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Old 09-18-2015, 06:27 PM
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Strep in birds?

I have had strep throat for a week and tonight I noticed my maroon bellied conure hasn't been eating. apart from some apple, since I got home. There was some strange poop in bathtub (he hangs out in bathroom most of time I am out) and now all he does is drink a lot and it looks like he is holding it before swallowing. I have never seen him drink this much.
Could he have caught something from me?
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Old 09-18-2015, 06:50 PM
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Re: Strep in birds?

Get thee to an avian certified vet ASAP!

We can't answer that, but in the time it takes to figure it out on your own, your bird could go from easily curable to critically ill.
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:51 PM
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Re: Strep in birds?

What he said!

I wonder though, if he's just stress because you're unwell? Could impact his eating/bowel movements.

Regardless, better safe than sorry.
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Old 09-19-2015, 01:24 AM
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Re: Strep in birds?

I agree with previous posters, better safe than sorry - visit the avian vet asap.
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Re: Strep in birds?

Please have a look at this link, and PLEASE get your conure to a vet ASAP.
Human to Bird Illnesses | Ask The Vet | Real Cockatoo Facts!

Good luck, and keep us posted.
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:31 AM
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Re: Strep in birds?

Quote: Originally Posted by JerseyWendy View Post
Please have a look at this link, and PLEASE get your conure to a vet ASAP.
Human to Bird Illnesses | Ask The Vet | Real Cockatoo Facts!

Good luck, and keep us posted.
Wow! Also do a search on this site for 'strep' many hits and a lot of good information! But agreed, vet first!
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Old 09-19-2015, 07:40 AM
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Re: Strep in birds?

Wow thank you for all your help guys! I tried a Facebook group first and they all laid into me for giving him seed and causing this!!
He is doing much better this morning eating non stop since he got up and his usual animated self. Poop is still a bit watery though
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Old 09-19-2015, 07:45 AM
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Re: Strep in birds?

That is a very interesting link Jersey Wendy I will definitely be more aware when I am sick from now on!
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Re: Strep in birds?

@JerseyWendy Thanks for that link! I found that information quite helpful.

I always say prevention is the best medicine. I make sure my hands are clean BEFORE I feed or play with Skittles. He likes to give me 'kisses' but when I kiss him my lips only touch the front of his top beak. He likes to rub the side of his beak against my fingernails, so having clean hands is very important. For that reason, I clean under my nails regularly. LOL.
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