31 03, 2020

Macaw With a Bell Stuck On His Tongue

2020-04-01T10:40:04-07:00March 31st, 2020|Avian|

This guy literally bit off more than he could chew. His owner brought him in before he could do any long-term damage to his tongue. If you have ever watched a bird like this you will know that is uses its sensitive tongue for many things. A Macaw with a damaged tongue will not be able to eat. This is an emergency due to the important role that tongue has in all species, especially a bird like this. Our veterinarians are available 7 days per week to take care of avian and exotic pets like this, so please do not

30 03, 2020

Bird X-Rays

2020-04-01T11:03:23-07:00March 30th, 2020|Avian|

It is not easy to take a radiograph on a bird that is ill and stressed. It is a team effort, and our staff excels at it.  As you can see from the Eurasian Eagle Owl above our veterinarians provide routine and emergency care for a wide variety of avian, exotic, and domestic animals. In many cases our vets take an x-ray on pet that is an emergency, and it can be a life-saving diagnostic tool. This budgie is in respiratory distress, and needs a radiograph to determine what the problem is. He is first placed in 100% oxygen in

30 03, 2020

Scaley Face Mites

2020-04-01T14:31:21-07:00March 30th, 2020|Avian|

Birds are occasionally infected with a mite called Knemidicoptes (if you want to make an effort at pronouncing this word the K is silent). We usually encounter this problem in parakeets (Budgies) at our hospital. This parasite causes extensive crusting and hair loss on the face and vent.  Fortunately, it is readily treatable. Birds with cases as severe as this are miserable He cannot even walk as evidenced by his overgrown nails Cause Scaley face disease is caused by a mite called Knemidicoptes that is spread from bird to bird by contact. Some birds acquire this parasite while young and

30 03, 2020

Parrot Fever (Psittacosis)

2020-04-01T14:12:25-07:00March 30th, 2020|Avian|

Parrot fever has many names, including Chlamydiosis, Psittacosis and Ornithosis. It is called Psittacosis when it occurs in people and psittacine (parrot type) birds, and Ornithosis when it occurs in passerine (pigeons, doves, etc.) birds. Psittacosis is difficult to diagnose, and is a mysterious disease that does not "follow the rules" of typical avian diseases. Psittacosis has a worldwide distribution and can occur sporadically or in epidemic fashion at any time of the year. For many years the states that bordered with Mexico had the disease more than other states. Fortunately, due to client education, less sales of birds at

29 03, 2020

Proventricular Dilatation Syndrome (PDS)

2020-04-01T14:27:17-07:00March 29th, 2020|Avian|

Proventricular Dilatation Syndrome (PDS) , also known as Macaw Wasting Disease or Macaw Fading Syndrome (it was first seen in macaws), and Neuropathic Wasting Disease is a devastating disease of mostly young psittacines. This playful Macaw with a bell stuck on its tongue shows how interesting these birds are. Thankfully, we do not see many Macaws with PDS at LBAH anymore. Click here if you want to see how we removed the bell from this tongue.  It occurs in over 50 species of parrots. Common species are African Grey parrots, Amazons Macaws, and Cockatoos. It is suspected to also occur