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Arthritic feet and sores

MrPink

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Hi everyone.

My elderly bourkes parakeets has a foot deformity and is developing sore spots from walking on the sides of his feet. The vet wants me to use liquid bandage to build up a barrier on the sores.

Human liquid bandage seriously smells though and is full of chemicals. I'm wondering if anyone has used kericure liquid bandage for their birds? Does this look safe?

And does anyone have other ideas? We've also covered perches in foam and made things more cushioned.
 

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The_Mayor

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Not an expert, but my thought is that if the choice is between something that's definitely not supposed to be ingested and something that's formulated with the understanding that the first thing the patient is going to do is start licking at it, then the latter's probably the better choice. The kericure website does include birds among the animals it's safe for. If possible, maybe spray it on a q-tip and then paint it on his foot? That way at least he's not breathing so much of it in.

Other than that, can your bird stand on a rope? For no particular reason except that that's how I set up their space, I have a rope that lies over a flat surface. Esmerelda seems to like standing on that. Maybe because the shape is comfortable under her feet but it has stability from the surface, unlike how a normal rope is wobbly.

Lastly, is something like a boot, like this, but probably have to be custom sewn, a possibility?

Good luck. Bourke-servitor solidarity fist-bump. :)
 

Sparkles!

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See if you or your vet can order some
Surgi Loc 2-OC. This is an 2-octyl cyanoacrylate glue, excellent for surgical incisions but it dries nicely flexible (unlike other “super glues” that dry hard and brittle) and it really shines as a skin barrier when used in applications like you need. I highly recommend it.
 

SummerWing

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Good luck! :)
 
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