure Perch, and a Rope Boings or Perch. The pedicure perch should be the highest perch. Your bird will sleep there. This perch will keep the nails trim, but more importantly can help to prevent bumblefoot.

There are are other problems that can cause bleeding, such a mites, papillomavirus, pox virus, injury, and even skin cancer. I recommend that you have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian to determine the cause of bleeding, then appropriate treatment can be administered.

Regardless of the cause, your bird can only benefit from improving his diet and his perches.

Dr B

Switching Birds to Pellets article

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