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Bleeding—Internal

Internal bleeding should always be considered life-threatening. This condition could be caused by trauma, a foreign body, cancer, poison, infection or a bleeding disorder (blood fails to clot normally).

Signs

Internal bleeding is evidenced by blood coming from the mouth, nares or vent. Even if the bleeding appears to be intermittent, rather than continuous, or if you notice some dried specks of blood, it should be considered very serious. Blood in the droppings could be seen as fresh "red" blood or the feces could appear black, almost tarlike.

Home Treatment

No home treatment should be attempted, ('.all your a vain veterinarian's ofiice and ask to be seen immediately.

Veterinary Treatment In order to effectively treat internal bleeding, your veterinarian will need to determine the cause of the bleeding and where in the body it is occurring. This is when a thorough history, complete physical exam and usually diagnostic testing are most important. Once the source has been determined, appropriate treatment will begin immediately. As always, general supportive care will be administered on an as-needed basis. Fluid therapy to hydrate the bird is very important and even blood transfusions are sometimes required.

Bleeding—External

External bleeding is evidenced by blood seen on the bird's beak, feathers, nails or skin. Owners should be suspicious of any hint of blood on the bird, in her cage, on her playpen, toys or other areas where she has recently been.

Home Treatment

The first thing you should do is to stop the bleeding. Try and determine the source of the blood. Read on for more complete instructions.

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