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Re: HELP! i think my bird has aspergillosis

Posted by Adrian on 3/03/06
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    On 3/03/06, Dave wrote:
    > On 3/03/06, Adrian wrote:
    >> Actually it's my cousins bird. His name is charlie and
    >> he's a lilac crowned amazon. We think he's had a rough
    >> back ground and my cousin got him about a year ago. My
    >> cousin asked me to watch him for an extended period of
    >> time and i agreed. Charlie is stuck on an all seed diet
    >> and Im having a very hard time changing that as he may
    >> have only been fed seed for his entier 15 year life. Just
    >> today i noticed one of his nostrills had something custy
    >> around it. It kinda looked like blood clots from a
    >> bloodied nose. Its a weekend now (friday) and i wont be
    >> able to go to the vet till Monday. Can anyone tell me if
    >> aspergillosis looks like a cloted bloody nose. Should i
    >> call an emergency vet for this or will monday be ok? I
    >> have a picture of what charlies nose kinda looks like but
    >> its not him and the pic is not of aspergilosis either I
    >> dont know if it would help anyone to picture what charlie
    >> looks like but if you think it would i could e-mail it to
    >> you. Any help would be greatly appreciated
    >> Adrian

    > What you're seeing is probably a serious external sinus
    > infection which also needs Vet treatment as soon as
    > Aspergillosis can follow one of two courses - acute or
    > chronic. Birds with acute aspergillosis have severe
    > difficulty breathing, decreased or loss of appetite,
    > drinking and urination, cyanosis (a bluish coloration of
    > mucous membranes and/or skin), and even sudden death. The
    > fungus generally affects the trachea, syrinx (voice box),
    > air sacs. The lungs may also be involved. Diagnosis is
    > generally made through a post-mortem examination.
    > Chronic aspergillosis is much more common, and
    > unfortunately, much more deadly due to its insidious nature.
    > The bird may not become symptomatic until the disease has
    > progressed too far for a cure. The respiratory system is the
    > primary location of infection. White nodules appear and
    > ultimately erode through the tissue, and large numbers of
    > spores enter the bloodstream. The spores then travel
    > throughout the body, infecting multiple organs including
    > kidneys, skin, muscle, gastrointestinal tract, liver, eyes,
    > and brain. Your cousin should visit the vet and have the
    > checked. Antibiotics may be necessary------Dave
    Thank you so much for your timely respons Dave. My cousin just
    had a ababy a couple of days ago so i would be the one to take
    Charlie to the vet. Do you think monday would be soon enough.
    I have to wrk this weekend and the vet doesnt open till monday
    anyhow. Unless this is serious enough to call the emergency
    vet and drive 50 mile to get him there right away?