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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
Dr. Pamela Borderieux of Pebble Creek Animal & Bird Hospital and TampaBayVets.net explains what you can feed your parakeet for a balanced diet.
Q. My 5 year old Indian Ringneck parrot has orange discoloration on her nostrils, and is plucking herself excessively on her belly and her wings. She is also sneezing 3 times in a row about every half hour.
Thanks for your question. It sounds like your parakeet has 2 separate problems. One is the sneezing, the other is feather destructive behavior. The first step in diagnosing and correcting these problems is a thorough physical exam by an experienced … Continue reading
Thanks for your question. Ducklings feel pain just like dogs, cats, and people. Leg fractures are very painful. Immediate veterinary care is needed to manage pain and to set the fracture. This may be accomplished with splints or pins, depending … Continue reading
Q. My Quaker parrot has suddenly become very aggressive when I try to take him out of his cage. He gets agitated when I try to approach him now. He’s been like this ever since my brother watched him for a weekend for us. Why is he acting like this all of a sudden?
Thanks for your question. There are multiple reasons why your pet may become cage aggressive including seasonal territoriality, a negative experience while out of the cage, fear, or a medical problem such as pain. The first step in solving the … Continue reading
Thanks for contacting us with your question. I assume by parakeet you mean budgerigar, or budgie. The reason that I ask is that there is a whole family of parakeets (the genus Psittacula) that include Indian Ring-necked parakeets, Moustached parakeets, … Continue reading
Q. My Love Bird has stopped eating as much, been losing weight, throwing up, and has been kind of had a drooping head and body overall, also has a bald spot that looks irritated. Our love birds have their water changed 3 times a day, their food changed twice a day and clean cages as well as those anti mite things on their cages. We don’t know what to do as we fear one of our love birds is getting worse and worse, could you help?
Small birds, such as lovebirds, need to be examined by an experienced avian veterinarian at the first sign of disease. There are many illnesses that could cause the signs that you describe. Please call us to set up a convenient … Continue reading
Q. Is it possible to acquire a disease-free Silkie chicken. I don’t want to threaten the health of my 20 pet budgies, but I was considering a “lap chicken” as a pet. Are there any viruses inevitably endemic to domestic chickens that are a danger to my budgies? Are vaccinations available or recommended for chickens? The hen would be a house pet, and never exposed to wild birds, or mosquitoes.
Thanks for your question. Before acquiring a pet chicken, be sure you check with your local code enforcement to see whether you are allowed to have farm animals where you live. They are prohibited in many areas. Disease-free poultry are … Continue reading
Yes we have extensive experience in the treatment of ducks and other types of birds. Dr Peter Helmer is a Board-Certified Specialist in the care of birds and has worked on lots of waterfowl as well as chickens and other … Continue reading
Q: My 3 year old Quaker Parrot has been self mutilating. It started on his neck and legs. But now he has pulled all the feathers from under his wings. Now he has a raw spot under one wing. Should … Continue reading