On 3/01/05, Robin P. wrote:
> Well I'll tell you my own vet's stance on it,and any vet's credo is
> supposed to be "First Do no Harm". In your birds case,I would think
> maybe the vet feels it's an extreme enough case to need
> medication.I had one case that required meds,an Umbrella that had
> been badly abused by the previous owner,he was so nervous he shook
> when the vet went to take him,he was just terrified of
> everything,and he was ripping skin,which can cause infections,etc.
> I'm also assuming he did a skin scrape for mites...it's weird
> because most "night pluckers" end up being because of mites,because
> mites are active at night.They also start on the legs.
> So basically you have to consider,is this treatment actually going
> to help,personally in alot of cases I think the meds are used as a
> stop-gap,and don't actually help the problem.Much like the
> cone,sure,the bird quits plucking while wearing it,but usually
> about the time the cone comes off so do the feathers.
> I was asked if I thought about medicating Beaker,she breaks my
> heart sometimes when she gets on a bender,but in her case I do not
> think it would help at all,she's not a nervous bird at
> all.Chamomile had no effect on her.(She and the other 2 are
> currently bopping along to Don Maclean's "American Pie",tone-
> deaf,the lot of them)
> It may be that since your bird responded to the chamomile,he
> thinks the prozac will help.It's a tough decision,and
> ultimately,you know what's best for your birdie.
Thank you Robin P, you know the vet didn't do a Skin scrape and now
that you mention it, I never though about it. I wash the cages and
toys throughly once a week with plain hot water, is there anything
else that I should do to keep mites away, assuming there are mites in
the cage, she only goes for her legs and always at night. I don't use
any desinfectants. I would try anything before I put on prozac.
Thank you so much.
on the cages