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Re: Macaw throwing up

Posted by Sue on 1/29/09
(15) Comments

    Once again, thanks so much for the responses. She did it once
    in her cage the day before yesterday. She does the head motion,
    and then pieces of food with some clear slime on them come out.
    When it happened yesterday, she had flown to another room (guy I
    bought her from left her fully flighted and of course can't clip
    her wings yet) and then was breathing heavy from flying and
    threw up 8 different piles of undigested walnuts I had given her
    out of shell a few hours earlier. Other than the throwing up,
    she seems perfectly healthy. No ruffled feathers, half closed
    eyes, etc. I am wondering if it is nerves. I will of course
    take her to the vet if needed, but would hate to add that stress
    to her right now if not needed, I am sure you all understand. I
    would call it throwing up because she opens her mouth wide and
    spits all the food out and then walks away. She does not re
    swallow it. Thanks again!!

    On 1/28/09, GreyLady wrote:
    > Rick is right on with everything he said. One thing that
    > help you know whether she is vomiting or regurgitating, is how
    > it happens. Since you have previous experience, you have
    > probably seen regurgitating and know how to recognize it. But
    > just in case, regurgitating is preceeded by a pumping motion
    > the head and neck, often turning the head from side to side,
    > then partially digested food is brought up. Often it is
    > promptly re-swallowed. On the other hand, with vomiting,
    > is often no fore warning. It just comes up and is often very
    > liquid and will not be swallowed again. If it's regurg. and
    > it's not happening a lot, it may be harmless. If it's
    > vomiting, as Rick says, it can be very dangerous. The
    > Pedialyte is a great idea and it doesn't matter if it's plain
    > or fruit flavor. What ever you can get her to take. Also try
    > juicy fruits. Anything to keep her hydrated. It may only be
    > nerves but it could also be an illness. Since it sounds like
    > you don't totally trust the person you got her from, don't
    > discount that he may have some ill birds on his hands and
    > wanted to get rid of one before symptoms started to show. I
    > also strongly advise an emergency vet visit if it's not better
    > by tomorrow. If it turns out she is ill, notify the vet of
    > person where you got her, notify the seller for sure.