Parrot Forum Header Left  
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Species Specific > Poicephalus

Poicephalus Senegals, Meyers, Red Bellied, Jardines, Capes, etc.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 10-22-2019, 06:35 AM
WideO's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Aug 2013
Thanks: 93
Thanked 125 Times in 54 Posts
WideO is on a distinguished road
He's getting leaner, should I worry?

Oscar was always a bit chubby before. The vet said he had tiny love handles heheh.


Lately, I can see he's getting leaner. He's 6 now. He is absolutely happy, sweet. Strong. Alert. When I let him out, he flies a lot more, and less panting afterwards too. He's always moving, doing something when he's not napping. He eats like an elephant. A strand of cooked spaghetti (I know I know...) is handled in 5 seconds - lets it glide through one paw, it's a miracle how he does it. His normal food is always half eaten (we give way too much) every day.



Shreds wooden toys like they are made of fine paper. So his behaviour is better/more active than ever. He seems like a truly happy bird, especially since I calmed down too (see other thread...). Our latest new game is nosy nosy, where we bump nose/beak through the bars several times. He's extremely careful when he does that, shy even. I thank him and he starts to regurgitate (so I have to back off and calm him down heheh).



Should I worry? Is it just he's getting healthier instead of there something being wrong? His feathers are perfect, he is not nervous, still looks like a monster when he puffs up. But he's leaner, and probably closer to the weight that is normal for male Senegals. (he was 40 grams overweight 3 years ago)



My wife doesn't notice much difference, but I do. Can they be happy/active/funny/talking and still be ill? Am I worrying about nothing? Or would it be a good idea to take him to the vet for a checkup (and get laughed out of the consultation room...)?


Thank the heavens I never got kids, I'd be in the ER all day heheh.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to WideO For This Useful Post:
Laurasea (10-22-2019)
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 10-22-2019, 08:40 AM
Jen5200's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Baby - Sun Conure; Tango - GCC; Bindi - Sun Conure; Stanley - Pineapple GCC; Screamer “Scree” - Cockatiel; Tee - Pineapple GCC; Jimmy - Cockatiel
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Washington State
Thanks: 4,197
Thanked 4,645 Times in 1,582 Posts
Jen5200 is on a distinguished road
Re: He's getting leaner, should I worry?

It sounds like he is flying more than he used to, which often makes them a bit leaner. It never hurts to get a checkup if something has changed for them - if nothing else, it sets your mind at ease. I’ve taken my birds in because something felt different....haven’t been laughed at yet
__________________
Jen
Baby (Sun conure adopted in 2016, hatched approx 2011, female)
Tango (GCC adopted in 2016, hatched approx 2014, female)
Bindi (Sun conure adopted Jan 2018, hatched approx 2011, female)
Screamer (Cockatiel adopted April 2018, hatched approx 2012, female)
Stanley (Pineapple GCC adopted Aug 2018, hatched approx 2014, male)
Tee (Pineapple GCC adopted Jul 2019, hatched approx 2015, female)
Jimmy (Cockatiel adopted Jan 2021, age 21?, male)
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Jen5200 For This Useful Post:
WideO (10-22-2019)
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 10-22-2019, 08:49 AM
Senior Member
Parrots:
2 Budgies "Southern Belle" a blue female "Beau Dandy" a green male
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: West Central Louisiana, originally from Portland Oregon, my current profession let's me travel.
Thanks: 59
Thanked 627 Times in 204 Posts
18WheelsOfSteel is on a distinguished road
Re: He's getting leaner, should I worry?

As a general rule, I like sleeping soundly at night whenever possible, things like worrying over pets have a bad habit of keeping me up nights, so I do whatever needs doing to ease those fears, vet visits are cheap insurance compared to tragic results, perhaps not always on the wallet, but certainly on the mind and conscience.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to 18WheelsOfSteel For This Useful Post:
WideO (10-22-2019)
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 10-22-2019, 09:00 AM
WideO's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Aug 2013
Thanks: 93
Thanked 125 Times in 54 Posts
WideO is on a distinguished road
Re: He's getting leaner, should I worry?

Yeah... I hear ya. It's that they are so good in hiding their weakness/illness. Sneaky little buggers!



I'll go to the vet. I'm lucky to live 1 mile from a vet who is specialized in birds, and gets visitors/patients from surrounding countries even as he has a stellar reputation.


He did laugh at me last time (OK, with me, it was hilarious) when I brought him in for coughing. Apparently... parrots don't cough. He was doing my wife's cough, for fun. I felt stupid, but you can't know everything, right!


Peace of mind is always worth more than a couple of thousand grand in the end...

On the phone now...
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 10-22-2019, 09:01 AM
Laurasea's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Neptune blue quaker (MIA), Ta-dah GCC female, Penny quaker female, Pikachu quaker not decided, Phoebe quaker female, 3 parakeets males, Burt The Burd GCC RIP
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: USA
Thanks: 26,377
Thanked 24,141 Times in 7,797 Posts
Laurasea is on a distinguished road
Re: He's getting leaner, should I worry?

You need a kitchen gram scale , Walmart, Amazon , 14-2o bucks. Then get a notebook keep with the scale and track weights. Will give you a lot of piece of mind. I put a sturdy dish with seeds on scale zero it, then plop a bird on. But you should know it's normal for weight to vary from day to day by a few grams. And you should weigh at the same time every day that you weigh. You aee a good parront, I have to talk myself down worries about birdies too
__________________
" A Smooth Sea,
Never Made A Skillfull Sailor "
Franklin B. Roosevelt
[
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Laurasea For This Useful Post:
WideO (10-22-2019)
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 10-22-2019, 09:12 AM
WideO's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Aug 2013
Thanks: 93
Thanked 125 Times in 54 Posts
WideO is on a distinguished road
Re: He's getting leaner, should I worry?

Yeah, have a scale like that, but he's... a smart bird and knows how to not get on it LOL. Will try again a few times.



I have an appointment in 2 hours (30 minutes was possible too, but too early for me). What a luxury eh! It's never bad to have them checked. As you may know we just lost our cat (old age, but still...), so I'm jumpy right now, this way I can put my mind at ease. I noticed my last visit was 11 months ago, so why not.


Lab was seen by the vet last Friday, doing great for 13.5 years, had some more injections to muscle up a bit, some more stuff, he's doing just fine. So quick trip and a few bucks and (hopefully) I'll be 100% up to date pet-wise.
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to WideO For This Useful Post:
charmedbyekkie (10-22-2019), Jen5200 Supporting Member (10-22-2019), Laurasea (10-22-2019)
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 10-22-2019, 11:10 AM
dhraiden's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Green Cheek Conure (Mochi) Gold Capped Conure (Mango)
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Queens NY
Thanks: 834
Thanked 828 Times in 374 Posts
dhraiden is on a distinguished road
Re: He's getting leaner, should I worry?

It's not a bad idea to occasionally record his weight, to keep track of as one indicator of health.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to dhraiden For This Useful Post:
Laurasea (10-22-2019), WideO (10-22-2019)
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 10-22-2019, 12:39 PM
WideO's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Aug 2013
Thanks: 93
Thanked 125 Times in 54 Posts
WideO is on a distinguished road
Re: He's getting leaner, should I worry?

Um... um... so... yeah... he's about 110% healthy. LOL


There is absolutely nothing wrong, everything is perfect. Maintains his nails and beak on his own, all good, perfect shape/size. Heart rate good. Been looked at and prodded inside & out, squealed like a pig when he had to take him in his towel. Fresh stool sample etc, all normal. No parasites or other critters anywhere. Eyes 100% clear. Feathers perfect and actually looking beautiful. Fought very hard, tried to rip the thingy they put in his beak to pieces, he does not give in...



But 3 minutes later in his cage he was "coughing" again, making his usual sounds, asking to be petted. Vets were pretty surprised how quickly he "came down". He didn't want to talk yet, but that would have been crazy anyway. But I talked to him the whole way up, drove very carefully, he was absolutely OK in the car - same on the trip home. Asked "ANY NEWS?"



Oh, and the kicker? He had gained 10 grams since last time (11 months ago). He's now at 180 grams (even though he looks lean, I don't get it but who's complaining!) which is quite a bit for a male Senegal. No fat though. Could be bone structure maturing, muscle...



They (vet + assistant) were impressed... I had brought one of my drum sticks. I play the drums, and the stick has always been an excellent tool to "handle" him. Asked him to step up in the cage, he stepped up in 1 sec. Wandered to the round "brush-type" thing (never seen that before) that is the scale, asked him to step off: stepped off. Waited until I asked to step up again... damn son, you did me proud heheheheh.



So yeah, I was over-sensitive. They understood completely with the cat gone, and reminded me Oscar is surely mourning too. The cat was part of his family after all, his flock.


I will sleep soundly tonight...
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to WideO For This Useful Post:
charmedbyekkie (10-22-2019), Jen5200 Supporting Member (10-22-2019), Laurasea (10-22-2019)
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 10-22-2019, 12:42 PM
charmedbyekkie's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Cairo the Ekkie!
Join Date: May 2018
Location: US/SG
Thanks: 1,830
Thanked 3,147 Times in 1,006 Posts
charmedbyekkie will become famous soon enough
Re: He's getting leaner, should I worry?

Woohoo!! Always good to hear good news from the vet, especially to reassure you that he's 110% on track! Kudos to you
__________________
Parront to Cairo (pronounced chai-row, or 菜肉)*!
*He grew up in a Malay-speaking family, so we have to respect his name and preferred pronunciation

@cairothedino on Instagram
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to charmedbyekkie For This Useful Post:
Laurasea (10-22-2019), WideO (10-22-2019)
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 10-22-2019, 03:28 PM
Jen5200's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Baby - Sun Conure; Tango - GCC; Bindi - Sun Conure; Stanley - Pineapple GCC; Screamer “Scree” - Cockatiel; Tee - Pineapple GCC; Jimmy - Cockatiel
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Washington State
Thanks: 4,197
Thanked 4,645 Times in 1,582 Posts
Jen5200 is on a distinguished road
Re: He's getting leaner, should I worry?

Worth every cent to know that he’s healthy and happy! Peace of mind is worth a lot of cents
__________________
Jen
Baby (Sun conure adopted in 2016, hatched approx 2011, female)
Tango (GCC adopted in 2016, hatched approx 2014, female)
Bindi (Sun conure adopted Jan 2018, hatched approx 2011, female)
Screamer (Cockatiel adopted April 2018, hatched approx 2012, female)
Stanley (Pineapple GCC adopted Aug 2018, hatched approx 2014, male)
Tee (Pineapple GCC adopted Jul 2019, hatched approx 2015, female)
Jimmy (Cockatiel adopted Jan 2021, age 21?, male)
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Jen5200 For This Useful Post:
Laurasea (10-22-2019), WideO (10-22-2019)
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Species Specific > Poicephalus

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How?! The worry. HannahandSunny General Parrot Information 10 05-08-2019 11:52 AM
a worry soletrader Eclectus 9 01-15-2016 03:23 AM
worry about my parrot. mohd General Health Care 4 12-25-2015 10:40 AM
Should I worry? Elsha Macaws 4 04-03-2015 08:43 PM
Is this anything to worry about? Daniel Quakers 4 01-13-2014 11:41 AM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.