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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Companion Bird Health Question
Or...The Dragon goes off topic with important parrot health question for a moment

I've blogged about my darling 9-year-old sun conure Petri before. One day, he became lethargic and quiet. So I whisked him off to the vet because wild birds -- and companion parrots also do this -- become quiet when there's something wrong (makes it easier to hide from predators) and they mask all symptoms of sickness (makes it easier to hide from predators) until the sickness has taken a firm hold.

The vet has taken blood samples and the lab is slow in giving us results. In the meantime, the vet suspects either early kidney problems, which she says are treatable, or heavy metal toxicity, which she says is also treatable. As you can imagine, I've freaked out and researched these things like mad on the internet.

While we wait on definitive results from the lab, the vet has prescribed 0.2 CC Baytril (exotic) by mouth twice daily and a quarter pump of AllerG-3 Omega Fa liquid on his food once daily.

My question: Does the Baytril normally make parrots "woozy" or "dizzy"? Has anyone heard of them having allergic reactions? It seems to affect Petri for several minutes after he takes it. He's a fabulous little bird...a true joy. I want to be sure I'm not causing him harm.

Thank you to any and all bird afficionados who check in!
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."

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Blogger Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I don't know anything about birds but I do hope Petri gets well soon.

Jane Kennedy Sutton

8:12 PM  
Blogger Sandy Lender said...

Hi there, Jane!
Petri is doing MUCH better, thank you. He got used to the medicine and stopped being all wobbly when he took it (thank goodness!) and is acting like himself again. His bloodwork shows improvement...
I'm so relieved.
It's good to see him acting like he feels better!
Sandy L.
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."

6:46 PM  
Blogger Sandy Lender said...

An update on Petri:
It's been a while since this post so, if anyone reads it in the future, Petri is doing great. His second set of labs showed improvement. I removed the toys that had metal "strings" or supports in them and restrung them with special "bird safe" rope. Now Petri has only Sandy-approved toys. Also, I removed his water bottle, which he'd had since he was fledged, because it had a metal holder. Now he drinks out of a porcelain dish that he also tries to bathe out of. (Imagine the number of times a day that gets changed...but, you know...if that keeps him safe, that's what we'll do.) He's finished his medicine and the doctor doesn't need to see him again for two or three months. I doubt he'll have forgotten his experiences there in that short time so it won't be easy going back, but we'll make the best of it. He's a lovey little thing.

And that's the Petri update!
Sandy L.
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."

8:45 AM  

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