Cockatiel died .. a couple of questions
My cockatiel died on May 15th. He was with us for 15 years. He has never been to the vet but he was very well socialized and has been around a lot of different people. My mom took him to the vet the morning of his death just because she wanted to vet to check him out and he has arthritis so she wanted the vet to look him over. He was not showing signs of illness... he has been sick in the past and we know the signs. We usually feed him yogurt (as suggested by a avian vet when he was young) when he is sick.
My mom told me that Jake (my bird)was given two shots- a vitamin shot and a anti-inflammatory shot. The vet said he had a respiratory infection and she removed buildup from his nostrils. She then used water to flush it out. She used two full syringes with water. Jake seemed fine for awhile after the appointment. It was Saturday so the vet was not in later. That night she said he was showing signs of being sick but we thought he was just tired... as I said we are not novice bird owners. She was planning to call the vet and give him yogurt if he did not improve by morning.
He sat with my parents until it was his bed time... then he was gone the next morning. I know the vet was only trying to help. I am not blaming them. I was just wondering what might have happened based on the treatments? Do you think it was water intoxication? He was drinking that evening as well so we did not think he was seriously ill.. because he normally stops drinking.
He was fine before the appointment... it was just his first checkup. He was also fine for most of the day after the appointment. I know birds go downhill fast but it was really fast. I think knowing what actually happened would help give me peace. I do not want to have him autopsied... I am merely asking for the best guess. Thank you for your time, Terri Rose