African lovebird legs no longer work, possible stroke

by Sophie
(Texas)

We have a rescue Peach faced Lovebird from the RSPCA, so we are unsure of her age.
About three weeks ago her legs stopped working properly, and she has had much difficulty walking and perching since. Her feet can grip but not very firmly and her balance seems off.

Obviously we took her straight to our avian vet, who did every test they had available. Her bloodwork was ok, her liver and kidneys slightly inflamed, but nothing serious. Her calcium was slightly down, which we've since been supplementing.

She had excessive bacteria in her poo, which she was given antibiotics for. Since last week she has taken to coughing (like she wants to vomit), followed by a sneeze. She does this often.
Also her poo is abnormally large and she strains to get them out.

We have been back to the vet, she had excessive bacteria in her throat so she is on more antibiotics and an anti inflammitory.

We have made changes to her cage like lowered perches, and put Perspex on the floor so she doesn't fall through.

Our vet has told us it is either a stroke or a brain tumor. We are very concerned about our little girl.

Our Avian vet is amazing but I'm curious if I should get a second opinion?

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Jun 19, 2012
Lovebird possible stroke
by: The Avian Vet

This is a serious condition that needs immediate veterinary care.

Supplementing calcium is very tricky. You cannot take it lightly because it can easily be over dosed. The only way to ensure that your bird has complete and balanced nutrition is to feed a pellet diet.

Do you know that this is definitely a female? Was she DNA sexed? Has she ever laid eggs? The coughing and sneezing may be related to the medication. What kind of bacteria is in the poo?

Throat cultures are OK, but do not get to the basis of her original presenting signs.

You said, "Our vet has told us it is either a stroke or a brain tumor. We are very concerned about our little girl." These are certainly two differentials, but there are other rule outs too.

I think that your veterinarian can finish the work up. You need at least some x-rays.

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