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Urgent Something wrong with the left ear.

Discussion in 'Bird Emergency Highway 911' started by xyzconurelove, 3/25/18.

  1. xyzconurelove

    xyzconurelove Sitting on the front steps

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    Hi all,

    I just noticed that 6 months old my green cheek conure has ruffled feathers around his left ear, and checking closer, it appears that the ear is blocked with some sort of yellowish crust. The other ear doesn't have this problem. A week or so ago I noticed that he started sneezing with no discharge (like 4-5 sneezes one after the other). Didn't think much of this since he always sort of sneezed every now and then, but don't know if this is related to the ear somehow.

    He acts completely normal (though more obnoxious/louder today), he eats and poops well. Extremely energetic. He doesn't seem to want me to really touch his ear though (May be because he literally doesn't sit still today, a bundle of extreme energy, keeps chirping).

    I already made an appointment with the vet for Wednesday morning but till then, want to make sure this is not an emergency? Could this be an ear infection? If so, how is that even possible? He came directly from a breeder and has never been outside or near other birds.

    Anything I can do to make his ear more comfortable? He did take a bath yesterday.

    Thanks,
     
  2. saroj12

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    He should be seen earlier than Wednesday so he can start on antibiotics. Can you go as a walk in?
     
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  3. iamwhoiam

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    Can you let them know that you can come in earlier if there is a cancellation or can you see if they will squeeze you in?
     
  4. xyzconurelove

    xyzconurelove Sitting on the front steps

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    When I mentioned these to them over the phone, they didn't seem overly concerned but said if I notice something to go to an emergency clinic. I can call them again and try to push for an earlier appointment. They are closed today though :/

    Antibiotics? Think this might be an ear infection then?
     
  5. saroj12

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    Go to the emergency clinic. If it’s an infection he can go down hill rapidly
     
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    Ear infections just happen sometimes, in people and animals. I'd take the advice of other people here and go to an emergency vet asap. Birds are very delicate animals and Wednesday might be too late. Even if it turns out to be nothing too serious if you go to the ER it could easily turn into something worse before your appointment
     
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    I hope you can get to the vet sooner, and that your little bird will be okay. Keep us posted please!
     
  8. xyzconurelove

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    I did get him to the vet today. He had his ear cleaned (appears inflamed and red) but he has no other issues with his health. I was given Metacam for inflammation and watch him for the next 5 days to see if there's anymore build up of any kind or if inflammation/redness goes down.

    Keeping my fingers crossed that this was a one-time thing that will heal on its own.
     
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  9. LilSprout

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    Did they give him anything other than metacam? Kamara had the same thing happen to her and they gave her like 2 different meds (eardrops and antibiotics)
     
  10. xyzconurelove

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    No, just metacam for now. They said there's nothing that indicates it's an infection... His sinuses were all clear and normal, other ear looks great. Overall checkup couldn't find anything other than that buildup on that one ear, which was just outside, the ear canal itself seems clean. They are giving the benefit of doubt I guess... I'm going to watch him and check his ear at all times.
     
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    I hope his ear clears up. I’m surprised they didn’t do a culture to check for a bacterial infection.
     
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    I was surprised too to be honest, but the vet was really nice and seemed to know what he was talking about. He mentioned they would send a sample to the lab if it appears again, but that he doesn't like to do all things at once? :huh:

    I heard him sneeze again several times at night, but his ear seems less red this morning. Fingers crossed.
     
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    Good that you brought him to the vet. Hope that his ear issue clears up quickly. Good that it is less red today.
     
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  14. xyzconurelove

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    Unfortunately the crust is back :( His ear is blocked again... I'll have to take him back to the vet.

    He really doesn't act sick at all but whatever that thing is is clearly coming from his ear, and that can't be normal, right?
     
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    Poor little bird. :sadhug2: That definitely sounds like an ear infection to me.
     
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    Sorry that the ear issues are continuing. Hopefully the vet can determine the correct medication to help him.
     
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    Since you went to the E.R. would that get you in quicker?? Did he say he was sending the info to your avian vet?
     
  18. xyzconurelove

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    I didn't go to the ER, I was just able to reschedule my vet appointment to an earlier time. There is no 24/7 ER for avians in my city.
     
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    Ask your vet to do a culture and sensitivity. Taht is the only way you will find out if it is bacterial or fungal. The ear is a very common place for MRSA infections. The original owner of this forum had a bird with a MRSA infection in it's ear.
     
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    So an update...

    He acts completely normal still but the culture results came back positive for a staph infection (not antibiotic-resistant one luckily).

    I don't understand how he could have gotten it in the first place? Could he get it from me? I read that some humans naturally carry staph without getting symptoms.
    Can I get it from him?
    What can I do to make sure this doesn't happen again?

    Any insight from anyone who dealt with this bacteria?
     

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