Galah has fungus on foot and is listless and not perky

by Amy

I have a galah that is just under a year old. It was a bird rescue galah after being hit by a car. She used to eat sunflower seeds as treats and crack them open without a problem. Now she can't crack them open and even the seed itself i have to break into 3 little pieces for her to eat them.

She has a fungus on her foot. She is not putting on weight. She is not a lively bird like she used to be, but will often just sit there or go to sleep. Her droppings appear normal. She is very tame and affectionate still. A few weeks ago I gave her old budgie seeds ...... I have done lots of googling and wondering if she has ingested mycotoxins and that is why she is sick.

I have given her a broad spectrum antibiotic in her water and also put antibacterial cream on her foot but she doesn't seem to be getting better. Are you able to give me any ideas before I take her to the vet? I don't want to take her to the vet for me to tell me that she needs blood tests!!!

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Dec 01, 2011
Galah with fungus
by: Tracie

Dr B has answered questions like this many times before, so I will tell you what you don't want to hear, sorry. (Dr B is not available right now to answer this personally and your bird can't wait a few weeks for him to answer personally.)

Dr B is very much against giving broad spectrum antibiotics to treat what you don't know is wrong. It sometimes makes the birds worse, makes their body resist the actual treatment they need when the owner finally takes them to the avian vet to be treated. The actual problem often just gets worse and worse while the owners are giving them things that cause other problems along with the problem the already have.

So, yes, please take your bird for blood tests so that you can treat what is actually wrong and not be cause even more health problems in the process.

By the way, did you know that antibiotics can CAUSE fungal infections?

Antibiotics get rid of germs that make birds sick, but they can also kill many of the harmless bacteria in their bodies. These harmless bacteria normally fight with the fungus for a place to live, but when antibiotics kill them, the fungus is free to grow.

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