My bird has a lump over its eye and nose

by Gary
(Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.A)

Her eye also appears to be bulging a little. I have already taken her to the vet.If it is a tumor should I have them remove it or is that too risky. What are her chances of living through the surgery. This doesnt appear to bother her at all she eats, drinks, plays, and lives the normal life af a captive african grey. What do you think this lump might be?I have already taken her to the vet and they say it could be a tumor like growth or infection. they gave me antibiotics in case it is an infection but it doesnt seem to be working

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Nov 05, 2010
Bird with tumor
by: The Avian Vet

If it is an infection, antibiotics alone are not going to cure it. It may be worse because of a vitamin A deficiency, which depends on what you are feeding. If you are not feeding 80% pellets, like Harrison's, then vitamin A deficiency is contributing or causing the problem.

The prognosis also depends on the location of the mass. If it is behind the eye and it is a tumor, then the eye will need not be removed. If it is around the eye or in front of the eye, then the eye may not need to be removed. Birds survive surgery, but anesthesia can be risky. I recommend that you get a second opinion form an avian specialist veterinarian.

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Nov 03, 2010
Bird with lump on face
by: Tracie

Dr B will eventually answer this, but sometimes he takes a few days to answer due to his teaching schedule and avian clinic appo8intments.

If you are not taking your bird to an avian vet, then I suggest you take your bird to a specialist. Your vet should have biopsied the lump so that you would know exactly what is wrong and exactly how to treat the issue. As it is, your bird could be getting worse and suffering all the while.

If you do not have an avian vet, you can look at the list on our Find an Avian Vet page. There are links at the top you can follow if you don't find a vet in your area listed on that page.

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