Buddy has had this bruise for a week now, like he is bleeding under his beak. I sent photos to his avian vet who said it looked like a bruise, like he flew into something. But I donít recall him knocking into anything. Heís cage bound unfortunately, and while he does have night frights occasionally I havenít noticed any lately. Itís possible something happened when I wasnít in the room.
He has a bell that he loves to tap and knock with his beak, and maybe that is what is causing this, if he bruises very easily? He is otherwise eating and acting normally, except a bit more sleepy and quiet than usual. But he is molting as well which could be the reason for that.
From what Iíve looked up on, it could be liver problems that cause them to bruise easily. But Iíve never seen any photos as bad as his. Has anyone seen anything like this?
Heís on a seed mix which has just a little zupreem fruit pellets mixed in. Oddly the seed mix has a lower listed fat content than the pellets. I give him lots of millet too. I canít get him to eat veggies.
I bought some milk thistle extract in case it is his liver. I asked the vet, who provided me a dosage. But I havenít given him any yet because I donít know the best way to administer it. It is super stressful for both of us for me to catch him and give him oral meds, so Iíd rather avoid that. He is a very picky eater so I donít know what I can put it on that he would take. The vet recommended a little bit of bread or on a nutriberry, but again heís a very picky eater that doesnít like new foods. The vet advised against putting anything in his water.
Iíve scheduled a vet visit but I am very nervous. Iíve always avoided blood tests for him, and that is what they recommend. But if he bleeds so easily, that really scares me. Heís also not very tame and I worry about it stressing him out.
A little medical background, heís 8 years old. He was very sick last December with some kind of infection. Green poops, not eating or drinking. I gave him antibiotics, he got better, and then he got sick again with Candida. I gave him nystatin and he got better. Heís been itchy ever since.
Im attaching photos. Theyíre 6 days apart and you can see itís only gotten bigger