Vets are at a loss on what is wrong with Macaw
by Homer's Mommy
(Melissa, TX, USA)
We have a 9-month-old Severe Macaw named Homer. About six weeks ago, Homer tore a whole in his body at his keel bone. He should not have survived the ordeal but he did thanks to the quick thinking of our vet, she literally glued him back together as it was the only option, he was too weak for surgery.
It took a little time but Homer seemed to be getting better. However, about a week ago, he started making begging sounds and became lethargic. Test result from a CBC indicate anemia and slightly elevated white blood cells. Testing for heavy metals is negative.
X-rays this week show what appears to be a possible inflammation in the sac surrounding his heart and overall, the heart and intestines do not form the typical figure 8 pattern the vet is expecting to see. That said, no one knows what is wrong with Homer, what could be causing this. He is also losing weight.
At our vets urging, we are taking Homer for a second opinion with another avian vet in our area. Has anyone heart of anything like this occurring before after a near death injury?
The x-rays are so hard to read, is something like a MRI or CAT scan an option for our feathered baby?