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Charlie80

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« on: April 11, 2015, 08:20:17 AM »

I should probably start by saying that I myself suffer with a condition called health anxiety, so I'm doing my best to be calm as I type (for Percy's background, see my thread in the new members section). I've been reading through the forum and found a post about Psittacosis, I feel so stupid that I didn't come across it in my previous research. I am in a difficult position in that I don't have permission to register Percy with a vet, and he's already here. I'm really worried about it b/c his cage was really dusty and dirty (and b/c of my anxiety disorder). I'll be honest, I'm frightened and I need some reassurance and some gentle reality as well. Please can anyone help? I have phoned a vet to get advice but they said they couldn't offer any kind of advice without seeing the animal. I'm mostly worried about it being passed on to myself or my family  :cry2:
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Re: Psittacosis
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2015, 09:13:52 AM »

Hi Charlie

Firstly try not to panic I'm sure you will be fine, with regards the vet are you saying Percy has Psittacosis or you are just thinking he could possibly have it? And that is why you can't register him? You say the vet won't offer advice without seeing him can you not take him to that vet for them to check him over.

The reality is Psittacosis is a disease that is highly contagious in the birds we keep and the humans that keep them,that is not to say that all birds will catch psittacosis so please don't panic I'm sure Percy and yourself will be fine, but I think the only way you will feel rest assured is by getting him seen by the vet. Not being a vet I think it's wrong of me to even go in to the illness the treatment and the outcome.

Try not to worry and I'm sure more experienced members will be along soon to offer more detailed advice and answers to your concerns


Tony & Mamadou
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Re: Psittacosis
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2015, 09:32:21 AM »

Hi Tony, sorry I wasn't clear. No, Percy has none of the symptoms, has always lived as a single bird, and is over 40. I don't have permission from his owner to register him at a vet (he had a bird before Percy who died of shock on being taken to the vet). I have a feeling I'm being a bit silly. I don't know if you know anything about health anxiety, but I tend to worry about getting ill, even when I have no symptoms. I'm basing my worry on the fact that the bars of his cage were very dusty/grubby, nothing more.
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Re: Psittacosis
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2015, 09:45:13 AM »

Charlie try not to worry it is very unlikely he would have psittacosis without showing symptoms by now technically he could be a carrier of it but if he was the old owner would have caught it and known about it.

It sounds like his cage needed a good clean, just clean it daily and that will help with any asthma related conditions, you could also invest in a HEPA air purifier which cleans the air in your home most of us have them and they are brilliant at keeping dust down and providing nice clean air.
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Re: Psittacosis
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2015, 09:49:56 AM »

Phew! Thanks Lynn! I did think I was just being a bit mental. How embarrassing! Good thing you guys are here, thanks
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Re: Psittacosis
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2015, 12:24:22 PM »

Hi Charlie

Firstly your not silly so please don't think that, I ain't going to pretend I know about health anxiety because that would not be right, if you can invest in the HEPA filter that Lynn has mentioned there are good ones on Scarlett's website. Is there any way you can sort of explain to the previous owner that registering him at a vet will be beneficial and that the chances of what happened before won't happen again, it seems ironic he won't let you register him but was ok with the diet he had him on will the person want him back or is he With you for good Charlie. Having him with a vet is obviously a good thing should you ever need to take him for any reason.

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Re: Psittacosis
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2015, 12:54:05 PM »

Hi Tony, I'm just 'fostering' Percy for now, but I am hoping that it will end up being permanent. His owner is a peculiar man, I honestly do think that he loves Percy, he's just very misguided when it comes to diet (he knows parrots shouldn't have chocolate etc, but Percy 'loves his treats' :quote:). I didn't want to force the issue with him, as I wanted Percy to come and stay with us and he might not have placed Percy with us if he thought I was going to take him to the vet anyway.

I'm hoping that after Percy's been with us a while that he'll be happy for him to reside here permanently, if that makes sense. Naturally, if Percy were showing signs of illness I would take him to an avian vet and deal with his owner later, I'd just rather not have a confrontation if it can be avoided. He actually seems like a very sweet old man, just a bit clueless.
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Re: Psittacosis
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2015, 01:16:13 PM »

Yeah if you just keep him sweet hopefully Percy will be able to stay with you, if he does, invest in a heaven fresh purifier, they are a couple of hundred quid but so worth it in my opinion.
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Re: Psittacosis
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2015, 02:10:17 PM »

Yikes! I like the idea of an air purifier, particularly as I have furry pets too, but that's a bit more than I'd like to spend on one! I suppose they're worth it if they work well. I'll keep it in mind, thanks Kazky
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Re: Psittacosis
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2015, 02:14:18 PM »

Yeah they cost a lot but they have made a huge difference in my house Charlie, I no longer have terrible sinus trouble, it stops smells & keeps the dust to a minimum. I wouldn't be without mine so think about it for the future if you get to keep Percy :)
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Re: Psittacosis
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2015, 05:03:38 PM »

Hi, I'd just like to add that regarding an avian vet, do you already have one close by? As you could always keep his details close to hand just in case then you're not panicking trying to find one if ever a vet is needed. This way you can still have that reassurance without actually registering him x

I hope Percy gets to stay with you on a permanent basis, he sounds lovely :)
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Re: Psittacosis
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2015, 08:04:12 PM »

Thanks Jules, I've found an avian vet relatively close by, and I've and saved the phone number, and name of the vet on my mobile just in case. Anxiety disorders have their perks - I'm fantastically organized!
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Re: Psittacosis
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2015, 10:22:02 PM »

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Re: Psittacosis
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2015, 06:50:18 PM »


In this fever case treat your parrot like a human child of 2 years. Give it to dose of human child and see the results in few hours. Its effecting solution in all over the world
Are you suggesting she gives human medicine ?
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Re: Psittacosis
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2015, 07:26:58 PM »

They've closed the account down on the other forum Mandi. Spamming with Web store, also tracked plagiarism from an online site.
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Re: Psittacosis
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2015, 08:10:16 PM »

Thought he/she was spamming all along  :nono:

Wonder how Charlie is getting along with Percy? X
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