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Old 02-06-2018, 04:31 AM
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Hi everyone.

Im just looking for a second opinions on my indian ringnecks problems. Recently we took Leo to the vet as he was pulling his feathers out and we thought it was mites. The vet told us it wasnt mites and that he has strained kidneys and that his gland was blocked from a build up for fat from his diet. He unblocked the fat and gave us medication for his. He gave us metacam which caused him to severely bleed in his poos. We took him back and he said that we have to do all these other tests to see what caused the bleeding at this point i was suspicious of the dosage of the metacam we had been giving him which was 0.08mls twice daily. Another vet told us it shouldve only been 0.4mls. After we stopped the metacam he was fine again!

My vet has told us that Leo has strained kidneys from his current diet which seems likely as he mainly eats parrot mix and only picks out the sunflower seeds. Ive bought pallets now but he isn't having a bar of it! I also give him lots of green veges etc. Any suggestions on how to get him to move on from seeds to pallets. My delema is that my vet told me it has to be a slow and subtle change to his new diet but I'm concerned that if he keeps eating sunflower seeds then his gland on his back will block up again caused from the fats in the seeds.

Also at the moment he is still plucking his feathers out violently

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Re: Help! My Indian ringneck has bald spots

He sounds distressed poor thing. Is your vet a certified avian specialist? If not, I'd find one, it sounds like he might have to have quite a bit of input before he gets over this. IRNs aren't usually pluckers without good reason such as illness.

Bad diet is terrible, our OWA suffered from the same thing, we just didn't know parrot mix was so bad. She got ill and died within a week. She'd been on a seed diet for about 10 years and only a slightly better one for about 2 years with us.

You need to chase up the test results with your vet.

Usually I'm all for a fast change to pellets, but if your vet has advised a slow change for health reasons I'd follow their advice. Typically you reduce the amount of seed and replace with pellets. Some people offer seed for a few minutes and then leave pellets in all day. You might have to make the pellets more appealing by adding a sweet fruit juice or serving them warmed at least to begin with.

Good luck with it!
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Re: Help! My Indian ringneck has bald spots

Skip the pellets and just go straight for veggies and sprouts. The change doesnít need to be any more gradual than the bird makes it.

Get Lilly of the desert aloe detox and add that to the water

And for heaven sake GET HIM TESTED FOR PBFD!!!


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Re: Help! My Indian ringneck has bald spots

Hi guys. Thanks for your replies. I will take him to the vet today to get leo PBFD tested. Ill try mixing pallets with some juice and ill add heaps of veges and sprouts. I woke up this morning and noticed hes been pulling the feathers out around him bum now so even more concerning

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Re: Help! My Indian ringneck has bald spots

Hi guys.

Ive found a highly recommended avian vet and im taking him on Monday morning for an appointment. Leo has been slightly improving after giving him vitamin A supplements and lots of veges and sprouts. Ill keep you updated on what the vet says

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