Flem from mouth

by Danny Logan
(Smyrna Tn Good 'ol USA)

I have a green cheek that has never traveled nor has ever had flem come from mouth. She is 3. I drove her to my moms and on the way, yellow flem was forming and on bottom beak. She was fine during visit, but on way home, happened again. She was on her swing, so I am hoping maybe motion sickness. She is extemely healthy and poops regularly also. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks, Danny

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Jun 07, 2010
Car sick birds
by: Anonymous

My Macaw gets car sickevery time when take her some where. The vet gave her a great bill of health and yet she got car sick on the way home. Now, I cover her cage so that she cant see out any window. It seems to help.

Jun 05, 2010
Car sick bird?
by: The Avian Vet

Many birds do get car sick, but you should have him examined by an avian veterinarian to be sure it is not something else. Birds should be seen annually anyway for well bird checks.

Dr B

Jun 04, 2010
Flem from mouth
by: Linda

Danny, thanks for writing because your bird needs to be seen by an Avian Vet. This is one of the first signs of an infection, and at the beginning of infections, they still eat and drink. Birds try to cover up how bad they feel because in the wild, a sick or injured bird is a dead bird. Either the flock kills them or they make them leave the flock which always means death. Parrots are exotic wild animals and will always revert to their wild inner selves when sick or frightened.Sometimes birds will regurgitate to show they are happy with you, a toy or possibly a ride. I would not wait and see, I'd go ahead and get her into see an Avian Vet to put this to rest.

Please locate an Avian Vet in your area by using the phone book or calling your regular dog and cat vet. DO NOT TAKE BIRD TO A DOG AND CAT VET BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT LICENSED OR TRAINED TO TREAT BIRDS and will usually do nothing to protect their licenses since treating birds is illegal for them.Sometimes, they WILL try to treat birds and give them wrong or too much medicine and either kill them or make them sicker. Birds need to see Avian Vets, and dogs and cats need to see dog and cat vets.

You do need to move on this quickly because infections never get better without a diagnosis and treatment. Birds also do not usually get car sick as they can fly and are, well, birds. Have the vet do a throat swab as this is the best way to check for bacteria causing infections. The anal swab is almost useless as there is ALWAYS bacteria in that. If she has not seen a vet in more than a year, she is due a good checkup anyway, and for your own peace of mind, go ahead and take her in to make sure she is not suffering from any physical problems.

There is a link here on this site to help in finding an Avian Vet, and be willing to drive a ways if that is the closest one to you. We live in Tennessee as well, and are lucky enough to have a decent Avian vet about an hour away. The one closer to us is okay to cut their nails and trim their beaks, but I would not have him do anything more with them.

Let us know what Avian Vet had to say and hopefully, it is a mild infection where she will come back quickly or maybe and hopefully no infection at all. You'll never know until you take her in, and infections get them down quickly, and it takes a very long time to bring them back up to happy birds again.

Linda

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