Black Headed Caique Loosing Balance

Michael Reynolds

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Sorry to hear this vwbug my wishes are with the rest of your flock hoping they are not the carrier or have the virus , I cannot add anything to the information Roz has posted. And in fact I have learnt that this mat be why Eclectus may show signed by the way they use the feet, thought to have been owing to bad diet, hoping a vaccine will be found soon and this virus can be put in to the history books, if none of your other birds have the virus then you should get the shop to check that the breeder is informed as there is a greater chance it was passed on by the parent birds. My thoughts are with you and thank you for the update
 

vwbug2010

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Yes I am really gutted, he was ill at Christmas with a respiratory infection we got that sorted and now this. It’s very upsetting to see him shivering and loosing balance, not sure what I can do to control the inflammation, the vet said Celebrex won’t help. I feel so sad as he is only 4 years old but all I can do is make him comfortable
 

vwbug2010

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Thanks everyone for the support and advice, I think all I can do is try and look after him. Anyone got any idea on how to control the inflammation?
 

vwbug2010

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I just don’t understand how he got this as some of you; said perhaps from parents or other birds in our flock
 

Roz

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I'm surprised that your vet said Celebrex won't help as it is an anti-inflammatory. Look up natural anti-inflammatories. You may want to google anti-inflammatories for arthritis.

Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory. I am using that for Chico (my elderly Amazon with arthritis). Omega 3 oils are anti-inflammatory (freshly ground flaxseed or oil, walnuts and chia seed) - Chico gets ground flaxseed on his breakfast every morning - I grind it in a small coffee grinder. Antioxidants are anti-inflammatory - fresh fruit and veggies. Vit A (in the form of beta-carotene) is good for the immune system - carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, peppers, broccoli, kale, orange melon, papaya, mango, sharon fruit (brightly coloured fruit and veggies). You could try CBD oil for pain. Chico has 1 drop of 4% (the lowest I can find) organic CBD oil.
 

Roz

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He most likely got it through one of his parents. If you read my notes, it is most commonly transmitted vertically - through the egg or testes to the developing egg. It would be unlikely that he got it from one of your other birds as it is rarely transmitted laterally - which is day to day ordinary contact (not sexual).
 

vwbug2010

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Thanks yes read through your notes it would be some comfort if the rest are ok. I’ll try some of those foods I think a lot of recent research has been done which shows Celebrex does not really do much according to the vet.
 

Jasper grey

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Hi sorry for your devastating news. I don’t understand why they don’t think Celebrex would not help. My parrot African grey has been on Meloxicam ie Metacam for 5 years and is doing really well. I think the anti - inflammatory drug is worth looking into along with diet.
 

vwbug2010

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We have been told some research has just been done that shows that Celebrex offers no benefits however I might looking into Meloxican….
 

sunnyring

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I would ask for a trial of the drug, say a week and see for yourself if helps or not. some things that are marked as ineffective are ineffective over a large number but odd patient responds well so worth a go.
 

Wendy Cooper-Wolfe

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We had a chicken that was wobbly on her legs - looked as if she were drunk! - the vet couldnt find any explanation but we had Metacam for her and she seemed to be more comfortable. She lived for a coupel of years being dosed with Metacam everyday.
 

Jasper grey

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Jasper grey has one dose 0.2 ml in morning. He drinks it from a spoon with a little juice. As others have said already it’s worth a try. But don’t forget to ask the dose as my lad is big 550 grams so the amount would need adjusting. Hope this helps.
 

vwbug2010

Regular Member
Thanks all i am going to come up with a plan. Its just taken a while to get my head around the diagnosis.
 

vwbug2010

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I was just wondering what your thoughts are ok getting the others tested for the borna virus? We have six other birds, some people say dont get then tested. I appreciate there is no test for PDD but you can test if a bird is borna virus positive and could be a carrier. Its 180 pounds per bird to get them tested i see you can send off blood feathers to a local laboratory but not sure i fancy wrestling with my rescue cockatoo!
 

sunnyring

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I was just wondering what your thoughts are ok getting the others tested for the borna virus? We have six other birds, some people say dont get then tested. I appreciate there is no test for PDD but you can test if a bird is borna virus positive and could be a carrier. Its 180 pounds per bird to get them tested i see you can send off blood feathers to a local laboratory but not sure i fancy wrestling with my rescue cockatoo!
would it alter how they are kept or medicated? if the answer is no then I can see no point in testing at present.
 
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