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Q. I need to take my blue front amazon to Panama. Do you do the Cites paper work/ health certificate?
Yes. Please check with the Panamanian authorities regarding required documentation.
Q. My budgie got attacked by another budgie and was bit on her wing and at the joint of her foot and got a lot of feathers taken out around the neck and face. She was not bleeding but It looks pretty bad and I am wondering if I could put neosporin on the wound?
Neosporin is not the best treatment for your pet. If there are deep bite wounds, systemic antibiotics (ie those given by mouth or by injection) are best. Since birds have such thin skin, bite wounds can easily damage underlying tissues … Continue reading
Q. My parakeet has been dumping his water out every day, today he’s all fluffed up, sleeping more, sitting on perch with his head tilted. Can’t afford to bring him to a vet, but I’ll buy a medication to help him.
Unfortunately I am unable to diagnose the reason for your pet’s illness without a physical exam. Although veterinary care can be costly, many clinics,including ours, can help make care more affordable using CareCredit or other types of payment plans. Please … Continue reading
Our condolences on losing a pet. We provide full diagnostic services including necropsy evaluations. The examination should be performed within the first 24 hours after death. Please contact us for further details.
Q. I have a cockatiel for 10 years, very healthy and for some reason he started picking his feathers. Why is this happening?
Feather plucking, or feather destructive behavior, is a very common and frustrating condition in our pet birds. There are many causes ranging from malnutrition to liver disease, internal and external parasites, separation anxiety to inappropriate pair bonding between birds and … Continue reading
Q. We recently started noticing that our cockatiel is itching quite a lot. He has had an “8in1 Bird protector” hanging on the cage that supposedly keeps the bugs away, and it should be changed every 3 months. Is it possible that it now needs to be changed, and that he may have mites? If so, how do we get rid of them? Also, how often should we bathe the bird?
Thanks for your question. Although mite protectors are fairly common, they are really a waste of money. Mites are quite rare as a cause of itching in cockatiels. The “mite protectors” expose your pet to a low level of pesticide … Continue reading
Q. My Quaker just bit 2 of my budgies, I put neosporin on the wound. Will they be okay? How can I stop this in the future?
The birds that were bitten require examination by an experienced avian veterinarian as soon as possible. Topical antibiotic ointment is insufficient to treat bacterial infection often associated with penetrating bite wounds. Also, bite wounds are painful and your birds likely … Continue reading
Q. My budgie is sitting on the bottom of cage. Jumps back up on the perch when I come close to cage. She is eating but look sleepy. Looks puffy. What can be wrong with her?
The symptoms you mention are pretty vague; however, any change in behavior in our pet birds warrants checking out. Birds hide their illnesses well, so it is important to take note of any abnormalities, no matter how minor they seem.
Q. We have two cats and are thinking of getting a Quaker Parrot. I read that cats can transmit diseases to birds. Our cats are completely house cats, never go outside. Do we need to worry?
Thanks for your question. There are very few diseases that will be transmitted from cats to birds other than bacteria transmitted through bite wounds. Cats are predators and should never be trusted alone with birds, even those they seem friendly … Continue reading
Q. Our 2 year old parakeet suddenly can’t stand on its feet anymore. He eats and drinks normally, but can’t walk. We are in Columbia and the local vets have no idea what can be wrong with him. Any ideas?
I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s pet. It is indeed difficult to offer advice without being able to examine the patient; however I wonder about the possibility of a spinal injury (perhaps traumatic) that has caused the leg weakness. … Continue reading