Female conure suffering with clostridium and polyuria?

by Shelly
(Port St. Lucie,florida)

Concerned about my female conure suffering with clostridium and polyuria after laying soft shell egg. My female 11 year old ...Conure laid her first egg last week on June 8. It was agonizing for her and the egg was Large..SOFT SHELL!
She struggled FROm 11 am until 8 pm without pooping, lots os straining and Finally laid this soft shell egg!

The next day my little Sunshine turned 11 years old on June 9! The droppings changed ...it is called polyureia. She now also has clostridium.
My vet has prescribed flagyl to treat the clostridium, calcium orally, and we put pedialyte into her water.

I am keeping her in the sun room with the heat on. The temp ranges from 83 to 86"
Her weight starts in the am at 110 but is difficult to go up during the day to her normal weight of 119.
She hovers about 113.
Her appetite is just ok!
My question to you is this...should there be more done with the loss of fluids??? I am very concerned that there will be some kidney damage.

Her urea le el was normal taken on Wednesday of this week.....the vet is hoping the polyuria is from the clostridium.....but not certain.

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Jun 20, 2012
Bird with polyurea and Clostridium
by: The Avian Vet

The polyurea is secondary to egg laying. This is caused by hormone released during the egg production and laying cycles. It is not likely to cause kidney damage, especially if your bird is drinking. There is not need for pedialyte.

The Clostridium may be adding to this problem, but not very much. Flagyl is not the drug of choice. The best drug is Clindamycin. The soft shell is either because of calcium deficiency, vitamin D3 deficiency, lack of appropriate amount of UV light, or a physiological problem.

I recommend that you feed your bird a pellet diet ( Harrison's is the best). This will prevent all nutrient imbalances. If you feed a non pellet diet, then you should expect egg binding, soft shelled eggs, and other life-threatening nutritional problems.

Supplementing with calcium (orally) is not effective and can lead to kidney problems. The weight is not a problem unless she continues to lose. I recommend that you have x-rays done, too. Urea is not a test done in birds, but uric acid levels need to be monitored as well as other blood parameters.

Dr B

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