Swollen cheek on Cockatoo
My Umbrella Cockatoo has a swelling on the left side of her face just behind her beak. One of the vets at our regular practice, not an Avian expert, (our Avian Vet was out that day and was since murdered two days ago) explored the area under sedation (the bird was sedated, not the vet) and aspirated a fair amount of pus from the area with a syringe but found no foreign material.
We started her on the proper doseages of Bactrin and MetaCam and also 2 drops of Gent in her left nare BID. We did this for a week and altho all of the nare meds just ran down her beak (she has very tiny nares) we continued all of it and she seemed to get better. The swelling went down to a barely noticeable bump and she started being her normal crazy loveable self.
A couple of days after stopping the meds (2 days ago) she started looking lethargic again and having difficulty eating so I started her back on the Metacam. She seemed to perk up a little but today the swelling is back and she can't eat, so I started the ABs again, but not the Gent to the nare. Any ideas what this might be before I start looking for a new Avian Vet (hard to find here).
Thanks so much