Did my African Grey have a stroke or seizure?
by Sarah Kersey
I have a 23 year old African Grey named Heather. I have been noticing over some time that her breathing has become slightly labored. One night, she suddenly fell off her perch and was out of breath. She had lack of balance and was weak. The next day she appeared to be better, she was still eating and drinking and whistling like usual.
I kept my eye on her and I have noticed that she has been sleeping more than usual and is sleeping on both feet rather than one and she has been leaning on her left side. She doesn't move around her cage as much and hardly comes out of her cage to perch outside. I've also noticed that her left talon seems to been more contracted than the right, esp. when she does come outside of her cage.
After she fell off her cage, I called a couple of vets and neither one seemed to help. Plus, I didn't want to take her to the vet at the time because it was below zero temp. outside. I want to get her a physical exam but going to the vet stressed her out even more and I am afraid that the vet will think she is worse than she really might be.
Are the symptoms Heather is displaying signs that she had a stroke/seizure or perhaps a heart attack or any other health issue I may not know about?