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Hello, I have a 1 1/2 year old bird who managed to open a hook from a toy and hooked his lower mandible through his vent. I freed him finally but there was some bleeding and now a day later it is swollen and protruding slightly.  Is this a risk of death? what should I do other than treat it topicaly and hydrate as best as possible?

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-- I'm not sure what you're putting on it to "treat it topically".  Birds do not fare well with ointments or salves made for mammals and these products can lead to death.

 The risk in this type of injury is peritonitis, among other things.  Given that these birds are sentient and live a human life span, we have to have a vet in place for them just like we would one of our children.   These birds have the intellect of a human toddler and they understand complex emotions, they have a sense of self and they know what death is.

 Please, please get this bird to a doctor.   Just like you wouldn't treat your child's broken arm at home, you can't treat your bird at home.  

Even I would take one of my own in for Xrays and a consult with another doctor.  

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Certified Avian Specialist; Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council member; Own animal rescue org; National Wildlife habitat #66378; bird care, nutrition & behavior consultant; International Assoc. of Animal Behavior Consultants Associate; National Wildlife Federation Leaders Club member; published bird care, info and behavior articles and guides. Ongoing education in exotic bird behavior and nutrition I can answer behavioral, nutritional, environmental, characteristic/personality questions as well as general health and health care. No animal emergency can ever be addressed on the internet. We cannot see your animal, perform an examination, provide necessary care or medication. Please value your companion for the priceless, living creature they are; not for what you might have paid for them.

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Certified Avian Specialist. For more than 30 years I've worked with veterinarians, protective facilities, nature centers, preserves and on my own in providing care and education with regard to multiple animal species, including raptors (hawks, kestrals, owls, etc) and marsupials. In recent years I've focused on parrots, usually rescued from abusive or less than ideal situations and helping educate owners as to proper care. Expert in behavior studies and modification of problem behavior.

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4AnimalCare is the organization I run as an animal ministry; World Wildlife Association, Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, National Wildlife Federation Leaders Club and more

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Bird Talk Magazine articles about rescued and problem macaws.

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