greyish sac(cyst) hanging from rear of parrot (large)

by mike astle
(wanniassa act australia)

had bird for more than 20 developed sac about 10 years ago.asked vet if he knew anything about them.just shook his head.doesn't worry bird(sulphur crested cockatoo)at all.has large cage and appears very happy,but have always wondered what it may be,and if any way to reduce size of sac(cyst).

mike astle

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Oct 21, 2010
Get second opinion
by: The Avian Vet

You should go for a second opinion. Could be more than just a cyst, e.g.. Hernia. I cannot diagnose it without an exam. It may be treatable either by draining it or surgically removing it. I know there are avian specialists in Australia, you should look for one.

Dr B

Oct 20, 2010
greyish sac(cyst) hanging from rear of parrot (large)
by: Linda

Hi and thanks for writing. Did you take bird to an Avian Vet? If you took bird to a regular dog and cat vet, they are not licensed or trained in the care of birds and will usually do nothing.If they do something it may very well kill your bird.

This could be a cancerous tumor and regardless of whether it is cancer or not, it should be examined by an Avian Vet in your driving area. A draw of either fluid or tissue put under a microscope can tell what kind of growth it is and whether it has cancer cells in it or not.

To have just left it like this is a rather odd solution to your bird's problem. Your Too should be able to live up to 75-90 years old if kept in healthy condition. We recommend once a year visits to Avian Vet to make sure bird is healthy and organs are functioning properly.

Your bird needs some basic bloodwork done immediately to see what kind of condition organs are in and to have this growth examined. Sometimes they are fatty tissue tumors and that can be told with the fluid/tissue draw I mentioned above.Fatty tissue tumors come from bird eating too much fat in diet like from all seed diets, human foods and such. All birds need to be eating high quality organic pelleted diets with no people food additions because people food is too high in fat, salt and sugar all of which are poison for birds.Seeds are low quality food and will hasten a bird's death at an earlier age.

There is a link on this site for help in finding Avian Vet if you don't have one or know where one is. Sometimes they work in practices with dog and cat vets, so start there. If you did take your bird to Avian Vet, and he shook his head, then you need to find another one who actually cares enough about your bird to examine it. If you took bird to dog and cat vet, don't go back because Avian Vets spend more years in school and in training to learn how to diagnose and treat birds and other exotic animals.


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