Rudy chewing his foot

by Suzie
(Tarentum, PA)

Rudy my 12 year old Amazon cut his foot 5 days ago and refuses to let it heal. He is actually possessed with tearing it apart. I have nursed him all week to find him bleeding in the am.

I took him to an avian vet this am. They tried an e collar but Rudy went nuts.. Had to take it off.
THey gave him fluids because he was not drinking or EATING.
Gave him Baytril, pain meds and pain cream.
I came home and tried to use the collar again only to find Rudy was passing out from stress.

I had to force feed him to get food into him.
I do not know what to do. I need to find a way to stop him from chewing before he dies on me.
I love .. ADORE this bird. He means everything to me.
Please tell me what I can do.
I took him for two rides today to get his mind off his foot.
The visit was over 200 and nothing was achieved .. Please tell me what to do to save him. I love him.
Thanks

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Aug 22, 2009
amazon leg cut
by: greg

my amazon cut his back leg landing on a artificial plant that the wire was protruding from a leaf. it tore the whole back section of skin off and he was determined to chew at the foot. i done the same thing that you have done, but with little progress. i ended up going to the drug store and getting some bactine and a spray called new skin made for runners that get blisters on their feet. some say that you are not suppose to use these type of products on birds, but i was desperate and nothing else seemed to work. it covered the exposed skin enough to stop the bleeding and my bird disliked the taste of the products so much he eventually stopped chewing it. it still took a long time to heal over ,but he is now fine and i still have the bird. he has a severe scar but i am happy with the outcome.

Aug 22, 2009
Rudy
by: Linda

Rudy has developed an all-over infection from his injured foot, and will die unless he gets the correct treatment. Take him back to vet and request tests to find out what kind of infection this is and proper medications to treat it. Infections are sometimes a very specific type of bacteria and will need to be treated according to the type it is.

Your bird is in a very, very delicate condition. If you are handfeeding him, please use the baby parrot handfeeding formula and feed with a syringe to make sure bird gets food and not air. FIRST, INFECTION HAS TO BE INDENTIFIED AND TREATED PROPERLY. YOU MAY HAVE TO KEEP HANDFEEDING SO GET SOME ROUDYBUSH HANDFEEDING FORMULA, A SYRINGE WITH A TIP ON THE END AND APPROPRIATELY SIZED FOR YOUR BIRD. CONURES CAN USE 30-40 CC'S AT A TIME, WHILE AMAZON SIZED BIRDS NEED 60CC SYRINGES. DON'T OVERFEED BIRD, JUST FEED SEVERAL TIMES A DAY. SINCE FORMULA IS MADE USING WATER, HE WILL BE GETTING ENOUGH WATER FROM THE FORMULA. DON'T MIX IT TOO THIN, JUST THIN ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO BE DRAWN UP EASILY INTO SYRINGE. Allow him to swallow between each bite to keep from aspirating formula into his lungs.

IF YOU DO NOT THINK THE VET YOU WENT TO HAS DONE A PROPER JOB WITH YOUR BIRD, TAKE HIM TO AN ANOTHER AVIAN VET AS AN EMERGENCY AND GET HIM ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY.

Keep us posted and God Bless you and your precious bird.

Linda


Aug 21, 2009
Bird chewing foot emergency
by: Tracie

Dr B can not help your bird in time. You must either take your bird back to the original vet or find another avian vet.

Besides the fact that Dr. B can not help because he can not see your bird, he sometimes doesn't even get to answering questions for days due to his teaching schedule and his practice.

I am very sorry to hear what is happening. I wish I or someone could help your bird tonight. I feel bad for you and will pray for your situation. (Hoping that does not offend you.)

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