Renal tumor in keet

by Brenda
(Huntsville, Al)

I took my 10 yo keet to avian vet yesterday, he feels like he might have a renal tumor as his claw is clamped and he doesnt like to use the leg. He gave him a stroid shot and we'll evaluate after that.

Sammy is a rehome, has been given clean bill of health, good lungs and heart, good gram stain, But I noticed he gasps for air and bobs tail if stressed, the vet thinks he might have some fibrosis.

My question-do you think the gasps and tailbobs are his way of exhibiting pain? Are the renal tumors very painful? And how long might I have with him if this is a tumor? He is eating well.


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Jan 21, 2012
Bird with possible renal tumor
by: The Avian Vet

The grasping and tail bob can be an indication of pain but may be indicating an internal mass that may or may not be renal. Renal tumors are painful. I cannot give you a prognosis without a diagnosis. If it is renal tumor, they live 3-6 months post diagnosis.

Dr B

Jan 09, 2012
Tumor on bird
by: Tracie

Dr B will eventually answer this, hopefully in the next couple of days.

Jan 08, 2012
Renal tumor in keet
by: Linda

The questions you have need to be addressed between you and your avian vet since they are in the loop and we are not.

Your little bird has a lot going against it, which does not mean he can't have a life. It does mean that he is going to need some concentrated time with the avian vet because the tumor may have to be removed. Make sure avian vet does enough tests to actually diagnosis Fibrosis because this is a dangerous situation. Do not allow the avian vet to "guess" what is wrong, and allow them to get to the bottom of problems. Xrays will not show the renal tumor, so some other test will need to be done to find out how large it is as well as see if there are other growths in his body. Since he is so small, this should not cost too awfully much, and see if you can pay some down and the rest out every month. Most vets are willing to do this for you, and if they do, do not miss even one payment. Once this is paid off, you will have established a valuable line of credit for the future.

Let us know how this is going and thank you for caring about your little bird as he is worth it, and your bond with him will be made strong regardless of how much time he may have. Do nothing until he has been properly evaluated and examined fully.


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