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#204843 - 07/25/09 03:07 AM Hello, Tips On Nails  
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Hello all New to Site/Not to Too's

Looking for tips on Nail Trimming

Melissa was fine with nail trimming untill this molt and now...just screams if I touch her feet

She is 12 and rescued and a good girl...mostly

Brian

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#204847 - 07/25/09 03:20 AM Re: Hello, Tips On Nails [Re: BSB00]  
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Hi, welcome to MYTOOS! How long have you had Melissa? Has anything changed with her perching? I'm just wondering if her feet actually hurt her? Just a thought. Some who've had TOOs much longer then me will probably come along shortly and have some more thoughts on this.


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#204849 - 07/25/09 03:32 AM Re: Hello, Tips On Nails [Re: Brandy's mom]  
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Any change in behavior warrants a visit to your avian vet. While it may seem behaviorial (and may very well be), you need to rule out an medical conditions first. Perhaps her feet do hurt?!


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#204856 - 07/25/09 04:36 AM Re: Hello, Tips On Nails [Re: EchosMom]  
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I agree with EchosMom. This bird should be seen by an avian vet posthaste.

In the meantime, see if you can get a glimpse of the bottoms of her feet...maybe when she's holding on to the side of the cage. Check for redness or obvious sores. I am worried by your description of her behavior that she may be developing bumblefoot....which can be caused by using the same perch, or the same size perch, constantly. That's one of the reasons it is always recommended that you have multiple types of perches in a cage. Bumblefoot can be fatal if not treated aggressively.

We have a Golden Eagle with Bumblefoot at our clinic that we've been treating for 9 months. Although we've gotten her broken wing healed and rehabbed....we can't release her until the feet clear up.

#204906 - 07/26/09 03:29 AM Re: Hello, Tips On Nails [Re: Jacque]  
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I have a Grey whose nails I just had trimmed. The person who did it discovered a sore on the bottom of her foot and asked if I had any cement perches in her cage. Well, I did.. along with other varying sizes and textures of wood, but seems the cement one was the one she spent the most time on. I promptly replaced it with rope and started an aloe foot bath couple times a week. Seems to be improving.

#204932 - 07/26/09 05:07 AM Re: Hello, Tips On Nails [Re: Winter's mom]  
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Please keep a very close eye on the Grey's foot sore. You may want to visit with your vet. We generally treat foot sores very seriously and the dr I work for would probably want to get the bird on Baytril, just to be safe. It doesn't take much for foot sores to develop into Bumblefoot, and then you can be fighting a long, potentially fatal, problem.

#204969 - 07/26/09 10:40 PM Re: Hello, Tips On Nails [Re: Jacque]  
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hmmm thanks Jacque, I didn't realize it was such a serious matter. Will call AV tomorrow. What exactly is bumblefoot?

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#204970 - 07/26/09 10:58 PM Re: Hello, Tips On Nails [Re: Winter's mom]  
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#204971 - 07/26/09 11:30 PM Re: Hello, Tips On Nails [Re: EchosMom]  
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Hmmmm seems like they are recommending topical treatment with antibiotics and not orally. I really am against the overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals. It can create superbugs, ie. those resistant to simple treatment and requiring the "big guns" in the antiobiotic world. I think I will keep close watch and continue the aloe with a call to the AV tomorrw. Thanks Janet for the article!

#204976 - 07/27/09 02:49 AM Re: Hello, Tips On Nails [Re: Winter's mom]  
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Yes, we usually start out with topical antibiotics as well, but it that doesn't work, we have to move into the orals. Bumblefoot can be extremely difficult to treat and cure. That's why I always recommend that foot issues are dealt with as soon as they are recognized, so that Bumblefoot doesn't have a chance to develop.

#205003 - 07/27/09 01:58 PM Re: Hello, Tips On Nails [Re: Jacque]  
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I've seen Preparation-H used successfully to treat bumblefoot in raptors. If I recall correctly, I have heard of it being used with psittacines, too. Definitely worth a mention when talking with your AV.


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#205020 - 07/27/09 06:48 PM Re: Hello, Tips On Nails [Re: Mythree2s]  
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Yes, we've used Preparation-H on raptors for Bumblefoot. It works well on repairing granulated tissue, like you find on a foot.

Please be aware that I am NOT suggesting that your bird has Bumblefoot, only that it can develop when a bird has foot sores that do not heal correctly. Kind of like bedsores on humans.

#229120 - 01/11/11 04:42 PM Re: Hello, Tips On Nails [Re: Jacque]  
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BSBOO, would love to know where you shop in the Charleston area as 2 of my bird resources have closed recently. Seems that all the local new stores only carry stuff for small birds. Thanks in advance for the info! smile Oh and if you are on facebook, add me and u can enjoy pics of my flock! wink

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