Today I took Taylor to Northview Animal Hospital to see what was wrong with his swollen crop. And it was quite an adventure just getting there!
I am not by any means a confident driver. I hate driving in places I don’t know, I hate city driving, and I hate being pressured by other drivers. And getting to Northview involved all three! I’m surprised Taylor didn’t die on the way there from fear of my poor driving or my screaming and cussing. Mapquest lied and said I would be there in a half an hour and its a good thing I left an hour ahead of time, because I arrived just on time.
Dr. Denise Pleban saw Taylor and I’m pretty sure she is my angel from heaven when it comes to finding an avian vet. For the first time since I’ve started looking for an avian vet, I didn’t feel rushed with my time with the vet, I didn’t feel cheated, and I didn’t feel like I knew more than the person seeing my animal.
Taylor had samples taken from his crop as well as stool samples and had grams stains run on both. He was a little stinker today, and his crop was not nearly as swollen as it had been yesterday, so his physical exam was less than revealing. His lab tests, however, revealed that Taylor has a yeast infection in his crop.
I was pretty surprised that it was yeast infection, because Taylor is 3 years old, and yeast infections are usually common in baby birds! However, Dr. Pleban said he may have a compromised immune system due to his rough beginnings. He could also have a mechanical problem keeping his crop closed and away from bacteria. If that’s the case, Taylor will have to be on medication for the rest of his life to keep him safe from infections in his crop.
As for right now, Taylor is on medication for ten days that I have to give him twice a day. I also was advised to change his pellets from Kaytee to either Harrisons, Roudybush, or Zupreem. So, I picked up a bag of Zupreem from the store on the way home, and amazingly, it seems like Tay really likes them! Even better, I offered some to Erin to see if I can get them both on the same pellet, and she seems to like them as well! Erin NEVER likes any other pellets than Lafaebers, which is a good brand, but expensive and messy.