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Date:8/22/2014 3:26:07 PM
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Hi Jester
DAY 17
How are u sweetie? Today, we will cover blood in droppings & difficulty breathing.
BLOOD IN DROPPINGS
One of the most common reasons for blood in the droppings is heavy metal toxicosis (we will cover this later), especially from lead & zinc. This toxicosis can cause blood in urine. If u notice this, seek vet care immediately. Blood may also be seen in droppings due to intestinal or cloacal infections, cloacal growths, or with difficulty passing eggs. Dark tarry droppings may indicate bleeding higher up in the small intestine. Seek vet care.
DIFFICULTY BREATHING
Anytime an animal is having difficulty breathing, it must always be considered life-threatening. If in respiratory distress, a bird's condition can rapidly deteriorate. Check the nostrils for blockage. If external blockage is observed, such as caused by mucus, wipe with a damp cloth. Look for any other blockage such as seeds or dirt. The operculum, a small part of the bird's anatomy inside the nostril could be mistaken for a foreign body, so have ur vet examine & remove any suspected blockage. Wheezing rapid breathing, open-mouthed breathing & nasal discharge are obvious signs of respiratory distress. Less obvious signs could include tail bobbing (pronounced up & down motion of the tail), frequent stretching of the neck, swelling around the eye, loss of voice & sometimes a "clicking-like" sound when breathing. Shortness of breath can also be caused by illness. In that case, the bird should. Be seen promptly by ur vet.
HOME TREATMENT
Keep the bird warm, keep the environment calm & relaxed & consider covering the cage to help reduce ur bird's stress level. Also, turning on a vaporizer near the cage for short periods of time or placing ur caged bird (or a stand for a large bird) in a "steamy" bathroom may help ease labored breathing. Call ur vet's office & ask to be seen immediately. Panting or open-mouth breathing could be caused by overheating due to fright, exercise, or environmental temperature. Overheated birds can develop heatstroke (we will cover this). In these cases, the bird may also hold its wings outstretched from his body, pant heavily, & collapse. Allow the bird to remain quiet in a cooler location. Mist the bird with cool water & have bird stand on a cool wet towel. Do not cool the bird too quickly. Contact ur vet to determine if further treatment is necessary.
Tomorrow, we will cover burns.
I would like to thank you for all the support you have given me with my campaign. I am truly blessed to have such caring & wonderful friends!
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Tia
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