Our trip to the Vet…

It was interesting that Zabby & Magee had lived in the same home for a number of years, yet were so different in health and appearance. The vet examined both birds. Zabby was beautiful, in good feather with a scissor beak as her only issue. Magee on the other hand had some problems. Dr. W suggested a ‘feather-picking panel’ be completed for Magee. The cost for this test is about $250- 300, including the exam, at our Vet’s office. This is a very thorough test that will either identify or eliminate serious health issues. Fecal samples, swabbing of the throat and blood samples are sent off to be tested. Thankfully, Magee tested negative for Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD), but there were other issues. Dr. W. identified a Vitamin A deficiency as a major problem for Magee. This was due to his dry skin, especially obvious under his wings. So before we left that day both birds had a Vitamin A shot, with a recommendation for Magee to have another in about a month to six weeks. Dr. W. strongly suspected an infection, so we left with an antibiotic and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, to help relieve some of the itching. Zabby had a beak trim and she looked beautiful! Her scissor beak was almost unrecognizable. She would and does have to have this trim, by Dr. W every 6-8 weeks for the rest of her life.

Zabby post trim

Pre- beak trim

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