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Diabetes Heartbreak

Lessons learned from a devastating diagosis

By Jim Weiss & Mickey Davis

Avian vets warn bird owners about sugar diabetesBenky, our half-moon conure, died just before 8 am on a Wednesday morning. Months before that, our veterinarian told my wife and me that she had the classic symptoms of sugar diabetes. The vet gave her six months to live. The treatment that might make a difference was daily insulin injections.

Diabetes mellitus is the most common type of diabetes, and birds and humans have some similar symptoms and reactions to the disease. In Benky, there was increased thirst, appetite and what may have been peripheral neuropathy (a degeneration of the nerves in the extremities). In diabetes, arteries harden and close off circulation to appendages. Benky was already fearful of perching on fingers, and it got to the point where only one family member could hold and physically interact with her. When she wanted physical attention, she would climb up a shirt sleeve and perch on a shoulder. (We realized that shoulder perching is not recommended, but we caved because it was our only way of making contact with her.)

**For the full article, pick up the November 2008 issue of BIRD TALK**

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"For the full article, pick up the November 2008 issue of BIRD TALK."
2008...Really?
First you stop publishing the magazine. Then you changed my paid subscription for a bird magazine to a dog magazine...
Are you kidding me?
And just now I was reading an article on your website and after a paragraph find:
"For the full article, pick up the November 2008 issue of BIRD TALK"
Who are you people?
Cheryl, Topeka, KS
Posted: 11/8/2012 2:58:27 PM
"For the full article, pick up the November 2008 issue of BIRD TALK."
Really?
First you stop publishing the magazine. Then you decide to finish my paid subscription for a bird magazine with a dog magazine...Are you kidding me?
Now you put a teaser on your website and at the end say:
"For the full article, pick up the November 2008 issue of BIRD TALK"
Who are you people?
Cheryl, Topeka, KS
Posted: 11/8/2012 2:50:26 PM
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