Twitching & Feather Plucking Blue Front Amazon
My 30 year old, male, Blue-Front Amazon suddenly began twitching and plucking his feathers under his wings about a month ago. He stopped briefly, then began plucking and twitching in earnest again. He now has almost no feathers on his lower body. My vet has done, so far:
6/1 - Hormone injection (lupron) - results, no effect
-Metacam .2cc 2xday - helpful, I think for any pain from the feather plucking,
and now some regrowth
-Hydroxvzine .4cc 3xday for itching...this antihystimine had the opposite effect
and resulted in horrible twitching, and not calming...switched
medicines after 5 days to:
-Diazepam/Valium - 5cc 3xday - this has helped to calm him down...
6/9 - Complete Blood Exotic Chemistry - resulted in slightly elevated White Blood
Count (from feather picking? or stress?) and a very high CK
levels. Vet said blood work for kidneys and liver are fine,
but wanted to do a culture, looking for any type of bacterial or
gram negative infection.
6/19 -Culture & Antibiotics w/Sulpha SMZ-TMP - .14cc 2xday
6/25 - Culture results - all normal floura (gram positive, like ecoli in stools),
but nothing gram negative.
We have a complete blood panel, with oral and vent swabs scheduled for 7/3/12. My bird is still on Metacam, Valium and SMZ-TMP. His is still plucking his new feather growth, but not as severly. He is still twitching occasionally. This tells me the medications are only masking something. When on these meds, he's almost normal, eating, talking, chewing up woods, but the symptoms continue.
My vet's next step after this new blood work and swabs would be x-rays, etc.
I'm not sure what x-rays would uncover. I very hesitant to sedate the bird for x-rays. He has tolerated all the procedures and meds so far, but I don't want to add to his stress.
Any help or suggestions would be sincerely appreciated.