Saturday, December 24, 2011

Yup, that's it.

Last year I posted photos logging how Achilles mysteriously started to pick at her skin causing her to have visible wounds on her back. I was so worried I made an oatmeal paste to get her through until next morning, then she would be off to the vet.

The oatmeal treatment practically healed all of her wounds, the vet told me. But the oatmeal residue didn't let the feathers dry very easily. So the vet gave us some Dermaide and in a couple days Achilles's wounds had healed. Brilliant!

As to what caused her to start picking at her skin I did not know for sure, but I do now. She gets dry skin from the weather and it looks like it will be a seasonal thing. So I stocked up on more Dermaide from their website a couple weeks ago. Achilles started picking at her skin again when the weather started getting cold, thankfully the Dermaide was applied before her skin became overrun with wounds.

Applying the Dermaide would have been a problem if I didn't do some training in advance. When I first got Achilles she didn't like being pet in many places other than the head. So  I decided it might be a good idea to have her learn to like being petted in other places like her back, wings, and bum (near the preen gland, which can get infected). So with that training in place applying her medication is actually a cuddle session. How cool is training when it's done right?

I'm glad that has been all sorted out.Yup, cold weather, that's what it was.

Happy Solstice!

Copyright 2013 Caitlin Bird
The Sequential Psittacine Blog
Post a Comment