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Association of Avian Veterinarians In My Experience Source: A.A.V. Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Dec., 1980), pp. 6-9 Published by: Association of Avian Veterinarians Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25630305 . Accessed: 12/06/2014 10:10 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp . JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact email@example.com. . Association of Avian Veterinarians is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to A.A.V. Newsletter. http://www.jstor.org This content downloaded from 126.96.36.199 on Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:10:21 AM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions IN MY EXPER IENCE? to the members who sent in items for this thanks sincere on we comments the first When issue. received Newsletter, positive was referred was the section is where we that this to, and this We have to start can help decided educate each other. numbering on so have comments of those if any the items, you printed, already to. so we1II to refer be easier last it will time, (We had 8 items No. start here with 9.) Our case have worked in ideas in your practice, Please send that reports, answer. someone or even questions like else would to you help PL 33^63* Lake Worth, Send to: A.A.V. Newsletter, 5770 Lake Worth Road, Make sure is adequate there ventilation IN MY EXPERIENCE 9 in these for before in incubator cages type hospital investing care ventilation units with and small birds mammals. style Aquarium in the top may allow carbon the expired holes dioxide, only from air to settle near the than air, the bottom where is heavier which or even carbon Results animal may be inadequate stays.; oxygenation dioxide toxicity. ? D.V.M. R. Spink, Ronald . . Any bird should IME 10 presented signs sieving neurological to determine since both if lead be radiographed has been ingested, can show a variety of neurological and chronic lead acute poisoning or blindness. seizures, disorientation, including signs ? 3. Robert Altman, D.V.M. . . I use a large to examine of sponge the IME 11 pair forceps amazons I from In most the .of oral cases, up. psittacines cavity can slip and hold and lower the oval beak into the upper openings are sterili in cold the mouth in place. The forceps kept generally zation. ? Barry T. Mitzner, D.V.M. . .For some time I have of a the-use recommended IME 12 Moto drill foot control with hand held Tool, (Dremel high-speed down the nails of a larger bird rather for grinding Model 380) be restrained else should The bird than cutting them. by someone as it. The so you can hold nail heat each you grind separately at the stone vessels the blood cauterizes produced by the honing can the nails the threat same time and you much shorter without get or even beaks also for trimming tool works well of bleeding. This are growing beaks that abnormally. shaping ? Greg J. Harrison, D.V.M. made concerns lrve An interesting observation that IME 13 that Ifve bones to parrots. noted chicken the feeding of cooked treat for many birds and they seem to enjoy is a tremendous this to keep the and consuming the marrow. It seems the bones cracking some must and nutritional, awhile have for birds undoubtedly occupied value. 3arry T. Mitzner, This content downloaded from 188.8.131.52 on Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:10:21 AM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions D.V.M. IME Ik . . CASE REPORT Hemochromatosis a in Greater Indian Hill Mynah on its with a skin lesion old mynah was presented An 8 year at the lesion. antibiotic bird flank. The Topical picked right and an elizabethan steroid collar (Panalog, preparations Liquachlor) did not help. The bird was found to be hypothyroid micro 0.9 (T^ in no clinical resulted oral levothyroxine grams per deciliter); a chronic revealed mononuclear inflamma A skin biopsy improvement. tory dermatitis. 2 weeks state after in a depressed bird presented biopsy and lack of vocalization. A mini-avian anorexia with partial a normal in LDH (greater showed hemogram and an elevation panel over weeks The bird was treated several with than 800 IU/dl). and and oral ampicillin parenteral gentamicin, spectinomycin, The bird's condition oral carbenicillin. improved transiently, after onset Four weeks of signs, elevated. but the LDH remained died. the bird The were found upon post-mortem examination. No gross lesions were recovered from the liver. and coliforms Pseudomonas sp. found diffuse of the liver vacuolation fatty Histopathology of dark brown iron pigment. and marked accumulation Myocardial The pathological of similar small contained fibers quantities pigment. was hemochromatosis. diagnosis in found no similar of the literature conditions A search J. Dr. Walder to (Los Angeles According Emily species. this is a recognized Services), Pathology County Comparative seen It is characterized relative in mynahs. by their syndrome been and had store iron. This bird handle to living inability content. with a known high iron water of Los Angeles in an area measures water include providing preventative drinking Suggested content. in iron lower avian of 28th western Disease In the Proceedings (Ed. Note: Poultry J. Lowenstine, D.V.M. Linda describes Conference, March, 1979* and a case associated with hepatic cirrhosis of hemochromatosis in a Greater Indian Hill She suggests also heart failure, Mynah. since commercial it may be due to dietary overload, mynah foods on the known nutrient based are usually formulated requirements or perhaps other such as choline for poultry; imbalances, dietary or copper deficiencies may contribute.) M. Alan Fudge, D.V.M. can be an invaluable to aid A refractometer IME 15 a serum of is medicine. in avian drop Only single prognosis tube from a regular and it can be obtained hematocrit needed WBC and the plasma the PCV, an estimated color after reading The literature the from one sample. all suggests following: Serum Level Prognosis & over No immediate ^.3 danger care & diagnosis Immediate 2.3 supportive 2.3 & less needed. Poor prognosis -- Ronald probably R. Spink, This content downloaded from 184.108.40.206 on Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:10:21 AM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions will die. D.V.M. I ME 16 Upper . . CASE Airway REPORT Obstruction in a Yellow-headed Amazon amazon was presented to the clinj^^ A young yellow-headed parrot disease. had of The bird beconSr progressively respiratory signs a loud, over and was now making sound 3-^ weeks wheezing dyspneic on expiration. to drop The bird's had begun off and the appetite were loose. becoming droppings ? were exam revealed no abnormalities nares The physical clear, ? the fair of the with oral normal, pre exception cavity weight is sound wheeze. mentioned This expiratory respiratory viously an of obstruction. upper airway suggestive for values Laboratory smear were within later which proved a definite They revealed 10 cm. from the glottis. blood done of packed cell total volume, normal limits. A tracheal and chest X-rays negative, of the proximal narrowing a was then given The bird at .01 mg/60 gm in preparation A ^ mm. Wolf trachea. endoscope exam. and protein, was culture were taken. about trachea of ketamine dose sedative (Keta-set) of the examination for endoscopic was used source and light for the and the tongue mouth was held The bird's open with a speculum was grasped As the endoscope and pulled with a hemostat. outward seen was almost com it was the trachea entered the trachea that a mass The of material. occluded with endoscope yellowish pletely was placed in the trachea was removed and a small forceps alligator and gently teased and free from the walls the mass was grasped was again to the trachea The endoscope into removed. introduced a was of exudate small amount for any bleeding. check Only yellow seen of the tra.chea. and posterior on the anterior surfaces of the material revealed removed Examination only^ctegenerative were seen and no causative cells No neoplastic debris. cellular or special were It was Speculated culture stains. found with agents the exudate found was from a previously that respiratory existing infection. an uneventful The bird experienced were audible the procedure after sounds on Tylan was placed for 7 days powder and no respiratory recovery was performed. The bird no further and exhibited problems -- Richard Nye, D.V.M. . . The purpose a wing of clipping is to unbalance IME 17 so the bird the feathers that cannot of lift amount provide a can The to still but stop. glide easily technique fly very of the bird it is the size but basically somewhat with varies a one On of feathers bodied done on the primary heavy wing only. are as or an three two African such bird, tip Gray, primaries not to the floor when he attempts he does crash left on, so that of the primaries All but has more of a controlled landing. flying, on lighter on one wing are usually birds such as clipped cockatielsy^ new feathers a molt, When zhe^m grow out one at a time. During new ire a wing trim, will feather the single after bird molts emerging as to it blood it back the (distal emerges clipped Keep unprotected. so it does not break off and bleed. of course) supply, the This content downloaded from 220.127.116.11 on Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:10:21 AM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions (cont ) to damage and cause bodied continues bird If a heavy bleeding are growing at the tip of his wing as the new feathers out, support a forcep, out ? or 5 of the stubs with the wing steadily and, pull so the new feathers will all the grow out at the same time. Tape a and restraint allow to the the with feathers body wing up bandage to grow in for the next 3-^ weeks. Greg IME 18 J. D.V.M. Harrison, . . A CAUSE OF FEATHER PICKING in pet birds, To understand of feather the phenomena picking are must realize affected that birds emotional animals psycho and mental stress. A simple by both physical comparison logically can be made to the person a nervous who might such as habit develop been habit has probably undesirable This brought fingernail biting. on by some situation the which initiated worry or fear. Similarly, at and pulling out his has become feathers bird chewing distraught a disease Self of this is definitely from fear. destruction type of captivity, not known in the wild. one in the wild Survival depends is so basic to continued existence to food gathering and ranks next to damage feathers their anything and feather constant care, upon of it order that in importance, never will do Birds reproduction. mind functions if their normally. of evolution, have solved million birds three years Through movement all from At them. their any sound, away problems by flying or strangeness, react and the bird's alarm .would immediately system so to was that send the bird successful birds This system flight. answers. or look never for other had to become remains Flight cunning as their that in captivity has escape solution, except compelling been prevented. some environments are not acceptable for a bird. Unfortunately, sources are the chief of fear Within the actions, the environment, can be the greatest of their and attitudes behavior captors. People or the worst of friend birds. enemy pet a bird, and anxiety build When fear confusion, turmoil, plagues to extent that the feather normal inside his him up grooming is variable, becomes The severity feather of the problem picking. nervous and the the of the bird, upon make-up personality depending factors. and other of environmental insult, degree a proper environment of providing in new homes The importance more and probably is educating be overemphasized, cannot important birds of a pet bird.. the owner to the sensitivity Further, initially as not everyone can are wild that must be tamed, and animals, just or innate not everyone to the talent tame a wild has horse, ability a wild are tame and train and bird. the key patience Understanding a it is easy to produce to pet bird Without these, ownership. can care for himself confused that no longer bird hostile, neurotic, or relate to the people around him. -- Ted J. Lafeber, D.V.M. are IME 19 Certain that considered plants poisonous do not cats and dogs (diffenbachia, philodendrum, poinsetta) else when Does birds. to produce anyone ingested by toxicity on that? any thoughts -- Greg J. Harrison, This content downloaded from 18.104.22.168 on Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:10:21 AM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions to seem have D.V.M.