foot fracture, bruise

by Ed
(Hartford, CT, USA)

I accidently stepped on my parrot while shaving and didn't know he was there. He made a loud screech. Nothing seemed to be broken except for my heart. 3 days later I have seen that on one of bottom of his feet were bright red. Should I be concerned. He seems to walk okay, still climbs shower curtain. Will the redness on his foot disappear eventualyy or should I bring him to the vet.

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Jul 24, 2011
Parrotlet
by: Anonymous

I just rolled over my 2 year old parrotlet's toe with my chair. There is blood everywhere and the poor thing is huddled in a corner with her head burried in her back. The bleeding did stop and she has been able to climb into her cage with booth feet.
The first thing I did after the injury was hold hold her and try to comfort her. The next thing I did was google and I found the this post and the responses to it. I am glad Linda made her point so clear. I love my bird but I was not thinking about the consequences of not getting treatment right away. I figured it would be fine to let it heal on its own. I see how stupid that is now.

I work at home and spend all day with my Parrotlet which I have had since she was a baby. She eats and even takes naps with me and I love her like my own child. I feel terrible. There is a vet open today near my home and I will be taking her there. For the future I am thinking of covering the wheels of my chair with something to allow me to still move but without the risk of injuring her again. There are so many things that can go wrong when a pet this small is so tame and always within a few inches of her owner.

Jun 06, 2010
Stepped on parrot
by: The Avian Vet

He needs to be seen by an avian veterinarian. The red spot may be related to the accident, but it could also be bumblefoot, caused by bad perches and a poor diet.

Dr B

Jun 05, 2010
foot fracture, bruise
by: Linda

Okay, pardon me while I attempt to get myself under enough control to write this letter.

Should you be concerned, you ask? Why, yes, you should be more than concerned. You just stepped on and crushed your bird's foot, and he needs emergency treatment by an Avian Vet.

The "red stuff" you see is blood from multiple bone fractures probably of the compound variety. What is a compound fracture? It means that when you stepped on this little bird, all your weight went down on his foot crushing bones and causing soft tissue damage which is causing the wound to bleed.

PLEASE GET YOUR BIRD TO THE NEAREST EMERGENCY FACILITY THAT HAS AN AVIAN VET. IF YOU DON'T HAVE ONE, THEN CALL UP AN AVIAN VET AND REQUEST THAT THEY MEET YOU AT THEIR OFFICES FOR AN EMERGENCY VISIT. Your bird may very well lose his foot over this, which also means his leg will also have to be amputated.

As I said at the beginning, I can barely type this as I'm madder than I can remember being in a while. You are responsible for this bird's medical needs, and you are also responsible for his safety. What in the world was he doing walking on the nasty floor in the first place?

All that aside, please get medical help for your bird immediately because I can promise you he is in a world of agony from the pain right now and all the time since you crushed his foot.

If you do not move quickly here, you may as well take him in and have him humanely euthanized and just get it over with. This is more serious than you have any idea of, and being an adult, I just cannot understand why you think he will just magically be all right. What if a huge elephant stepped on your foot, would you not be in pain and in need of an emergency room?

Good luck,
Linda
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