I knew as soon as I came home on Friday that Taylor’s yeast infection had returned. We have been battling this stupid yeast now for several months, and it was time to return to the vet yet again and try something else. We also decided to take Jules, because he has had very runny poop for quite some time now. We never took him before because it was so touch and go; one day he would be perfectly fine, the next he would have runny poop, and then he would be fine again. We also knew that he liked drinking a lot of water and eating wetter foods, so we thought that could be the cause of his mushy droppings. But, we figured just to be safe we’d take him in with Taylor and have him checked out. So we made an appointment and yesterday we went on another adventure.
The thing I hate most about Northview is getting there. I have to drive from the south hills, through Pittsburgh, into the north hills. I have to drive on busy highways with evil drivers and people who want to run me off the road. Let me admit now, I am not a very good confident driver. I have never driven to Northview without crying on either the way there or back. I always feel so bad for Taylor. I’ll start screaming and crying and saying we are going to die, and he starts talking back from his carrier in a little voice “Pretty bird. Pretty Pretty. ” and he always says it like a question, like he doesn’t know if he’s a pretty bird or not. He always tries to make his mama feel better lol.
So, we got to Northview in, I don’t know how, one piece. I have a lot of trouble finding someone who can see my birds and actually know what they are talking about, but Dr. Pleban is a saint. She’s very sweet and soft spoken and gentle with them, and she’s always seems to know what she’s talking about, which is more than I can say for many of the other places I’ve gone to. A few tests later and we had our results.
Both Taylor and Jules have a bacterial infection in their gut that is resulting in the smelly, nasty poop. It’s not something that will make them really, really sick, but it makes a mess out of their feces. We’re guessing Taylor got it from Jules, because on his last visit he had a clean stool test. However, its only transmitted through feces, so that means that Taylor had to eat some of Jules’s poop. Yuck! Good thing everyone has their own cage so it won’t spread to anyone else. Taylor also had another yeast infection. She said that he doesn’t have as much yeast as last time, which means that our boiling water and probiotics were helping, just not enough. She also said that due to how flabby and flacid his crop looks and feels, she believes that he has a mechanical problem where his muscles are not fully functional in his crop. She said she has treated another cockatiel with the same condition and feels that it is something that goes along with his handicap. Taylor is now on a maintenance medication that he will have to take for the rest of his life.
When we went to check out, I felt like we were taking a pharmacy with us. We have four different types of medication. Taylor has three of them, and Jules only has one. Both are on a medicine for the bacterial infection. Taylor also has his medicine to get rid of his yeast infection, and then he also has his maintenance medication. When we left, Lance had sticker shock; we paid more in our visit yesterday than we did for both birds put together. I was well prepared; to date, Taylor has cost me roughly $500 in health costs. He was a $40 cockatiel.
Lance and I came home and bleached everything. We bleached every cage, every toy, every food and water dish. We literally bleached and cleaned for three hours. We shouldn’t have any other outbreaks in the bacterial infection. Most likely, Taylor picked up bacteria from a toy that Jules had had and hadn’t been washed recently or drinking out of the same water when they were out playing. The vet also said that Taylor was probably the perfect target for the bacteria because his immune system is weaker than the other birds because of the yeast infection. She said because white face is such a recessive gene, even though its beautiful, it can also come with other health risks, such as a compromised immune system. We still don’t know where Jules got sick from initially, but he could have had it since we brought him home.
So, now our babies are on the mend and everyone should be good and healthy!