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Swollen neck, Lovebird, Pesta, 1 year old, Pesta, The bird

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Swollen neck
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What sort of animal are we talking about?
Customer: Lovebird
JA: What is the lovebird's name and age?
Customer: Pesta, 1 year old
JA: What is the lovebird's name?
Customer: Pesta
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Pesta?
Customer: The bird received a cut on its neck a while ago which he recovered from, recently the same spot has been swelling up a lot
JA: Is Pesta bleeding a lot?
Customer: He is not bleeding


You're through to Dr. Edele, a UK based vet.

When did Pesta receive the previous injury?

Had the injury fully healed before this swelling?

When did the new swelling start?

Is Pesta eating/drinking/pooping/behaving normally?

Have you any photos that you could attach for me to look at?

Customer: replied 2 day ago.
Pesta received this previous injury last summer, he did fully heal from from the injury before the swelling started. We noticed the swelling weeks ago, Pesta is behaving completely normal eating well and is active
Customer: replied 2 day ago.
I will attach some pictures right now

Thank you.

Is Pesta uncomfortable with the swelling?

Does the swelling change through the day/on different days?

Customer: replied 2 day ago.
Not quite sure if he is uncomfortable, regarding the swelling we just noticed today that it has increased in size, its like a lump on its neck now
Customer: replied 2 day ago.
How do i attach a picture?
Customer: replied 2 day ago.
Customer: replied 2 day ago.
Thats the picture of his neck when he first received the injury
Customer: replied 2 day ago.
Customer: replied 2 day ago.
Hard to see right now but thats a picture of now

Thank you, ***** ***** gently feel the lump, is it hard or soft? Attached to the skin or does the skin move over it?

Customer: replied 2 day ago.
I'd say its hard, it comes from under the skin

Is it separate from her crop?

Customer: replied 2 day ago.
Could you define crop for me please?
Customer: replied 2 day ago.
Its under the feathers
Customer: replied 2 day ago.
Feathers are going over it so its hard to tell at times

The crop is a little pouch that holds food after your bird eats and it's just above the body, when it's full it can bulge a little. I've attached a picture for you.

Customer: replied 2 day ago.
I believe its seperate from its crop

Ok, thank you. There are a few things this could be and may or may not be related to the previous injury. As Pesta seems happy and is behaving/eating normally etc you could monitor it for now; however, there is a concern that given the location of the lump it could start to affect eating and possibly breathing so I would book Pesta in with your vet for an appointment (there may be a waiting period with covid-19) to assess the lump and Pesta fully.

Customer: replied 2 day ago.
I see, could you please tell me what you suspect it to be?

This may be that he recently traumatized the scar and it's swelled a little, it could be an infection or an abscess formed (don't always make the bird sick). It could be a growth of some type but without examining, I couldn't be sure.

Customer: replied 2 day ago.
I also believe its an infection, should I seperate him in a different cage since he is sharing the cage with 3 other birds

Is there any discharge from his nose or eyes?

Customer: replied 2 day ago.
No discharge

Perfect, if there have been no new introductions it's unlikely to be contagious but if it wouldn't stress him too much then separating him would be the best idea for them all. If he stresses badly though, it may be better to leave him with his friends

Customer: replied 2 day ago.
I see, I will keep an close eye on Pesta. If its an infection would it go away by itself?

No, if it's an infection, he needs antibiotics and should be seen by your vet as soon as convenient.

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Customer: replied 2 day ago.
I see, thank you for your assistance!

You're welcome. :)