my b & g started sneezing and his nose has a little blood,

by Mary
(Port Richey, Florida)

I just bought an 8 month old b & g macaw. He has been with us for about 7 hours. He just started grinding his beak and sneezing. We just looked at him and there is alittle blood coming one nostril. What do I do.

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Aug 16, 2010
my b & g started sneezing and his nose has a little blood,
by: Linda

Yes, as Tracie says, please get your bird to an Avian Vet immediately as an emergency if they have a backlog of appointments. Make sure to keep copies of all paperwork including diagnosis, testings and treatments because whoever sold you a sick bird needs to be held responsible for it.

Blood coming from the nose is serious as it can mean something very serious is going on either in the brain or the lungs. Please do not delay taking this poor baby into the Avian Vet.

Let us know what the Avian Vet has to say. Have them do tests for bacterial and viral infections plus some bloodwork to see what shape the kidneys, liver, thyroid and parathyroid are in. They'll also do a simple CBC to determine if there is infection present in the blood. If the Avian Vet suspects something like a tumor, they will have to do or send you to someone to do a soft tissue scan of his head. I'm SO sorry this is happening with your baby, and he is in pain and suffering, so let him know he is loved and supported.Make sure he is eating and drinking, and if he stops eating, make sure you have learned how to handfeed him baby parrot handfeeding formula with a syringe. Have the Avian Vet show you how to correctly do this. It is important that he keep eating and taking in fluids or a serious problem will become deadly. You may wish to notify the store or breeder you got him from that he has to be taken to the Avian Vet as an emergency, and that you will provide all the paperwork so they can pay for it. They may say, "bring him back", and be careful about that one as sometimes the bird is left to die because of any money involved. Hopefully, you bought him from good people, just be careful as he is a treasure not to be lost because of selfishness or lack of concern.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

Aug 16, 2010
Macaw sneezing blood
by: Tracie

You MUST get your bird to an avian vet ASAP. Dr B can not help over the Internet. Make sure you go to an avian vet, not a dog/cat vet, because regular vets regularly kill birds accidentally.

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