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Newly-adopted BE2 with cheek swelling

Posted By: crisw

Newly-adopted BE2 with cheek swelling - 12/09/16 03:12 AM

I adopted a bare-eyed cockatoo last weekend. Corey is one of over 240 birds rescued by the Oregon Humane Society from abysmal conditions.

I just noticed today that he has a swelling on his left cheek.
See a picture here- https://goo.gl/photos/fgKxNAWkNf9ZAbTX7

He is eating, drinking and playing normally. We don't yet have enough of a relationship for me to actually touch the area.

We will be seeing the vet soon, but I couldn't contact them today as they are closed due to a winter storm.

Any idea what this could be?
Posted By: BE2Cassie

Re: Newly-adopted BE2 with cheek swelling - 12/09/16 03:55 AM

That looks really nasty, maybe some sort of infection. Is Corey still eating, drinking and pooping? He really needs to be seen by a vet as soon as possible. Good luck hopefully it's just something simple. Keep us updated.
Posted By: crisw

Re: Newly-adopted BE2 with cheek swelling - 12/09/16 05:04 AM

Yes- eating, drinking, pooping, chewing and yelling! I am hoping the vet is open tomorrow- Portland closes down when it snows!
Posted By: crisw

Re: Newly-adopted BE2 with cheek swelling - 12/09/16 09:46 PM

OK, I have an appointment for Sunday afternoon- the earliest I could get! Every avian vet in Portland is either dealing with a backed-up schedule due to closing because of the weather or on vacation...

He's still showing no signs of illness. He lets me scratch his head with a toothbrush, and the swelling doesn't seem painful. I think it's soft rather than hard, but it's difficult to tell.

If he seems at all ill, I'll bundle him off to the emergency vet.
Posted By: Charlie

Re: Newly-adopted BE2 with cheek swelling - 12/09/16 10:26 PM

I would definitely have it checked. Cockatoos have air sacs in the neck that can cause a variety of problems, some small, some more serious. Dr. Mike Doolen discussed these in a couple of posts:

http://www.mytoos.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=26;t=000096

http://www.mytoos.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=122698&Searchpage=1&Main=13661&Words=neck%2C+swelling&Search=true#Post122698
Posted By: EchosMom

Re: Newly-adopted BE2 with cheek swelling - 12/10/16 09:39 AM

Let us know what the vet says, please?
Posted By: crisw

Re: Newly-adopted BE2 with cheek swelling - 12/11/16 09:18 PM

As it turns out, the swelling was entirely air. The vet thinks he must have had some small trauma to the air sac, and that it should not recur. He also got a checkup, nail trim and blood tests. He's a little underweight but otherwise healthy. He charmed the entire office with his talking and antics but also managed to bite the vet. Hopefully, we will get in a lot more training and acclimatization before our next vet visit smile
Posted By: BE2Cassie

Re: Newly-adopted BE2 with cheek swelling - 12/12/16 01:52 AM

Good update, thanks!
Posted By: crisw

Re: Newly-adopted BE2 with cheek swelling - 12/13/16 09:31 AM

Ack, except for this evening, the swelling is back... will make another call to the vet tomorrow morning.
Posted By: crisw

Re: Newly-adopted BE2 with cheek swelling - 12/18/16 07:44 AM

Forgot the update- He's going back in to the vet at the end of the month (because we're leaving town for a few days next week and don't want to subject him to the stress beforehand.) She's going to anesthetize him and check the swelling to make sure there's no infection or foreign objects. She thinks he's not a good candidate for a stent because of his activity level.
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