I adopted my older “senior psittacine” Mealy amazon last Dec ‘06 and got her vet checked within 3 days. Her cholesterol was somewhat high then (450) should be 350 says the avian vet. Took her in last week and the cholesterol is up to 800! She eats fruits, veggies, pellets during the day, and about a half-tablespoonful of an eclectus-type relatively low fat seed mix with only a few sunflower or safflower seeds in it as a treat at night. Before I got her she was on a junky all “parrot mix” seed diet for years. Needless to say I was surprised! She gets the exact same food as my eclectus and DYH. My eclectus has recently tested somewhat higher than the desired cholesterol level too, but he’s not that far off. My eclectus actually eats more than either of my amazons, and he’s the lightest weight of the three!
The vet has prescribed a medication I am to give her a couple of times a day. I am afraid I will turn this loving, never biting gentle giant of a bird into a paranoid biter if I have to force-feed a medication to her willing or not. This happened with a female eclectus I had. She learned quickly why I was coming for her after about 2 days of force-feeding medication and she became very wary, resentful, and biting. I don’t want that to happen with this Mealy.
Question is, has anyone had results with a specific diet to get an old amazon’s cholesterol under control?