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    12-02-2009, 09:41 AM
Green Broke
All people who know about birds!

Ok so yesterday. I checked on my love bird and his left foot was all swollen and warm. And it looked a little yellow and crusty. The vet was closed yesterday so we couldn't call them. (we don't ahve a bird vet but he cuts nails and wings and said he would look at him anyway) but they are charging us more than a regular visit. So first I wanna see if any of you guys know what it is or know if we can give him liquid antibiotics ourselves before we waste all this money to get him checked out by a non bird vet. It doesn't impair his flying. And he walks fine. He can grip with it just not really tightly so if he is on your shoulder and you walk to fast he can't hold on as good. And he is as vocal as ever. The yellowness of it and how it's warmer than the other foot just make me think infection but here are some pictures I took of it
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    12-02-2009, 10:29 AM
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I'm really not a bird expert, I've just read a lot of books, but that looks like it might be bumblefoot (which is something you need a vet to fix, I'm pretty sure) to me... What kind of perches does he have in his cage?
    12-02-2009, 10:45 AM
Green Broke
He has a big thick wood perch. A couple of little plastic ones with ridges and a couple of metal ladders. And he has some plastic/wood type perch that he loves
    12-02-2009, 10:49 AM
I think you should get rid of the plastic and metel ones, Birds need different types of perches, so that they avoid get artitic in there feet. With different shapes.
He would need natural wood perches, dowels, rope perches, calcium perches and a pedi perch. Etc

Also PLEASE FIND YOURSELF AN AVIAN VET. NORMAL VETS CAT AND DOG VETS don't REALLY NO HOW TO PROPERLY CHECK AND DIAGNOSE SOMETHING IN A PARROT, I wouldnt even want him touching my parrots nails and wings lol. ( no offence)
But you NEED to find an avian certified vet.
    12-02-2009, 10:58 AM
Green Broke
We are looking but I that's why I wanted help with him till then. And we cut our own wings and nails so we don't even take him up there for that because I know exactly what you mean
    12-02-2009, 11:39 AM
I can find out what I can, but you should really phone some vets and find some qualified avian vets asap... his foot look really puffy..
    12-02-2009, 01:31 PM
I am by no means experienced with birds but this picture looks like he has a hole in the top of his foot. Could he have gotten punctured a while ago, not noticed and gotten an infection from it?
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    12-02-2009, 01:42 PM
Green Broke
It's a possibility we do have 2 cats and he does torture them through the cage. Maybe they got a paw in and got him? I looked and so far the closest avian vet is about an hour or so away. So I contacted the breeder we got him from and she said to see if our local vet carried bayatrial or soemthing along those lines?? Would that possibly work?
    12-02-2009, 01:45 PM
It is usual not to find a good avian vet that is at least an hour or so away, and in my opinion it is worth the trip.
I would really try to keep your cat away from them.... your lovie can die from an infection, and from shock.
Also saliva is toxic to parrots.
    12-02-2009, 01:55 PM
It might, but it's important to get him examined first. It would be best if his cage was out of the reach of your cats, as felines carry a bacteria on their claws and teeth that can be deadly to birds.

I have to tell they are prey animals birds will stubbornly hide injury and illness until it gets quite critical. My parrot managed to hide the fact that a microfibre was wrapped so tightly around his leg it was cutting down to the even though your lovebird is not favouring this foot, that doesn't mean it's not really bothering him.

I suggest trying to get to the avian vet, despite the distance. Honestly, it could be a matter of life or death...or at the very least, loss of limb. But if that won't work out, then go to your normal vet, or perhaps see if there is someone closeby who specialises in exotics. It's better than nothing.

I also agree that you should get rid of the little ridged perches you are using and look into getting some rope perches, more natural wood perches, and at least one "pediperch". Parrots can develop foot problems if they don't have enough variety in their perches.

Good luck and let us know how it goes...
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