I have a one year old cockatiel. When he's out of his cage he has the habit of perching himself on my living room door. My daughter, not knowing he was there, slammed the door. Now his left foot is pretty banged up. He seems to not be in any pain and he's still walking on it. I just want to know if there's anything I should do. I don't want him to end up being in pain.
Is there any swelling or bruising? Was the skin broken? Do all the digits lay in a normal position when he's standing?
Swelling and bruising should resolve on its own. If the skin was broken, there is a chance for infection to develop. Keep the foot clean and watch for redness or swelling. Take the bird to the vet if you see that.
If a toe or the foot seems to lay at an unusual angle, there's probably a break and he should be seen by a vet to splint the foot properly.
Pain can be managed but a vet would have the proper medication and dose for your bird. It's hard to tell if he's in pain but if he's limping or not bearing weight on the foot, then it probably hurts to some degree.
That happened to by cockatiel today. She's is around 9 months old, but the foot shape looks alright, it just that its been a little scraped. We put some cornflour on the wound, because I read up that putting cornflour on a bleeding wound help to stanch the blood. After that she just peeled the skin off where the scrape was, and then I just sat down and ate an apple with her. She and our other cockatiel were running around everywhere, and I asumed that she was fine, but I'm not extremely sure: she doesn't seem to use the foot much, just puff up quite alot, although she is still preening herself.
As for the infection danger, we washed all their perches incase any of the poo would infect it.
She is a very healthy young bird, and there is a new mineral block in their cage, and they get fresh fruit and vegetables everyday. I just want to know if it's worth taking her to the vet, and if it's not, what to do with the foot.
Good that you stopped the bleeding. A few drops of blood for a small bird can have quite an effect on them.
If the scratch is very shallow, it should heal on its own with no trouble. When I work with birds at the center, I focus on the big injuries (breaks, punctures, etc.) and the superficial scrapes I just clean and watch. They heal up well on their own.
Imagine if you had a nasty scrape on your foot. You would probably favor it and not use it as much. Just keep a close eye on her foot for the next few days. Watch for any break through bleeding again, swelling, etc. If it looks like it's getting worse at all, take her in to the vet. It's hard to say without seeing it for myself but the little scrapes I've seen over the past 19 years heal up well on their own after being cleaned.
Hi its me again.
Today my cockatiel once again managed to bang up her foot. This time, she managed to bang her front nail off. She's fine now, though she bled quite a bit when we first saw it. I managed to get some cornflour on the wound and the bleeding stopped.
For the rest of the day, she's been very calm. She's still puffing, but she's eating, preening, climbing around and doing quite good. I'll be sure to watch out for any swelling and I'm cleaning the cage much more regularly now.
Thanks for the help.
She's a real rascal, getting into mischief like that again. I'm glad you were able to stop the bleeding. She'll probably favor that foot and not be as active for a couple of days. Is there any way to rearrange things so she doesn't hurt her foot again? Maybe not. It's like trying to protect a child from every bump and bruise. (sigh)
Hi I have a 15 yr old cockatiel and it caught its foot in a string that holds its house i cut it off it had a bad time ,bleeding and part of the foot turned dark.had taken him to the vet said it seemed bruised but ok. He gave us silver somthing to put on it.Its been 3 days and now we see the bird ate the skin off of 2 toes down to the bone !!!!!!!
My cockatiel is around 20 years old and has a hurt foot. He can hardly get around and his foot is swollen and red-ish. He won't fly anymore either. He still eats but he's in bad shape. Any advise? I'm really worried.
The Silvadene that the doctor gave you is great for skin injuries. When the skin turns dark it's often difficult to tell if it's just simple bruising or if the tissue has died. It sounds like in your case, the circulation was cut off long enough to cause tissue death (necrosis) and the skin sloughed off with the help of the bird's nibbling. That's not unusual but it should be checked by the vet again. The bones may need to be removed (under anesthesia) and the remaining bad tissue checked and debrided (removed) to avoid any lingering problems. Most likely the vet will have to do a foot wrap.
I hate to sound like a broken record but a trip to the vet wouldn't hurt. The bird may have some inflammation due to an injury, an infection from a tiny wound or just some arthritis. In any case a vet can determine what's going on and prescribe some medication to ease the inflammation and pain or treat any infection that might be there.
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