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Online Journal of Veterinary Research


Volume 21(11):710-713, 2017.

Crop fistula in a parrot fed microwaved food by syringe.


Niloofar Seydi*, Ali Ghashghaii.


Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran., *Corresponding author:




Seydi N, Ghashghaii A., Crop fistula in a parrot fed microwaved food by syringe, Onl J Vet Res., 21(11):710-713, 2017. A one-year-old male parrot presented with lethargy, inappetence and a fistula exuding food between crop and skin, The bird had had a history of being fed microwaved food by syringe for 4 months. The bird was prepared for aseptic surgery anesthetized with 2mg/kg midazolam and 20mg/kg ketamine, restrained in dorsal recumbence. After achieving stable anesthesia, feathers were removed and the site cleaned with povidone iodine and saline solution. Skin between both openings was incised and the crop located by passing a tube through the mouth. The crop was sutured by simple interrupted braided suture with No. 4/0 Cat gut, subcutaneous tissue by simple continuous, and skin by simple interrupted suture with No. 3/0 Nylon. The bird recovered 25 min after surgery, was discharged and treated daily for 5 days with 50mg/kg cephalexin, 4mg/kg carprofen and multivitamin per os. Crop fistula is a common ailment in Psittacine birds which might be due to accident, chronic irritation and improper feeding. The findings suggest that parrots should be fed through the proventriculus and not given microwaved or hot food.


Key words: Crop, Fistula, Parrot, Feeding