Straining to Pass Droppings, Not Sleeping at Night
Hello again, I had previous wrote in regards to my concerns with Aspergillosis and Papillomas. You had mentioned "empiracally treating" for Giardia and Clostridium even though the PCRS I had done for them had come back negative. What are the treatments for these? She makes a gassy sound everytime she produces her bubble filled droppings.. also she is straining HARD to get the droppings out, to the point where the lining of her cloaca is clearly visible and I am scared she is going to prolapse. There is no odor to the droppings whatsoever.
I know it's a she because she laid eggs last year. She has been on Harrison's for almost 2 months but previously ate mostly seeds. She is also stretching very excessively, we're talking over and over, I estimate at least 20-30 times a day, any clue as to what would cause her to do this? My vet said possibly intestinal discomfort. Also picking at her feathers all over her body, scratching her face and sneezing, very occasionally with clear discharge. Also sometimes she wheezes very slightly after flying.
Her cage is in the living room but she spends 90% of the day outside of the cage with me. At night I bring her cage into my bedroom because people are always up late and going in and out of the house. So far she has had blood work, fecal Gram stain, physical exams, PCRs for Giardia and Clostridia. I am planning on having x-rays, cloacal scope (my vet recommended using an otoscope with a tip, not sure if she has the equipment to perform an endoscopy) cloacal culture and cytology done tomorrow.
She has a huge cage but she doesn't play or move around in it, literally only using half the cage. She never gets exposed to sunlight or lamp, but I am planning on getting one asap, she is a Sun Conure, how long should she have the light on? I was considering the Zoo Med lamp. She does not drink from a bottle, she drinks bottled water which I change everyday, sometimes twice if it gets anything in it. People do smoke in the house, I always keep her away from it as no one is willing to go outside despite my constant requests.
I am very concerned about her.. she is also holding up her left foot quite a bit, sometimes keeps her left eye closed, occasionally she experiences tremors too. She hardly sleeps during the night, I always hear her moving around, scratching, stretching, etc. When she does sleep she hunches herself over, almost bent in half which is something else I am curious about.
Thanks for any help, advice, info you can provide.