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Old 01-29-2014, 12:25 AM
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Struggling with Rosie's tumor

Rosie has a fatty tumor that won't go away, and is even growing in size I've followed my vets advice(for multiple reasons) and removed grains from her diet. I also make her fly around the house daily. Several times a week I take her out in her harness with a friend so she can fly longer distances. She eats fresh veggies, frozen organic veggies, very little fruit, and no bread or grains. I only feed her healthy foods. I'm very worried about her liver, and have the vet do test to check it every visits which have all come back with good results so far.

I free feed Rosie her Harrison's all day, I'm going to try feeding her a smaller amount. I try to feed her a amount she is just finishing by bed time, it will be hard giving her less that she'll finish in the early evening.

I also weigh Rosie daily, she now weighs approximately 301 grams, too much for her. I believe this is a combination of the increasing fatty tumor and her growing muscle mass on the left side of her chest(she favors it greatly because of her bad leg and it's much smaller than the right side)

Just really sucks, I try so hard to feed her right, make sure she gets her exercise, and keep her healthy but that stupid tumor slowly grows and is so fatty looking. If that tumor at least shrinks I'll feel better about the safety of her liver.

Hopefully it will start to improve soon, seeing it continue to very slowly grow is dreadful.
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:36 AM
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Re: Struggling with Rosie's tumor

Aww, poor Rosie! I assume the tumor can't be removed but it must be awful to watch it
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Re: Struggling with Rosie's tumor

(((Ashley))) You are so good to her. She's such a happy, lucky girl. I'm so sorry this is happening.
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Re: Struggling with Rosie's tumor

I'm sorry to hear that!!!! Hopefully she'll improve for you soon!!!
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Re: Struggling with Rosie's tumor

Thank you so much for the kind words! I really appreciate it!
I'm going to give her less free fed pellets and the same amount of fresh food and see how it goes. Hopefully in a few weeks/month it will shrink. If not I'm going to contact her avian vet for more advice and what we can do.

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Fatty rumors can be removed, but usually that is a last resort when the tumor is so large that it is affecting the way they live their daily life. Although Rosie's is fairly large(I'll try to get a pick tomorrow) it's not hindering her day to day life at all and she doesn't show any reaction to it.
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:37 AM
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Re: Struggling with Rosie's tumor

Here's what Dommie's tumours looked like about six months ago.

They're about half that size now, but were twice as big when he first came. He weighed 500gms, but is now down to just over 400gms. Dom has as many pellets as he wants and a modest (half a cup) serving of mixed veggies every day. No seeds unless I slip him a sunflower seed when the Beaks are training. No fruit, unless it's a single nip out of something I'm eating.

Please keep us informed of Rosie's progress! Dommie and I send our very best wishes for her success!
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:49 AM
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Re: Struggling with Rosie's tumor

Sorry I had to add the pic separately. It kept getting turned into text characters and PF was telling me my message was too long.

Our vet refuses to remove Dom's tumours because he reckons it would be too much strain on an older bird (25 - 30 years) and the outcome couldn't be guaranteed.
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Re: Struggling with Rosie's tumor

Thanks for the info ladies, this is all still new to me . What causes these tumors?
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:52 AM
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Re: Struggling with Rosie's tumor

Dommie's were caused by neglect. He was fed exclusively on sunflower seed for nearly ten years. Thankfully, the vet says his liver is fine, but we must shrink the tumours down to give him the best chance of health. He's a work in progress!
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