- Aug 7, 2020
Paisley, pineapple green cheek born February 12, 2021, and
Daisy the most beautiful Pineapple green cheek, currently flying in paradise RIP February 2, 2020 – August 14, 2021
Hi everyone. Please excuse this long message but I am highly stressed and overwhelmed about what is happening to Daisy. Several months ago she was passing undigested food in her droppings. The doctor did the grams test and found bacterial overgrowth which was treated by antibiotics. I posted some months ago about this because they broke her wing in the process of doing an x-ray. After her wing healed (she is able to fly again by the way) and came back from the hospital, she was better with her digestive issues and her droppings looked very good. Then again two weeks later the same problem returned. I took her back to her doctor and they did more tests and gave her a second round of antibiotics, which made the problem better but not perfect. The doctor told me she used to come for regular x-rays of her intestines to make sure the walls haven't thickened. We did two tests for avian borna virus, and they both came back negative. Her energy was great and her vitality was back to normal, but then she started having lots of diarrhea again and passing droppings that did not look normal. Last week, I noticed she was more sleepy than usual. Then suddenly one afternoon, she began to look really sick and I immediately took her to the hospital. They did blood tests and found that her white blood cell count was high and her red blood cell count was low (she is weak and basically shows inflammation in her blood). The droppings showed not ENOUGH bacteria in the gut and the x-ray showed that indeed the intestinal walls have thickened and she has lots of gas stuck in the intestines. There was no yeast in the crop test, but she is also being treated with antifungal medication because the doctor believes there may be some fungus somewhere that we cannot see. Now she is on antibiotics again, and I'm not sure exactly why because there were no pathogens in the droppings and not enough bacteria usually means antibiotics are being taken too much of. She is on probiotics because the doctor believes she still needs to go on antibiotics. Also I spoke with the doctor and we have to do another test for Borna virus once she is stronger. I'm really scared and afraid she is continuously sleepy and lethargic. She is eating and hasn't dropped weight yet, but she is not herself. I'm writing this because I just need some support or anybody who has any knowledge of a sick bird dealing with digestive issues and malabsorption would be really helpful. So far I am only allowed to feed her a very strict diet which consists of cooked grains only and very little fruit if any and no vegetables. This is very very hard. I really hope we can make it and I hope if it is the deadly virus, that it is not going to affect her heart or brain. I have noticed that she is becoming a little bit bad at balancing, but it is hardly noticeable only I notice it because I am watching her like a hawk. I am so sad and worried thank you for reading and for your support. I love this forum so much please pray for my little baby to recover soon.