Parrotlet Gnaws at Foot, Loss of Circulation Due to Kidney Tumour
by Matthew Dallas
(Flagstaff, AZ, U.S.A.)
This bird is a rescue from an abandoned home. Due to an unbalanced diet, this bird ended up with a tumor on his kidney cutting off circulation to his leg. It is not a tumor on the liver because the chirp is not shrill or harsh. The tumor is said to reduce with a lean healthy diet, which I have begun with a mixture of dark greens, carrot, rice, and egg (shell included).
I am looking for tips on this before the leg dies. In the event of limb death, what is the chance of survival for this bird? He can still fly, and is active. There has not been a loss of plumage. He uses the leg to climb but favors the other leg when standing or sleeping. He takes three or four naps per day. I apologize, but I am unable to post a picture with this. I am hopeful for a reply, as there are no avian vets in our town and we live up in the mountains.
The standard vet cannot help, as the employees know only cats and dogs, one knows only the basics about birds, but not enough to diagnose this other than a loss of circulation. Unfortunately, there is a vet at the animal emergency hospital, but the cost is a few hundred dollars, which we are unable to access for two weeks for a paycheck). When you get the chance, please take a moment to respond to this with any advice you can think of. Thank you so much!