What's the best diet for a Quaker parrot with kidney and liver disease?

by Stephanie
(Mlbourne,Fl, USA)

Dear Doctor,I was just given an old Quaker parrot that has lived for 17 years with kidney and liver desease. The Pet Store found this bird 17 years ago in the dumpster. His beak was so overgrown it had to be ground for him to eat. His name is Dumpy.The store has been feeding him low fat Roudy Bush,Cheesets,and water. He is very thin, but a happy bald belly bird.Is there anything additional I can safely offer him that won't cause him a problem
Or, should I leave well enough alone?

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Jan 06, 2013
Quaker parrot with kidney and liver disease
by: The Avian Vet

I recommend that you take him in to be examined by an avain veterinarian. How do we know that he has kidney or liver disease? Has blood work been done in the last 6 months? If not, then that needs to be done immediately. Roudybush is a good diet, and low fat may the right diet, but it may not be the best for him. If he has liver disease o kidney disease, then maybe he needs to be on a Roudybush prescription diet. He should not be eating any dairy products. And because he is 17, is another very good reason to get a check up.

Dr B
Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird.

Nov 11, 2012
What's the best diet for a Quaker parrot with kidney and liver disease?
by: Linda

The Avian Vet has been unavailable for a while, so I'll tell you what he would say. You have to take your bird to be examined by an Avian Vet to see what kind of condition he is in now. Avian Vet will take some blood to see how kidneys and liver are functioning. Then they will tell you what kind of diet bird needs to be on. Forget the Cheezits because all they are is salt, fat and sugar with no valuable nutritional qualities.He may also have one or more infections which will impact his physical situation. Being dumped in the trash put him into contact with lots of bacteria which is all it takes for a bird to become infected.

Please have him examined by an avian vet only to see where he is as for the kidney and liver disease because he deserves to have his medical condition evaluated at least once a year and put on a proper diet to help him feel better.This is not an option unless you're going to have him euthanized. He has to be seen in person by an avian vet who can better tell you what he needs to be eating.

You can use this Find an Avian Vet link to help you find an avian vet.

Linda

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