Did my parrot have a stroke?

by Christopher S. Wilson
(Lakeland, Florida, U.S.A.)

I have a double yellow headed Amazon parrot and recently it has broken it's leg. He has a cast on and it's been about two weeks and the vet says it will be another two weeks until it comes off because the age of the bird being 25. I am concerned about the constant sitting still in one spot to do everything which isn't normal being very active before the accident. Also the other leg that is fine never gets used and the foot curles. Did a stroke occur or is this normal behavior for a parrot that has been hurt and is going through the healing process?

Clueless, A concerned parent.

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Oct 27, 2012
Lame foot on Eclectus
by: Marilyn

My 17 yr old eclectus suddenly couldn't walk and was holding his right foot up. I took him to the vet and they did x-ray which was negative for a fracture. He is still lame and eats OK, but is afraid to venture away from his cage. His foot is totally weak when I put my finger there. He cannot grasp my finger the way he does with the other foot. I have to bring him his water because he is afraid to move around due to being unable to walk on one side.

Did he have a stroke? If so, is there anything I can do. My vet is avian trained but not a specialist and there are no real avian vets down here in Augusta, GA.

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Apr 01, 2012
20 year old Quaker Parrot
by: Anonymous

My 20 year old parrot that is very active will full off her perch acting as if she is having a mini stroke. They last about 15 to 30 seconds and she climbs back to her perch as nothing has happen. Should I be concern ? Thank you

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Mar 13, 2011
I was wondering about this too.
by: George

My bird a Black-Capped Conure fell down to the
bottom of his cage and let out this awful squeaking sound. Now he has a problem with movement and spends most of his time at the bottom of his cage under his food bowl. How long do they last and is there anything I can do for him????

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Oct 05, 2009
Bird with broken leg and possible stroke
by: The Vet

First, I do not believe that the bone will heal in four weeks. I never take a cast off before 6 weeks, especially in adult birds, and sometimes I leave them on for 8 weeks. I always monitor with x-rays to be sure it is healed enough to remove the cast. I am concerned that this bird has on only a cast.

Was surgery done to put in a pin or other device? A cast alone will not support the bone enough in a bird as large as an Amazon.

As for the foot on the other leg, this is very concerning, because now he has no working legs. It may be a stroke, especially if you have a 25 year old Amazon that has been on a seed diet. It could be other causes, too. Go back to your vet for a recheck and let him or her know of this problem.

Dr B

Oct 01, 2009
Stroke
by: Linda

It does not sound like he is having a stroke. He is used to curling his toes around a stick, and there may be some spasms in his feet or foot.

What you need to do is call your vet and explain what he is doing. Vet may require you bring him in for a checkup or not. As for how long cast has to stay on leg, DO EXACTLY TO THE LETTER EVERYTHING YOUR VET TELLS YOU TO DO. Your bird's leg needs time to heal properly, and even after the cast is off, he will be vulnerable to breaking it again, so he is to be handled EXACTLY as vet prescribes.

So, call your vet and tell them about the foot curling as this could be first sign of a problem that needs taking care of.

Thanks for writing, and keep us posted on your bird's progress. A broken leg is a bad thing, and we wish your bird all the best in his healing process.

Linda

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