Foot Chewing Sun Conure

by Lorrie
(South Amboy, NJ, USA)

Our 3yr old sun conure had a skin abrasion & was taken to our avian vet. Antibiotic & anti-inflammatory given. During the night, Petey chewed the nail off and part of the toe. I used vet wrap to cover his foot. Took him back to the vet the next day for a re-check. Petey's now chewing all the toes. All I can do is keep the foot heavily guarded with vet wrap. I don't know what more to do. Advise greatly appreciated. Lorrie

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Apr 11, 2010
Foot Chewing Sun Conure
by: Linda

Your bird may be having an allergic reaction to either the antibiotic or the anti-inflammatory. If still giving those, discontinue them and take this bird back to the vet for them to FIX IT. This sounds like an allergic reaction to me, and your bird will not be able to sit a perch with no toes, so this is a critical situation of which you ARE ALREADY AWARE.He needs to be fitted with a collar to keep him from reaching his feet, and THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE WHEN VET SAW HIM LAST, SO MAKE VERY SURE HE GETS A COLLAR ON THIS TIME AS YOUR BIRD IS IN VERY SERIOUS TROUBLE.

Call the vet immediately and tell them you think he is having allergic reaction to one or both meds, and they can give him something to counteract the reaction BEFORE HE IS TOELESS and HOPELESS.

Thanks for writing and let us know what happens here.


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