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Message #2410. This is a followup to #2408.

Name:(No name)
Date:Friday December 3, 2004 8:29:35 am MST
Subject:Re: Steroids in birds (FYI)
Message:mavrck wrote:
> uggg Diana, you know my situation im in w Yeager and his story. Now
> you are making me freak!

I know, I'm sorry! That's why I added that line about not not getting too worried! The cases the doctor listed all had to do with a series of steriod treatments, not with one injection. It just seems like vets, fairly often, decide to guess on the right treatment instead of doing diagnostic tests to find out what they should be using. This must work most of the time (otherwise I can't imagine they'd continue to do it), but I think most pet owners would be willing to pay for an actual diagnosis before they start treating with the wrong things. (Not that it's that much money to run a blood test, but vets seem to think they should give meds right off the bat.) Your vet giving a steriod injection surprised me since they listed bacterial and viral infections in the "things this bird might have" list. If they've got an infection, the last thing you want to do is suppress they're natural defenses. That's why I remembered the steriod use at all, and it's probably the only reason the steriod portion of last night's lecture stood out for me.

It sounds like Yeager's doing a little better now though~ that's great! That makes it sound like either it's bacterial and the improvement your seeing is the antibiotics, or the steriods are helping with any pain and inflammation that might be there. (Don't take my word for it though; I've still got a ton to learn.) Just watch your little bird closely and request diagnostic tests next time so you can treat what's actually wrong. We're excited about his improvement at our house~ I hope things keep going that way!

(By the way, if you're worried about the possibility of Psittacosis remember that it's a zoonotic disease; the people that come into contact with Yeager could catch it as well if he has it. If it's a serious concern of yours, you should probably have him tested as soon as possible.)

Good luck, once again!

~Diana

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