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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My Quaker parrot has had a red swollen eye since the 8th January

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My Quaker parrot has had a red swollen eye since the 8th January this year. She is absolutely fine in herself and has no nasal discharge. Poops are normal weight is the same 89g in the morning 93g in the evening. She is fed pellets and chop daily I pick at least 3 orange veg 3 green vegs and a fruit to go in it. I also sprout seeds for her and feed beans and pulses as well as grains like quinoa and Buck wheat. She has been to the vets and been given baytril for a week. It shows slight improvement but then started getting more red again. I took her to another vet who gave her synulux for two weeks today marks the end of the first week and also treated in case it was mites. I think it's a little less red but I'm not seeing any improvement with the swelling. For example the area in front of the eye is swollen and the area in front of the ears red rather then the grey colour which she has on the other side. Do you have any ideas if what it could be? She is very happy in herself and there has been some improvement with the redness just not the swelling
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I also do not use any sprays around her and do not smoke I take her health extremely seriously. I also cleansed the area when she first had it in January with diluted apple cider vinegar (in January) but stopped in case it was that
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I spray down her cage with a steam cleaner and also use gap to disinfect the area
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Sorry that was supposed to say f10 to disinfect her cage
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Also she has nothing in her eye and isn't given seed other than pumpkin seeds for training
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Lastly to add I have taken all toys out of her cage except for paper shredders invade it some sort of weird allergy. The area is less red than the attached picture no but still very swollen compared to the other eye. This is the same point it got to with baytril last time then it just came back
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Heart lungs and air sacs sound fine (I have a stethoscope and check regularly) she has has a bath at least once a week (she hates baths) but I do bring her in the shower with me every other day
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Thank you for the thorough history you provided. The photo reveals a relatively normal eye albeit with feather loss periocularly. I can't appreciate the swelling you've spoken about but that's not unusual in many photos. I might conjecture that the sinus associated with that eye is infected but the lack of respiratory signs should belie that. Can you tell me, please, if her vets were avian specialists? Has referral to a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist been discussed with you? Please see here: and here:
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Both vets were avian and exotic experts
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Thank you. Please discuss X-rays and/or ultrasound of this area with the expert of your choice. A retrobulbar cellulitis/abscess should be an important consideration if only because you've seen a response to antibiotics. Culture of his choana - the slit between his oral and nasal cavity should be considered in an attempt to clarify if a bacterial infection is present and, if so, which antibiotic would be best. Please continue our conversation if you wish.