I still think, regardless of how the bird looks, a psittacosis test at the minimum should be done. I'm surprised to the vet didn't recommend it. I have dealt with a psittacosis out break 2 times and have lost many birds because of it. The first time around you'd never of known the bird was carrying it and I didn't test her and put her in my aviary with the rest. They all dropped dead about 2 weeks later. Ironically she's still going, fine and dandy after treatment. After that though the second time I actually bought it through the house. Quarantine can only be done properly if the birds are in a separate building with completely different air space and the birds have a complete blood profile. There's not much point doing it otherwise. Anything can be shed and cling to your clothes. I lost some that way too. It's horrible and I try to force everybody into testing so they don't make the same mistake I did. I know I'm pushy, but it broke my heart and I couldn't bare to know it was going to happen to more people.
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I totally agree. And I plan to have the test done anyway. As it is, there is no way for me to quarantine properly (i.e. different air supply), so as you said, little point in it. I have even heard of cases where a bird with psittacosis was more of a carrier and never got sick from it, but infected other birds.
It sounds kind of bad, but if I had anything other than budgies, I'd never have even taken him without a way to quarantine in another building. *sigh* Now I'll be all worried about it. I think psittacosis is less common here, but the test isn't too much money.
If he drops dead in a week, then I'll know there wasn't much hope anyway, but if he's still kicking, I'd like to do the full array of blood work just for peace of mind. I love all my birds, but seeing the state of this guy, I just hope it's worth the risk. If my budgies die, I'll be heartbroken for sure. Of course, if I'd known he was so old, I would have probably said no because the stress of moving him is probably worse than where he was, though I would have told the lady to go get his feet treated immediately.
The other worry about psittacosis isn't even about the other birds but the fact that technically people can get it too, which... though unlikely, is an unpleasant prospect.
Thank you for the support and feedback though. I would like to hope he'll be around long enough to feel better and be happy when it is his time, but I know that these guys are high stress already, and in his condition, the end might be close for him.
Question though, hypothetically, if a bird tests positive for any contagious diseases, will the vet give you extra medicine to treat any other birds that may or may not have contracted it? --- nvm just called the vet, they said each bird would have to be brought in, but they might be able to bundle the price.
Man, it must have been so terrible with those outbreaks for you. I can't even imagine. I mean, I go into work and see animals who have died all the time, or the constant trickle of dead fish, then when I worked in the lab and the marine specimens I was taking care of would die for some crazy impossible reason (like electrocution or a t-storm knocked the power out and the pumps needed restarting, etc), but never were they MY babies. Lots of tears are shed all the time for them, just worrying if they're happy and whatnot. And I've already cried over Coco preparing myself for his death or what-have-you. Sometimes I think it's better to be ignorant rather than paranoid. It seems paranoia has this self-fullfilling-prophecy about it, or causing oneself angst when it's out of one's control, while remaining ignorant of possible downfalls leaves one less burdened by guilt and wracked with stress and worry, and when something bad comes, you can shake it of faster rather than wallowing in "should haves" and "could haves." When it comes to pets and passions, it really opens up questions about life.
I'm getting philosophical on a parrot site. >.<