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Old 03-28-2017, 01:22 AM
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You can try spraying her with 100% aloe mixed with warm water. Pin feathers are super itchy and that could definitely be her issue.
Would something like this be good too?
http://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/B...99-Spray-125ml
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Mabel had a full exam on Friday and nothing out of the ordinary was found. No parasites (relief!). My avian vet suspects she could have an allergy, or an inflammation issue, so she has prescribed a week of anti inflammatory meds. If she doesn't improve by next Friday I will be taking her for a second visit for further tests to be done, most likely including a skin sample to be sent to the lab. I am so proud of how chilled out she was in the car and how she behaved with the vet - no biting at all (although Mabel has never bitten me nor anyone else). I will be keeping up the aloe vera showers as well. I have to syringe feed her the meds because she's a smart cookie and refuses to eat the med-spiked toast I have offered her, which is okay because she's pretty calm when restrained. Fingers crossed she stops feather picking soon.

Side note: Georgie is going to the vet next week to get DNA tested! Exciting. We decided we can't wait 3 or so years to see if he develops a ring or not lol.
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I took Mabel back to the vet on Friday after not seeing any improvement. The plucking has gradually gotten worse. Another poop examination showed that she does indeed have giardia so I am treating her orally and also putting a larger dose into a small waterbowl for her three cagemates. Is it possible she had giardia already when I got her but has only just recently shown symptoms due to the stress of a huge molt? Nobody else is showing syptoms but I'm betting they all have it. To be honest I'm sort of relieved I know the cause of Mabel's plucking now because I was starting to fret that perhaps she was turning into a chronic plucker... phew.
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Yes, very possible. They can be asymptomatic for a long time. I hope this solves her plucking issues!
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P.S. Remember you have to clean well throughout the treatment to stop them from getting reinfected.
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Hopefully. That's the only explanation I have as to why she was infected.. the pet shop I got her from (I got Henry from the same place and he also had giardia). I clean their toys and cage weekly, they are rarely outside and I always give them filtered water. Naturally I'm one to blame myself but I'm pointing the finger this time.. not that it matters now.

Mabel has been very sleepy lately but has somewhat kept up her appetite (although no improvement in her weight), and she's been getting treats daily. I am going to wheel their cage outside and give it a deep clean this week.
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What med are you treating with? Is it metronidazole or ronidazole?

(Don't blame yourself, giardia is one of those things that's just present in the environment, and sometimes our birds contract it.)
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The medication is called Trichozole which I'm assuming is another name for Metronidazole. I read your tips and tricks for giving oral meds that you linked in another thread, very helpful stuff.

I came across something interesting in this article. Do you think feeding oregano will help as much as the article suggests? Anyways I am giving some fresh to them daily, they love it.

While making my order for more Lafeber products on eBay I found this product and wondered if it could help Mabel with her irritation. I know liquid supplements are typically not recommended but I thought it might be worth a try? A little bit added to her soft food perhaps?

Also going to add a couple of pics of one of the patches she has plucked. (Note that she is wet from her shower, when she is dry you can't see the bald patch without parting the feathers.)



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Trying not to stress out but Mabel has been holding up her left foot a lot and limping slightly when she walks. She is climbing and using it perfectly fine though. Going back to the vet today to pick up some more meds...
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How is Mabel doing? Did the vet think her limping was related to the giardia at all?
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