GCC one side is swollen

Surbhi

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Hi I am new to this forum, I am here to get some help, please help me to dave my GCC
I have a Green cheek, he is 2 years old. 2 month back he had some infection on one side of his face and he lost feathers we took him to Vet and with medication he got better but then after 15 days we started noticing he isn’t able to open his beak fully though he is eating fine from one side of his beak, he has a bulge in eye too looks like his eye is pooping out, I have been taking him to vets since then, they gave him antibiotics, anti inflammatory but no use, now vet has started saying this could be a tumour 😖😖. He is eating fine, active playful and seems completely normal but vet is telling me he might only has few months to live now which has broken my heart. I don’t want to believe that vet is right, I really wish it’s something not life threatening, moreover I have sensed that Vets hasn’t seen anything like this before but may be I am just saying this out of my love for my baby. He is my baby and I can’t loose him. Did anyone has experience something similar. Please help me.
 

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Hi. I am sorry to read of the health problem with your conure. PLease note that NONE of our members are vets. Make sure you are working with a Certified Avian Vet, and not a dog/cat vet who just sees birds. Birds are a whole different segment of vet care, very specialized.

Keep in mind too that parrots, which are prey animals, and hide illness very well (the sick bird gets eaten!). Once you see symptoms in a parrot, they are already very ill.
 

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Hi I am new to this forum, I am here to get some help, please help me to dave my GCC
I have a Green cheek, he is 2 years old. 2 month back he had some infection on one side of his face and he lost feathers we took him to Vet and with medication he got better but then after 15 days we started noticing he isn’t able to open his beak fully though he is eating fine from one side of his beak, he has a bulge in eye too looks like his eye is pooping out, I have been taking him to vets since then, they gave him antibiotics, anti inflammatory but no use, now vet has started saying this could be a tumour 😖😖. He is eating fine, active playful and seems completely normal but vet is telling me he might only has few months to live now which has broken my heart. I don’t want to believe that vet is right, I really wish it’s something not life threatening, moreover I have sensed that Vets hasn’t seen anything like this before but may be I am just saying this out of my love for my baby. He is my baby and I can’t loose him. Did anyone has experience something similar. Please help me.
@Surbhi I'm so sorry you and your baby are going through this! I would second @wrench13's recommendation to ensure your vet is a bird specialist though, in order to ensure the proper testing is done to reach diagnosis and so your bird gets the correct treatment. A swollen eye may be the result of a bacterial infection, either in the eye or even your bird's air sacs, as these can show as problems with the eye since they're all so closely interconnected. My princess parrot Peachie had problems with her eye too, turned out to be a bacterial infection. Some like psittacosis can be VERY persistent, which may explain why your bird's condition improved for a little while but then got worse again. My Peachie had to have an antibiotic injection once a week for six weeks to clear it up but it's gone now and thankfully she is fine and very happy. Just in case your vet is not avian certified, or you might just want to find a different vet to get a second opinion, I've popped a link here that might help you find one.....


I wish you all the very best with your baby, I know how stressful it is when they're sick and they can't tell us what's wrong!
 
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Surbhi

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Hi. I am sorry to read of the health problem with your conure. PLease note that NONE of our members are vets. Make sure you are working with a Certified Avian Vet, and not a dog/cat vet who just sees birds. Birds are a whole different segment of vet care, very specialized.

Keep in mind too that parrots, which are prey animals, and hide illness very well (the sick bird gets eaten!). Once you see symptoms in a parrot, they are already very ill.

Hi. I am sorry to read of the health problem with your conure. PLease note that NONE of our members are vets. Make sure you are working with a Certified Avian Vet, and not a dog/cat vet who just sees birds. Birds are a whole different segment of vet care, very specialized.

Keep in mind too that parrots, which are prey animals, and hide illness very well (the sick bird gets eaten!). Once you see symptoms in a parrot, they are already very ill.
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thank you for replying, I have taken him to few vets already but no use, they are not able to figure out what it is and only speculating a possible tumor or a scar tissue, so far my baby is active healthy, vocal playful and even eating, his weight is stable too. even he blinking his eye his vision is fine, what I felt that vets are also not sure. I started feeling this could be a side effect of some medicine or some nerve issue may be. so I am wondering what it could be. I agree bird can hide their sickness but my parrot had shown signs of sickness in past and we were able to took him to vet and he was fine after that. Every day is so scary for me and I am not able to rest.
 
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Surbhi

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@Surbhi I'm so sorry you and your baby are going through this! I would second @wrench13's recommendation to ensure your vet is a bird specialist though, in order to ensure the proper testing is done to reach diagnosis and so your bird gets the correct treatment. A swollen eye may be the result of a bacterial infection, either in the eye or even your bird's air sacs, as these can show as problems with the eye since they're all so closely interconnected. My princess parrot Peachie had problems with her eye too, turned out to be a bacterial infection. Some like psittacosis can be VERY persistent, which may explain why your bird's condition improved for a little while but then got worse again. My Peachie had to have an antibiotic injection once a week for six weeks to clear it up but it's gone now and thankfully she is fine and very happy. Just in case your vet is not avian certified, or you might just want to find a different vet to get a second opinion, I've popped a link here that might help you find one.....


I wish you all the very best with your baby, I know how stressful it is when they're sick and they can't tell us what's wrong!
I took him to three different vets and all have seen birds before. they gave him antibiotics and anti-inflammatory for 14 days twice in 2 months but nothing improved. he is still the same so vet stopped giving him any medication, Dr said he doesn't seems to have an infection but there is something which is stopping him from opening his jaw which is worrisome. I ask for CT scan but dr. said there is nothing they can do even after CT SCAN because he is too small to perform any surgery. when I was speaking to these vets I atleast got an idea that they have not seen this kind of issue before or they must have known what it could be. I have even asked them this could be a side effect from medicine or may be some nerve is affected but they are not sure either. I don't know what to do.
 

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