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Home Remedies for Bumblefoot?

Coco has had bumblefoot a long time, and it's calloused over now. His previous owner said he sat on one perch most of the time and rarely moved around. The vet said that due to his arthritis and long-term bumblefoot, I should wrap any rough perches in cloth and make them nice and thick to stand on since he can't grip much. So I have natural perches, rope perches (he loves those) and thick wrapped perches, and let me tell you, he uses ALL of them. He changes perches every few minutes, and saves the rope ones for sleeping on.

I was worried that all this new movement might be aggravating his old sores, so I took a close look and the callouses do look redder, like he might be opening up the wounds now. I am very happy he is so active, but I'm afraid he'll end up regressing by causing abscesses.

Anyone know a way I can protect his feet or perhaps TREAT the bumblefoot without a prescription (I don't mind getting a vet medicine, but it's a long drive lol)? The vet seemed to feel that he was so old he wouldn't bounce back much, but I see a lot of life in this bird yet. He was flying to my arm today for sunflower seeds (still no step-ups, he does not like hands or things approaching him; but he'll go to you if he chooses).

So any tips or suggestions are welcome. Thanks much!
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no help here. but i have never heard of bumblefeet. what is it? what causes it? any other details you can tell me would help. thanks. and good luck.
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I think Betadine is safe to use, and will help dry any sores out. I have used it on my birds that bleed from damaged feathers.
I have also used this holistic treatment for assumed arthritic wing joints on Henry
What I did was mix in hot water and pick up in syringe and give three drops each day for a few days And Henry has shown no signs for over a year now.

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“Bumblefoot” Pododermatitis

1. What is "bumblefoot"?
“Bumblefoot” is the common term for inflammation or infection of the weight-bearing surface of the foot. “Bumblefoot" is a form of pododermatitis (foot inflammation).

2. What species of bird are affected by “bumblefoot”?
It is very common in budgies, cockatiels, galahs and ducks though it can be seen in any bird.

3. What are the clinical signs of early “bumblefoot”?
Initially there may simply be a loss of the normal scale on the feet and the skin may be red and thin. As the conditions worsens ulcers may form on the pads of the feet.

4. What are the clinical signs of more serious forms of “bumblefoot”?
It becomes very serious when the foot is swollen and there are plugs of necrotic (dead) tissue on the weight bearing foot surface. In the worst cases the bone of the foot becomes infected, the foot becomes swollen and the foot’s digits cannot move. These birds are severely lame and often very difficult to repair.

5. What are the causes of “bumblefoot”?
Hard plastic or dowelling perches and sandpaper around perches, as well as diets of poor nutritional value and high energy will lead to obese birds with vitamin A deficiency. If the perches are unclean, bacteria will build up and can move onto the foot as the foot has lost its protective scales. Any disease that affects birds can make your bird susceptible to “bumblefoot" as the bird will use its energy to fight the other problem.

6. What is the treatment for “bumblefoot”?
In the early stages of “bumblefoot” the best treatment is simply to soften the perches with bandages or strips of cloth wrapped around the perches. At the same time, improve the diet by including, among other changes, more dark green vegetables for vitamin A or, better still, move your birds onto a high quality pellet or crumble food as well. For ducks, put down astroturf or grassed areas and make sure they have a clean deep wading pool.
7. What additional treatment procedures may be needed?
Antibiotics will be needed as well as anti-inflammatories and antibiotics topically on the feet. If the "bumblefoot" is in the very severe category, a ball bandage may need to be adhered to the feet with regular changes necessary. In these severe cases samples of the foot infection to send to the laboratory to find out the type of infection may be needed. Blood samples may also be taken to check for other problems. The severe cases of "bumblefoot" can take weeks to months to improve.

8. What preventative measures are needed?
An avian veterinarian will always check the base of the feet at a bird’s annual health check but the feet should be checked at home at least fortnightly as well.

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no help here. but i have never heard of bumblefeet. what is it? what causes it? any other details you can tell me would help. thanks. and good luck.
Bumble Foot can be caused by whatever they stand on for long periods of time.
A classic with caged birds would be sand or cement perches sand paper floors.
In wild birds caged it can be a wire floor.

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Bumblefoot is really common in birds of prey as if tethered they stay on the same perch daily but as of yet I've been lucky with it!

Clive said pretty much all you need to know. I do think it would be best to get him on antibiotics and just give the area a really good thorough clean. Any pictures of the severity? That helps
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