Cockatiel with paralyzed legs
(Hood River, OR)
We have had our cockatiel, Sheila, for 12 years. She is very small, about 75 grams when healthy. She is not a cronic egg layer, but she did have egg peritonitis about 5 years ago and survived.
A little less than 2 months ago she started losing grip with her left foot. We took her to our local vet, who does have avian experience and the x-ray revealed that she had an egg stuck in her, way up high. She went to an avian hospital and had surgery. The egg was very rotten and they were not able to perform a hysterectomy and a large piece of the shell was also not removed. Additionally she had a perforated uterus.
We brought her home and she was doing better, but then took a turn for the worse plus started exhibiting mating behavior. We brought her to our local vet and she was incubated and received celebrex and antibotics. Anyway, after a little less than a week she became paralyzed in both legs.
We brought her home in an incubator that our vet loaned us. The bird can only move with its wings and beak. She is very sweet and we love her dearly. However, I think that whatever is wrong with her is going to kill her eventually. She drags her legs behind her and determinely struggles to get to her food dish, water and to look out the incubator window. We take her out to give her medicine and to give her personal contact.
Can there be any positive outcome for our bird? Is it cruel to keep her alive?