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Old 05-06-2014, 11:15 AM
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Rosie update - Chronic hormonal stress

Rosie's had this since I adopted her, and her avian vet(dr. Fern van sant) always recommended trying Lupron. So she had her first shot, but one shot for larger birds wears off fast so a second shot will be given 12-14 days after the first. This should last her 3 months. If it doesn't help as much as we would have liked, or the hormones come back we will be trying a longer lasting implant.

The interesting thing about Rosie is that she doesn't act hormonal like many birds do, but hormonal stress is serious and should not be taken lightly. Rosie has thick blood which places her at risks of heart attacks, her bones may have been weakened(osteoporosis) and even her organs may be under stress. Many birds act out aggressively when hormonal(I bet many here have first hand experience LOL). Rosie's main red flags are her bald spots under the wings, back, sides, legs, and a brood patch. Rosie is healthier than she's been in a long time, it's amazing how far she's come. I hope the last few issues we've been struggling with will be fixed once her hormones are turned off.

In good news Rosie's feathers are looking great, and her fatty tumor is nearly gone! Overall she is healthier the. She's been for a long time. Bad news is her bad leg still has some swelling, and I don't like giving her a lot of ibuprofen. Dr. Fern is going to figure out what the dosage for aspirin would be, at the moment there is only a aspirin dosage for budgies who get gout. Fern was the avian vet who made the dosages for ibuprofen in the avian vet community so I'm confident in her ability to safely do the same for aspirin.
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Re: Rosie update - Chronic hormonal stress

The aspirin might be good, since it could help thin her blood out. I guess that would make it a better alternative to ibuprofen, since it also can relieve pain.



Been needing a Rosie update! Glad to hear she's doing well, and continues to improve! Hopefully the shots or implant help her!
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Re: Rosie update - Chronic hormonal stress

Wow. I knew hormones were probably uncomfortable for the bird, but I never knew it could cause such potentially serious issues in some birds. Hope Rosie continues to improve!
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Re: Rosie update - Chronic hormonal stress

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The aspirin might be good, since it could help thin her blood out. I guess that would make it a better alternative to ibuprofen, since it also can relieve pain.



Been needing a Rosie update! Glad to hear she's doing well, and continues to improve! Hopefully the shots or implant help her!
It's possible it might not thin her blood, although I assume it would based on mammals. Parrots aren't mammals, and meds don't always affect them the same.
Haha, Rosie updates are good lol. I made her appointment for the next shot for next Wednesday.
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Wow. I knew hormones were probably uncomfortable for the bird, but I never knew it could cause such potentially serious issues in some birds. Hope Rosie continues to improve!
I also didn't know, but in a way it makes since. When I'm portioning quail and pigeon the testes and ovaries will either be itty bitty, or obnoxiously huge. They seem to grow ten times in size! Imagine that in a parrot! Also parrots in the wild have a slow growth rate, they only breed when conditions are good enough and devote themselves to their young. They aren't designed to be in constant breeding mode.

When trying to find some more info I found a synopsis written about a talk given by Rosie's vet haha, some interesting stuff. Want to find more articles though.
https://abirdsbestlife.wordpress.com...fern-van-sant/
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Re: Rosie update - Chronic hormonal stress

That's a good article. I like it!

Now you've got me curious what else she has out there to read!
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