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Lump under cockatiel's wing

Species: bird | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 25 September 2007 11:43AM | viewed 12105 times
Q Heather asks:

My 13 year old cockatiel has been biting under her wing a lot lately. Last weekend she made herself bleed very badly, however, she recovered well with a makeshift collar around her neck to stop her biting. But as soon as the collar is off she cannot stop scratching and biting under her wing. We noticed that there is a lump just under her shoulder and it seems to be getting bigger. We don't know if this is scar tissue or some sort of growth but it is annoying her because she keeps trying to bite it off. She has made herself bleed twice more since we noticed this although not as badly. How can we stop the biting? What can this growth be? We are reluctant to take her to a vet as she is old and is unlikely to survive an operation. Thanks for your help!

Q Our vet says: Although I completely understand your reluctance to take your bird along to a vet, you really do need to go! This problem is obviously causing some considerable distress - perhaps because it is irritating and itchy for your cockatiel or because it is causing pain.

As regards treatment, surgery may be an option but if you are concerned about it, there may possibly be other things which can be tried first. Without seeing your bird and the lump I cannot tell you what the lump is or how it could be treated. However I would be concerned about the possibility of a tumour - so your cockatiel does need the attention of a local vet to find out what this lump is. The earlier this problem is diagnosed and treated the better, so please do take your pet along to a vet- (it would be a good idea to see a vet who is experienced with birds).

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