I got a good look at my budgie Louie's preen gland and was shocked to see that it is VERY large. I only noticed the size difference because I saw the gland a few months ago and asked my mom, a more experienced budgie owner, about it and she said it looked fine. However, I'd say that now it looks to be maybe three times the size it did several months ago.
Besides being enlarged, it looks like three big lumps attached together. I've read several posts where the diseased gland was black and scabbing/bleeding, but Louie's is still the same pink tone as his skin is. I'm unable to attach a picture at the moment, but I can if it will help to identify the issue.
Because he is currently on an all seed diet (he's taking a long time to convert and we only started the process recently) I'm worried about it being a Vitamin A deficiency, but he doesn't seem to be showing any of the other symptoms of this so I'm very afraid that it could be a tumor/cyst. Louie has shown no changes in behavior thus far so if it's anything I hope I caught it early on.
Has anyone handled any issues like this with the preen gland before? I'm trying to find a trustworthy vet in town but I'm not sure if there's anything I can do for him myself.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.
You can give Louis room temperature Chamomile Tea to drink as it has calming and anti-inflammatory properties.
If he likes to bathe, use room temperature Chamomile Tea as his bath water also.
I'd additionally suggest you start giving him knotgrass regularly.
Good news! I took Louie to the vet last Friday for a checkup and the mass was determined to be a benign tumor. For Louie's comfort, Dr. Remington removed the tumor today in a quick procedure and he's doing great!