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Living with PDD...
Proventicular Dilatation Disease
is fatal. As it stands now, the only option we have to help keep our PDD-infected or exposed birds alive is supportive care. We owe it to our birds to do
everything possible to help maintain the best quality of life in this tragic situation.
What is Living with PDD About?
keeping a sterile environment around
compromised immune systems.
not carrying infections to and from the pet
store when we pick up food, or the vet's office when we bring our birds in
for testing and treatment.
supporting research on various treatments for PDD.
Some experimental treatments appear to be helping some PDD-infected birds.
supporting ongoing PDD research. There will
be no chance for definitive treatment results without this research.
supporting reliable means of diagnosis research.
This desperately needs to be developed so that we can determine whether
treated birds still carry this killer disease
The stories shared here are the sole unedited feelings, thoughts, opinions and insights of loving caregivers who are fighting this disease with their companions and flocks on a daily basis.
Published unaltered with permission from Lisa Irving, author of the story
(article was published in Bird Talk Magazine April 2004).
miss the update to Merlin's story!
Meet Chile, living with PDD...
with permission from John Stuedle, author of the story.
Read their story
- Coco the African Grey...
In November 2003, Coco was diagnosed as a likely victim of PDD. Shortly after this dreadful discovery, Coco's caregiver began keeping a diary detailing their struggle with this tragic disease. Although it only covers a short period of Coco's life (November
2003-March 2004), the diary is a lasting tribute to the patient, enduring love that exists between parrot and caregiver.
Read their story
Meggie Lost the PDD Battle
In the earliest stage of this site, Meggie's story was the cornerstone of
Living with PDD. Her family's valiant fight against PDD was an inspiration to us all. Though she has left us, her story still sparks hope in our hearts.
We wish Meggie's family peace, and look forward to the day when a proven cause and a treatment for PDD is found.
Please visit our PDD FAQ for more detailed information about PDD, reviewed by Matthew S. Johnston, VMD, ABVP.
This group is open to all who are dealing with PDD, have dealt with PDD or want to learn more about PDD.
Living with PDD Support Group -
AHN has had many requests to start a support group for owners who have been affected by PDD (Proventricular Dilatation Disease). The Living with PDD group is a place for anyone whose life
has been touched by PDD to share their feelings, information and offer support. If you know of someone you'd like to invite to one of these lists, please ask them to contact us.
We sincerely hope that this group will help fill the need for emotional and practical support.
Information on the Web...
- Other birds who are living with PDD
Share your Story...
Have a story to tell? Please contact us if you would like to have your story included in "Living with PDD" or on the PDD Memorial Quilt.
PDD touches the lives of companion birds, pet owners, family members, aviculturists, veterinarians
and everyone who enjoys exotic and domestic birds.
Hope is the thing
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all
And sweetest in the Gale is heard
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm
I've heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest Sea
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb of Me.
- Emily Dickinson -