Oh my gosh, I didn't know that! I grew up with a desert tortoise from when I was about 5 to when I was 15. Good to know. I wouldn't worry, it was minor contact and hopefully your bird has a good immune system and will be ok. I hope so.
I live in NewYork and its snowing like crazy do i cant go out...plus the only aviary vet that lives around us only does appointments on tuesdays and next tuesday is New Years so the hospital is closed. So basically i cant bring him to the vet for 2 weeks. I have called a vet and he said that my russian tortoise that is full grown and 13 years old shouldnt carry salminella. That Salminella is moatlt just in baby or smaller tortoises. So he shouldnt have got anything. He said watch out for symptons but dont worry.
Im still worried... and his poop seems a lot more watery but there is no blood in it....what can I do? Im terrified!
Some normal vets will see birds, I would be ringing around and asking.
eta: I am not sure what avian vet you see, but there are quite a few in NY is seems, here is a list of them:
Alexandra Adamcak - Board Certified Avian Vet
3921 Main St., Amherst, NY 14226 - Tel. (716) 832-2800
Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian) - Board Certified in Avian Medicine
Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics, 709 Bedford Road, Bedford Hills, New York 10507; (914) 864-1414; www.avianexoticsvet.com
Dr. Aaron Lochak; Specializes in birds and reptiles
1902 Avenue O, Brooklyn, NY 11230 - Tel. (718) 376-5377
Dr. Stephen Wyler, Trylon Vet Care
98-83 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY 11375 - Tel. ( 718) 275-1800
Jara & Ben wrote: "Dr. Wyler is superb. Caring, patient, and kind, he provided excellent care to my four parrots for the five years I lived in NYC, including saving the life of my Eclectus. He is outstanding and his knowledge base is unparalled"
A&A Veterinary Hospital Inc., Board Certified Avian Veterinarian available
414 Franklin Avenue, Franklin Square, NY 11010 - Tel: 516-437-7222
Jeffrey Krasnoff D.V.M., M.S. - Brookville Animal Hospital
319 Union Avenue, Westbury, NY - Tel. (516) 333-1123
Dr. Elisabeth Simone-Freilicher, Board Certified Avian Specialist - Veterinary Medical Center - 24-Hour Emergency Service
75 Sunrise Highway, West Islip, NY 11795 - Tel. (631) 587-0800
Simon Starkey BVSc, PhD, D.ABVP(Avian). Board Certified in Avian Practice - Whitestone Vet Care
22-22 154th St., Whitestone, NY 11357- Tel. :718-888-0400
I am sure out of all these, one will be able to see your Cockatiel and get him/her antibiotics, it is important that you get onto this quickly, the sooner the better for the sake of your Cockatiels health.
Last edited by Renae; 12-29-2012 at 08:55 PM.
Reason: oops had to delete first part of post
There are two threads on the same topic (this one and the one called "touched tortoise food"). It might be helpful if the mods combined the threads so all the advice is in the same place.
You may be able to find an emergency vet who can help you, although there's nothing that can be done until the weather clears up enough to travel. At the very least, I would recommend talking to another vet on the phone about the risks. I have no idea whether the first vet is correct or not.
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Woah! Thats a great list!
I talked to my mom and for tonight there is no one we can call because its to late. She also said most places are closed sunday so we cant go then....
Monday is the closest we can do...
And @teilfan the 'touched tortoise food' thread was also mne but no one was responding to it so i started another