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Old 07-09-2020, 08:38 AM
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Re: Goffy the Goffin has a beak/tongue problem

Seems like it is bothering him-- like his bite isn't hitting properly. He almost looks like he is trying to grind it down
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Re: Goffy the Goffin has a beak/tongue problem

Lovely video, Goffy looks healthy and happy! Definitely odd, his tongue almost looks a bit swollen, perhaps from a chronic irritation at the base. I can see the area of irritation. Strongly recommend a visit with certified avian vet to get a diagnosis - actions taken can be assessed by risk.
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well, we found an Avian ("Exotics") Vet who spoke knowledgeably and examined Goffy. The nett result is we are starting on the antibiotics route before any blood or X-rays. He really seems fine - eating and drinking well and playing up as usual. But there is plenty of fiddling with the tongue and biting down on the protrusions still.

Administering the antibiotics is no joke. He fought every inch of the way so today, knowing he was thirsty, we played lapping up water from a teaspoon, followed by drinking a couple of drops of medicine from a different teaspoon. No fuss. Not sure I got the dose right but no fighting involved.
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Re: Goffy the Goffin has a beak/tongue problem

Interesting protocol of administering meds before lab tests. Perhaps there is sufficient evidence of infection to proceed.

If Goffy begins to resist drinking the liquid, there are several options. Every one of my goffins except one loves cooked oatmeal (porridge?) served at room temperature. A great treat and conduit should oral meds become necessary. Other cereals such as cream of wheat/rice, etc may be considered. Spreading on a bit of dry toast or mixing with unsalted/non-sugared baby food also effective.

Good luck, hope you see positive results!
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Re: Goffy the Goffin has a beak/tongue problem

That's a good wheeze-he loves cereal especially soaked in milk like Weetabix which is a popular UK cereal.

To be honest I am dubious about the "infection" diagnosis. To me there is some tongue damage caused either by a sharp object initially or even his own beak biting down. The tongue pushing and persistent beak movement, involves biting down on the damaged tongue side, which I conclude (on very close inspection) is his attempt to remove scab tissue from his own tongue. This inevitably leads to soreness, and occasional bleeding-though not seen for a couple of days-much the same as a human would experience picking off a skin scab too soon, instead of letting it fall off naturally. In every other respect I have to say he is in great form.
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Re: Goffy the Goffin has a beak/tongue problem

As far as the meds go,my Amazon has to take a heart med daily. The first attempt (about 2 years ago) I held him on his back while I kept his feetsies occupied holding his perch stick and got to squirt it in him. He learned VERY FAST that it was not going to happen again! The next day he used one of his feet to kick at the syringe then bite the side of it So now every morning he gets a very small piece of toast with a dab of almond butter and he waits at his nummy bowl for it.
Hope Goffy makes a full recovery!


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Re: Goffy the Goffin has a beak/tongue problem

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That's a good wheeze-he loves cereal especially soaked in milk like Weetabix which is a popular UK cereal.

To be honest I am dubious about the "infection" diagnosis. To me there is some tongue damage caused either by a sharp object initially or even his own beak biting down. The tongue pushing and persistent beak movement, involves biting down on the damaged tongue side, which I conclude (on very close inspection) is his attempt to remove scab tissue from his own tongue. This inevitably leads to soreness, and occasional bleeding-though not seen for a couple of days-much the same as a human would experience picking off a skin scab too soon, instead of letting it fall off naturally. In every other respect I have to say he is in great form.
Soaking in Weetabix should do the trick! You have other options if he tires of cereal.

Does the vet have plans to look further into what does appear to be a mechanical interaction between tongue and beak?
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Re: Goffy the Goffin has a beak/tongue problem

The Exotics Vet covered a catalogue of possible conditions the problem could be linked to. Most require blood tests. X-rays, etc but we didn't look at ways of preventing him from chewing his tongue really. Today he is his usual cheerful, hungry, playful self but he has spent a while nibbling his tongue causing redness on both sides. In between time he fashioned himself a useful Cover Face Mask !! Picture attached...


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Re: Goffy the Goffin has a beak/tongue problem

Well that's cute! Thankfully he doesn't pluck and need a real face covering!
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Re: Goffy the Goffin has a beak/tongue problem

I'll probably look like that when teaching this year...lol/ *OH NO...*
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