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  1. Ah, thanks all Please no more, my ego can't take it
  2. I have completed the only avian specialist training program there is in Europe, what more do you want? Marie
  3. Exotic direct have bought Golden Valley but say nothing will change for now... Golden Valley have historically been the most cost effective and easiest to deal with but we'll see how that changes. Pet Plan have insurance for parrots too Marie
  4. Hi, I can confirm Steve is a very good parrot vet, in fact he recently acheived European Specialist status in avian medicine and surgery so is very well qualified and extremely competent, Marie
  5. Sorry to hear about Barnie, parrots don't always help us out as their natural instinct to survive means they mask illness until they are very poorly. Lung infections can progress incredibly quickly and sometimes you get no warning at all. Again, sorry for your loss, Marie
  6. There is an option for placing a hormone implant to 'switch off' his breeding behaviour and I've used this for birds where their behaviour gets very destructive (attacking other birds, owners, causing self-injury). It would be worth chatting to your local avian vet about his if you feel he is getting difficult to manage and have other management strategies have failed (reducing light hours, reducing energy content of his diet, avoiding excess 'cuddling', removing the stimulation of the rope perch etc)
  7. It is difficult to overdose a grey with pure calcium but when the calcium is mixed with Vitamin D3 (as in Avimix and most commercial supplements) then absorption is increased and toxicity is much more likely so I would not increase any supplement beyond the recommended dosing. Ultraviolet light can't be overdosed so gives a very safe source of Vitamin D3 which encourages calcium absorption and normal metabolism and is a much better alternative. Marie
  8. In females that are in breeding mode (or occasionally those with abnormal reproductive activity) there are often clearly visible changes in the long bones - new bone spicules form inside the bones which give a hazy/thickened appearance, but it's not possible to sex non-active females from males accurately. Marie
  9. I would be looking at reasons why fluid was pooling outside of normal location. Anything to raise blood pressure (heart/kidney disease typically), decreased protein to maintain fluid within the blood (liver dysfunction/loss of protein via kidneys or intestines/dietary lack/intestinal malabsorption/inflammation elsewhere acting as a protein drain), or localised inflammation/disease. If female reproductive disease would be high on the list. If it can be drained it is more likely to be ascitic fluid rather than intercellular - intercellular fluid forms small pockets between the microstructures and doesn't easily drain. Fluid analysis can help work out whether it is leaking/inflammatory/secreted, and blood tests and Xrays would help in finding the underlying factors. I would be reluctant to perform endoscopy in a bird with excess fluid. Marie
  10. I used to keep a huge number of different gecko, monitor and boa species but since moving jobs and houses a couple of years ago I had to downsize and now just keep four very lovely sheltopusiks.
  11. Tracheal resection is not an incredibly uncommon operation - we've done a few and it is relatively straightforward when they have an air sac tube already in place. I hope all goes well for her and she recovers quickly. Just a quick note - any bird that has a change in voice should get veterinary attention as it can be a symptom of an aspergillus growth on the syrinx which can quickly block the wind pipe and lead to suffocation so should never be left. Marie
  12. I did post but don't think you have actually read that as you still assume I am naive and sitting in a University somewhere without any experience of avian practice!I cannot really gain a full appreciation of the demand for avian vets by seven people from all over the world not entirely satisfied that there isn't an avian vet on their doorstep! Many more people on here have an avian vet so the majority actually seem to be catered for and appreciate that not everyone can be an expert.. I do think that GP vets are underprepared for birds, but the problem is that there just isn't space on the curriculum to fully train them and then they won't see enough birds to polish their practical skills and also have time to keep on top of this relatively young and rapidly developing field.
  13. I work in the busiest avian practice in the UK and can confirm that even here there are not enough avian cases to support our department financially so cannot see how having more avian vets could really be viable. They would not see enough cases to ensure familiarity, competency and financial security and could not justifiably devote as much time to it as they would need. i appreciate that other people work equally hard but it is often thought that vets are incredibly well paid so just wanted to make it clear that that is a fallacy!
  14. Why should a vet take on thousands of pounds of debt for no real benefit to themselves? Yes they may gain the satisfaction of being able to treat a wider range of animals but what good is that if they can't pay their mortgage? We are the lowest paid professionals and work ridiculous hours for minimum wage but still get criticism on a daily basis! You are very naive to think that every pound spent on learning is recouped in increased revenue! And if GP vets could treat most birds then no specialists would exist as they couldn't survive and care would be mediocre at best. you are lucky that your vet is honest - many will see birds and have no idea what is going on - it is better to be honest and advise you seek the right standard of care. You have responsibility for providing care for the bird you have bought, you cannot demand that people around you meet your requirements when you want. Look for a local vet who is capable of dealing with birds and be grateful if you can find one. This is not a domesticated mammal, it is a very different animal that needs care from someone who understands their medical conditions.
  15. How can you expect a vet to know everything about every kind of animal? Yes a normal general practitioner vet can do basic first aid but they can't be expected to have specialist knowledge of all disciplines in all species. Birds are not feathered cats they have entirely different anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and very different pathologies and cat and dog vets can't just extrapolate their knowledge of mammals, they have to study birds intensively to gain in depth knowledge. This is not financially viable for the vast majority of vets especially when there will be little to no return on their spending. I am currently doing a 4yr training period (after 5yrs at university and then time spent in general and exotics practice) and will be an avian specialist after this but how can you expect all vets to sacrifice their income (I am on far less than minimum wage) and time (>100hrs this week not including time on call) if they will only see a pet bird every couple of months and don't have a strong interest in avian work. I freely admit I would be stuck if asked to do anything other than basic veterinary care of cattle or pigs as the human brain just cannot store the amount of information needed to know everything about everything. I think you have to be realistic and find a local vet who has an interest to deal with the more routine work (nail/beak trims, health checks, faecal checks etc) and be prepared to travel to a specialist if there is a more complicated problem. Certainly this should be a consideration before purchasing a bird.
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