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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I have an African Grey parrot who has reduced his vocalising

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I have an African Grey parrot who has reduced his vocalising substantially today, he seems to still have an appetite and his poo is perhaps a little more watery than usual. He continues to preen but seems to be sleeping more than usual. Should I be worried ?.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Yes, there's certainly reason for concern because once an African Grey becomes symptomatic, they can already be quite ill and in need of the attention of an avian-oriented vet. Please see here: the parrotsocietyuk.org/veterinaryadvice/avian-vets/ This is a protective mechanism because sick birds are attacked by other birds in the wild. Charlie's symptoms of being quieter than usual, somnolent (sleepy), and diarrhea/more urine than usual (?/please clarify) are all important symptoms but they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder.An avian-oriented vet might first treat symptomatically and supportively by providing supplemental fluids and electrolytes by needle and tube feeding a "recovery" food. Blood tests and cultures of Charlie's choana - the slit between his oral cavity and nose - and cloaca (vent) may be taken. Whole body X-rays can be quite helpful as well.Until Charlie can be attended to, please heat up his environment to 29.4C by means of a 100W bulb shined into his partially covered cage (not at night when he needs to rest) or by taping a heating pad set on its lowest setting to the sides of his cage. If he appears weakened remove his perches and put his food and water on the bottom of the cage along with him. Add a water soluble avian vitamin such as Oasis brand to his water at half of the recommended dose so as not to make his water distasteful. Add a calcium supplement such as Calcivet or Calciboost to his water. These supplements are available in pet/feed stores. Avoid over the counter antibiotics designed to be placed in his water. They won't be effective if only because an ill bird won't drink enough to medicate itself properly.Nutritional imbalances are a common cause of illness in our pet birds. What has Charlie's diet consisted of, please? Seeds should compose less than 20% of his diet. Ideally, a balanced pelleted diet such as can be found here: www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com or here: www.lafeber.com/pet-birds should be fed as well as hard boiled egg yolk, pancakes and cornbread, the tops of fresh greens, dairy products such as yogurt and cheese, fresh fruits such as apples, pears, melon, kiwi, and berries, vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, beets, asparagus, cabbage, sweet potato, and squash, and even tiny pieces of meat.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thankyou for your advice, I will take him to the avian vets in the morning, hopefully they can sort him out.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
You're quite welcome. I'm pleased to hear that Charlie will be well-attended to shortly. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.