Arthritis in birds - Talk Parrots Forums

Talk Parrots General General parrot discussion, questions, help and information.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-21-2012, 08:52 AM Thread Starter


 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 562
Thanks: 5
Thanked 72 Times in 59 Posts
Rep Power: 14
           
Arthritis in birds

Not sure where to post this however I have been offered a Cockatoo with suspected Arthiritis, it sounds to be an older bird at least 13+.

Has anyone here had a bird with arthiritis and what is the management of it? I suspect it can not be treated, is it expensive to manage? Will be looking into it all myself aswell, not sure if I can take this bird on anyway due to house arrangements at the moment but I really want to help the poor guy
CaptainHowdy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-21-2012, 08:57 AM
 
hipeopleoftheworld's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 2,434
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 24
                 
I don't know for sure, but maybe taking him into the bathroom with the shower running to get steam. Maybe that might help??? I'm sure someone will know for sure.


Kona-Green Quaker
Fred (so far)-Blue Quaker
I'll miss you, Scully-African Grey
Ruby-Chocolate Labrador
Mylee-Black Toy Poodle
16 fish in a freshwater 38 gallon aquarium
hipeopleoftheworld is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-21-2012, 12:35 PM
 
Wingz4Thingz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: England
Age: 22
Posts: 358
Thanks: 0
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
have a look at this link, it could help you http://www.tailfeathersnetwork.com/b.../arthritis.php
although it's mainly about budgies it still provides some information that you could use for your cockatoo should you decide to bring him into your home. I couldn't find a lot of information about arthritic birds so sorry.
Wingz4Thingz is offline  
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-21-2012, 12:50 PM



 
catalinadee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 17,637
Thanks: 1,593
Thanked 2,007 Times in 1,575 Posts
Rep Power: 99
                     
From what I've heard you're just meant to let them take life easily, make things less difficult for them to get around. I would invest in some flat perches, so he could take the weight off his legs which obviously puts less pressure on him. I'd give them a lean to perch as well, or some different huts he could easily get in and out of. Just clicked on the link too, I agree about making the birds landing softer if he was to fall off his perch. Get a bunch of old towels you could use daily, like the whole one to wash and one to wear sort of thing and I also read that about removing the bottom grate. That makes even more sense!

- Alexandrine parakeets Holly, George, Koda & - Crimson rosella Kasumi Orange winged Amazon parrot Paulie
catalinadee is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-21-2012, 04:12 PM Thread Starter


 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 562
Thanks: 5
Thanked 72 Times in 59 Posts
Rep Power: 14
           
It's pretty much what I thought then, pain meds for pain management and then changing their environment to help them out.

Still waiting on more news to find exactly how bad the condition is with the Cockatoo, takes so long getting info as it's coming through a friend of a friend lol.
CaptainHowdy is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-22-2012, 03:32 PM


 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Auckland NZ
Posts: 464
Thanks: 129
Thanked 287 Times in 179 Posts
Rep Power: 15
             
We think Henry has arthritis in his wing joints. He has had three times where at first I thought he had crashed down the gym and strained a wing. He looked so sad walking around holding a wing up. So off to the vets he went.
The last time it was decided he could well have it in his wings, so it was discussed how to?
Flax oil ( not very good as it goes off very quickly after you open the bottle.
Flax seeds added to the normal seed mix. Good.
I wanted to know he was getting meds so that was why I used the syringe.
Omega3 boost! I used pure salmon oil from salmon I process and gave him 3 drops a day for a couple of days. He did not like this much, but what the heck!
Then another forum member said I could try this! Cinnamon & Honey, so modified it a bit so that I could still use the 1cc syringe (with the needle broken off) to give to him direct. This I did for a week. This was much more excepted. And I still keep a few Flax around. they do not seem to want to sprout, just turn into a gooey mess. So just add them to seed mix
http://greenandhealthy.info/arthritishumans.html

Henry bounced back and again seems to be a picture of health.


A tribute to my lost ones. RIP.
clawnz is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-22-2012, 03:38 PM Thread Starter


 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 562
Thanks: 5
Thanked 72 Times in 59 Posts
Rep Power: 14
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by clawnz View Post
We think Henry has arthritis in his wing joints. He has had three times where at first I thought he had crashed down the gym and strained a wing. He looked so sad walking around holding a wing up. So off to the vets he went.
The last time it was decided he could well have it in his wings, so it was discussed how to?
Flax oil ( not very good as it goes off very quickly after you open the bottle.
Flax seeds added to the normal seed mix. Good.
I wanted to know he was getting meds so that was why I used the syringe.
Omega3 boost! I used pure salmon oil from salmon I process and gave him 3 drops a day for a couple of days. He did not like this much, but what the heck!
Then another forum member said I could try this! Cinnamon & Honey, so modified it a bit so that I could still use the 1cc syringe (with the needle broken off) to give to him direct. This I did for a week. This was much more excepted. And I still keep a few Flax around. they do not seem to want to sprout, just turn into a gooey mess. So just add them to seed mix
http://greenandhealthy.info/arthritishumans.html

Henry bounced back and again seems to be a picture of health.
I have been looking at natural management for it and a lot of places mention Apple Cider Vinegar, I use this for my birds anyway but never though of it for arthritis.
Will look into your suggestions.
From the sounds of it this bird has a bad case as he can not perch correctly without falling off his perches and he has not been treated at all for it
CaptainHowdy is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-22-2012, 08:20 PM


 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Auckland NZ
Posts: 464
Thanks: 129
Thanked 287 Times in 179 Posts
Rep Power: 15
             
Anything that may help.
The treatment of cinnamon and honey is listed as holistic, that's what swung me.
And they say the tests they run on humans had stunning results.
One thing for sure this will not cause any problems, and does not come with any use by date

I can only hope you find something that works for the poor might. it horrible seeing them suffer!

Most vets do not recommend the long term use of Metacam which is the better of the pain killers. In fact some vets lean towards not using it due to some problems in cats and dogs


A tribute to my lost ones. RIP.
clawnz is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-23-2012, 01:17 AM


 
katew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: south coast UK
Posts: 2,789
Thanks: 68
Thanked 107 Times in 93 Posts
Rep Power: 24
               
Also diet is important as arthritic birds can get obese very quickly, causing secondary problems.
Also check it is arthritis, similar looking conditions can result from poor diet and lack of vitamin A.
Gentle exercise and keeping warm is also suggested.
Definatly no drafts.
If the bird is hand tame them gentle extending of feet and wings will help keep the bird active.
Hope this helps.

x2x3

Please like me on Facebook Kamelina-Kreations
Kamelinajewelery.wix.com/kamelina-kreations
katew is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-23-2012, 09:01 AM Thread Starter


 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 562
Thanks: 5
Thanked 72 Times in 59 Posts
Rep Power: 14
           
Thanks guys, just waiting to hear whether they still have him and when I can collect. Then I can really assess him, first thing is vets.
CaptainHowdy is offline  
Closed Thread

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Talk Parrots Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may 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

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome