Amazon Parrot Head Injury Post-Trauma

by Caroline Mahomar

Hi, my yellow-napped parrot had an accident 5 days ago. She was hit on the back of her head and lost a little bit of her yellow feathers. I took her to the emergency vet and she did not break her bones or have a outer injury. The fist 24 hours post trauma she had both her eyes closed, but fully conscious, eating and talking.

After the swelling went down, she opened one eye and the next day the other eye. Her eyes began to dilate a couple hours later but she has not recover her sight. She does react to light and darkness but she does not see anything. She follows us because her hearing is very sensitive.

We fed her in her mouth the first days, but now she looks for her own food in her plates. She is very active and going back to normal. I want to know if there is a possibility that she will recover her sight??

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Aug 20, 2012
Amazon blind from injury
by: The Avian Vet

Her sight may or may not return. Only time will tell. But medications can be given that will improve her chances. I recommend that you have your bird examined again to determine her prognosis. You may even consider going to an avian specialist. Are you giving your bird any medications? Pain management is very important. It is also important that medications be administered to reduce swelling in the brain. Do not put any heat on your bird. This will make the swelling worse.

Dr B

Aug 19, 2012
Amazon Parrot head Injury Post-Trauma
by: Anonymous

I have to admit, I am curious as to how the bird was hit on the back of the head.

Sometimes when a human has a head injury and loses sight from it, it can take several months even years for the sight to come back. I would assume it could be possibly the same for a parrot. However I am not a vet.

My avain vets are really great, I can email them with concerns and they call me back by the end of the business day, no cost. But I take my birds in for yearly exams regularly.

I would try calling the vet that you took your bird to, or emailing them, and asking them about her sight if it will return.
Possibly a second vet visit might be in order for the vet to re-examine the bird, and look at her eyes. Honestly only a vet who is able to examine or has recently examined your bird for this can give you the answers you're looking for.

Question is, if the eyesight doesn't return, are you going to be able to care for a "special needs" bird? It will require special care. If you're not able to, please find a sanctuary that will be able to accomedate her needs.

I wish you luck and hope the bird regains her/his sight.

Aug 19, 2012
Amazon Parrot Head Injury Post-Trauma
by: Linda

First of all, you did right by taking her to an emergency vet since this was an emergency. In order to find out more about her injury, you now have to take her to an AVIAN VET ONLY so they can examine her and do some tests to see the extent of the damage to her eyes. Do not take her back to the emergency vets unless they have an avian vet on staff because birds have to be treated by an avian vet only, and the regular dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained to care for birds. She may regain her sight, and no one will be able to tell you any more until she is examined by the avian vet.

Let us know what avian vet has to say about her, and we wish you all the very best possible outcome.


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