tumor or cyst on a parakeet's foot

by Pat Gentile
(Colorado Springs,CO.)

Dear Vet,
I have a parakeet who has a tumor on her left foot.We took her to the vet and she amputated half of her toe.A year later that cyst or tumor came back.We took her back to the vet and she amputated the rest of her toe.Less than 3 months the tumor came back and I do not want to take my parakeet back to the vet for fear she will amputate her leg and then the tumor will come back maybe located inside of her body and will become more serious than it is at the present moment.The vet said she thought it was cancer but when asked, she did not do a biopsy.I asked her over the phone if there was anything else she could do and she told me no that I am doing everything there is to do.So she,as my vet option ended.I have ordered suppliments from this site in hopes I can alleviate the swelling in her foot and boost her immune system.I have Harrisons pellet food which she has not transitioned over into eating and I grind this into a powder and have been sprinkling this and "Barleans Greens" on her food.I have been putting some spirulina in her spring water as well as a product called:"transfer factor" by the company,"4life".I have fractionally distilled aloe vera which I give her 1 tea. in 4 ounces of spring water daily,organic spinach leaves which she does eat,organic almond paste she likes and organic apple which she doesn't really eat.Are there other suppliments I should give her? She weighs 35 grams.Should I give her Avilac with 8 in 1 stress formula? I would hate to see an infection set into her bloodstream.I do know that a parakeet life span is 10 -13 years. If needed, I can try to send a picture?
Sincerely,Pat Gentile

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May 31, 2013
tumor or cyst on parakeets foot
by: Anonymous

Thank you Alex, all of your comments were truly appreciated.
Thanks to Stephanie for her help and patience with me.
Pat G.

May 31, 2013
Sorry for loss
by: Alex

I am sorry for your loss. It is sad that after all she has been through, she lost her fight.

We are always here to help and are always happy to do so.

Sorry again for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

May 30, 2013
Tumor or cyst on paraketts foot.
by: Pat G.

I want to thank everyone who had a comment for me regarding my parakeet. However in spite of everything I tried to do for my parakeet,she lost her fight on 4-12-2013 and my husband and I still miss her dearly.She was by far the sweetest little bird of all the birds that we had ever owned. The miss-diagnosed tumor was a hematoma and I do think it would have healed if the first vet did not cut her toe off twice! That year and three months were too traumatizing and I think it eventually wore her down and she quietly died the last time we put her to bed,I only wished I could have held her when she died.The only good outcome in this is,the avian vet I found here in my homwtown is now on you vet list. If you really love your little friends,make sure you take the best care possible so you won't have any regrets and you know you were a responsible pet owner.
Thanks,Pat G.

Apr 06, 2013
vet
by: Alex

I sent this to be added the vet to the list on the website.

Apr 06, 2013
tumor or cyst on a parakeet's foot.
by: Pat G.

Alex,
WOW! Thank you so much for the edifying complement!!! I found out a hematoma means,damage to a blood vessel which the "avian vet" says is caused by injury and I recall that I may have slightly pinched her toe in the closing of her cage door,however I think her toe would have healed if I had not taken her to the common DVM and trusted her because she Said,without a aspiration of the blood from the swelling,that she had cancer and amputated her toe.As this blood vessel became more and more damaged by two amputations,I do think it would have initially healed.I hope my lesson helps to convey the importance and the seriousness in taking your beloved birdie,only to an avian vet.This DVM I took my bird to was kind and gentle which led me to trust that she knew what to in regards to "bird care" which was a mistake on my part.I had no idea she could cause further damage.Now I can only pray these suppliments and antibiotics will heal her condition so my husband and I get a chance to love her a little longer.I am posting the avian vet's complete address in case someone in my area needs a good avian vet.
Dr.Marty Kuhn,DVM
16755 Roller Coaster Road
Colorado Springs,CO.80921
719-488-3018
She is on the Members List @ AAV.org
Pat G.

Apr 06, 2013
tumour or cyst
by: Alex

Hi Pat,
I am s glad you didn't give up, you are a super star owner.

I am glad she has been diagnosed and I hope she recovers son, and good for you making sure your bird eats everything organic.

I have never been so proud of an owner n here as I am of you, and you should be proud of yourself too.

Absolutely keep us informed.

Most times we give advice and never hear back, so have no idea how things are going.

Apr 05, 2013
tumor or cyst on parakeet's foot
by: Pat G.

I have good news so far.I did not find an avian vet on this site in my area.Without giving up I googled and found the Association of Avian Verterinarians.org and googled on this site and discovered an Active Members List.I checked this list and found an Avian Vet on the north end of the city I live in,Colorado Springs,who was not listed as an avian vet in the Yellow Pages,just in case someone else may need to know how to find one in your area.Her name is Marty Kuhn,DVM.My bird was diagnosed with a benign hematoma which is infected and she was placed on antibiotics.She did tell me between the prior suppliments and foods I was giving her,I did a good job.In spite of the foot tumor,she looks healthy.I would not recommend giving foods and the like to a bird unless they are 100% organic.However my new HealX suppliments I ordered from this site,I am confident are going to aid in her recovery.She is to be on antibiotics for three weeks and I will keep everyone posted if something should happen before then.Thanks to all who commented.
Pat G.

Apr 04, 2013
tumor or cyst on parakeet's foot
by: Anonymous

Hi Alex,
It took a while but I may have found one on the "association of avian veterinarians.org".She is on the accredited members list.
After I call and make an appointment,I'll give her name and address to be added to the list that I googled from this site and she was not on the list.
Thanks,Pat

Apr 04, 2013
avian vet
by: Alex

Hi Pat,
Yes I would call the vet you found in the yellow pages and ask if they are an avian vet. Don't ask if they see birds, make sure you actually ask if they are an avian vet.

Apr 04, 2013
Tumor or Cyst on a Parakeets Foot
by: Anonymous

Hi Alex,
The original vet I took my bird to was a dog,cat avian vet.The spirulina is organic food grade for people.I am 100% organic household and do not give my bird non organic food nor give her anything that I would not eat.I searched this site and there were no certified avian vets on this list in the town I reside.Although I may have found one last night in my local yellow pages and he is a DVM,Diplomate,ACVS,whatever that means,I have not googled yet.Should I call and ask first before I take my bird to him?Thank you for your imput.
Pat

Apr 04, 2013
supplements
by: Alex

I forgot to mention the reason not to use supplements in my post below.

Supplements sold by pet stores and pet supply companies are usually bad for your pet and have and do kill a number of pets by owners who trusted the pet store or supply company.

They are there for profit and not for the welfare.

NEVER use any supplements or medicines not approved and prescribed by an avian vet.

Apr 04, 2013
tumour or cyst
by: Alex

STOP with all the supplements. NEVER provide supplements not prescribed by an avian vet.

Some of the ointments and supplements on here will help your bird as they are avian vet approved for most uses.

Wait to see what the vet suggests before continuing with any supplements not approved on this site.

I would also suggest taking your bird to another avian vet (I am not sure whether the previous was an avian vet or cat and dog vet)

Avian vets are the only vets licensed and experienced enough to take care of birds.

Please wit to hear from Dr B here or speak to another avian vet before buying and using supplements.

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