Did my African Grey have a stroke or seizure?

by Sarah Kersey
(Laramie, WY)

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?

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Jan 11, 2011
Bird seizure or stroke?
by: Tracie

What is more important here, is what is causing this behavior so you can save your bird. Knowing what happened will not help you, if you don't have a way to stop it.

Regular vets will not be much help and have been known to kill birds because of lack of knowledge and experience. Instead of calling, you really need to take your bird to an avian vet to find out what is wrong.

Find an Avian Vet

How cold it is outside will not matter. What you need to do is put your bird in a travel cage, or a bird safe container. Place a folded towel in the bottom. Then pre-heat your car, cover the container when you are moving it from your home to the car and from the car to the vet office.

If your bird is not eating a healthy pellet diet like Harrison's , then it is very possible that it has health issues causing this problem.

Let us know how your vet visit goes. Thanks for writing.

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