Another eye problem, another vet visit

Posted in Humor, Medical, Sanctuary Spotlight at 12:21 am by ACR&S


The oldest animal in my house is KiWeed, a 26 year old male cockatiel. He was surrendered to me in 2000, before I was really even an official rescue, due to aggression and biting.  He had significant damage to the right side of his head, including a misshapen nare and a cataract in his eye, probably due to being attacked by a cat in his youth. He ended up being a funny, pleasant bird, whose primary vice is attacking poking fingers (he has no problems with fingers as long as they are shaped like perches, and he has no problems with being kissed).

KiWeed is pushing the upper end of a normal cockatiel lifespan, so when he gets sick we always expect the worst. On Saturday, when I went in to wake him up, I noticed that his bad eye was watering and he was repeatedly rubbing that side of his face. With Chester’s eye problem fresh on my mind, I rushed KiWeed to the emergency vet, expecting that his old injuries were finally going to cause him to lose his eye or his life. All sorts of probabilities ran through my mind – tumor, infection, traumatic injury, you name it. Three hours and$300 later, we had our diagnosis:

A really big booger.

That’s right, KiWeed had nothing more than a stuffy nose (admittedly, probably due to a tiny fleck of food getting in there) and it was bothering him enough to cause the eye watering and the face rubbing. The vet flushed out the booger with saline, and we went on our merry way with no further difficulties.


  1. Jenn said,

    April 14, 2009 at 11:31 am

    You should have kept the booger in a little jar — that’s an expensive booger!

  2. Celia said,

    April 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Another lesson! I just told all my guys (and gals): no boogers- especially the $300 variety!

    KiWeed, you are a lucky bird…to have both good health and a mama who attends to even your most costly boogers… if only all birds were so fortunate.

  3. Jan Moretz Lowry said,

    May 2, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I will never look at my dogs snot the same way again…