Double Yellow Head- Tried Killing Himself After Wing Surgery- Is this normal?
by Kat Kiel
Double Yellow Head Amazon
I had a double yellow head age 32, he had been my pet for 29 years. A year ago (2011) on Christmas I noticed his wing hanging, took to the vet and he had a fracture in the smal bones. They taped him up for a few weeks and after if was removed he apperared fine.
Exactly one year later I noticed his wing hanging again... my regular vet didn't have anyone to see him so I was refereed to another vet. I got an appointment right away, they review the previous year's xrays and took new ones, the fracture was still there.
Given options of pain meds and letting it try to heal or surgery, I opted for surgery. They placed external pins in the wing to hold it in place, we had weekly recheck visits, everything was prceeding well. Then on 1-17-13, they were to re xray to dertemine if the wing had healed and would remove the external pins.
I left him there, they called and said all looked well and that I could come and pick him up in a few hours. Then I get a call that he had some how complete broken a major bone to the point it was sticking out of his skin, the vet called of course another surgery was in order. I received a call about an hour later to tell me that when he awoke from the second surgery that he was very aggitated and biting at the new wound area ( "like he was trying to kill himself"), I was told he had broken 2 major vessels and that they were trying to stop him from bleeding out before they decided what further to do with the wing. I hadn't heard from them in over an hour I called and was told he had passed. This is a very reputable vet clinic, I have a very sick feeling that he was not watched properly for something like this to happen. I know this isn't going to bring him back but if I can help one other bird owner his life would not have been in vain!
Question: Would a double yellow head try to kill himself after surgery? any additional thoughts on the entire situation is sincerely appreciated!
In loving memory of EWOK!