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Date:9/30/2014 1:00:18 PM
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All about Poirot, Part 1
Poirot is home again, very happy and relaxed. He's eating like crazy, talking and playing.

Yesterday, after a very excited morning for him, checking out his cage and all the things he loves, he went to the aviary where he immersed himself in water, splashing around.

Poirot had been sick for almost 2 years. It started out with him pulling all the feather coverts above his tail and around his oil gland. Bacteria were found in his gland and he was put on antibiotics. A few months later, the plucking had continued and his face became extremely swollen. This was followed by a few rashy spots, not all at the same time, over different parts of his body. This started a long run of antibiotics and echinacea to boost his immune system. Most of the spots and swelling went away except for some continued sinus swelling.

This past spring his skin rash/infection came back with a vengeance. His whole breast area, neck, both legs and under one wing were affected. Poor Poirot in extreme discomfort, plucked all the affected areas bare.

At a loss, and saying that Poirot's symptoms didn't make any sense, (the above plus undigested foods, discomfort, slightly distended proventriculus…) his current vet referred Poirot to Dr. Speer at the Medical Center for birds.

When I took Poirot down there, he was already feeling a little better and the swelling in his skin was reduced. They did a barium swallow, then live x-ray, which showed his intestines were working to fast and very gaseous. An endoscope the next day showed no signs of any blockage, but there were a few seeds and threads. Nothing that shouldn't have gone out on it's own. So they flushed Poirot's system, then put him on metronidazole and another drug to calm his gut. Poirot was better the next day and eating well. A few days later he was given pellets and then seeds and he continued to digest everything. Dr. Speer told me that we may never know what the original cause was. Perhaps he had a blockage or illness previously that caused his digestion to malfunction. He suspects the current problem was an overgrowth of clostridium bacteria, which release a toxin into the body. Anyway, the treatment for that worked.
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