edp conure died at vet office
by Ed Payne
(Newport News, VA)
I removed my 13 yr old sun conure from its normal cage to clean the cage and to remove several "dud" eggs that she had been setting on for a couple of weeks, and placed her in a small holding cage. As I removed her, she was active and somewhat aggressive about being moved. Approximately 2 hours later, when returning her from the perch in the smaller cage to her primary cage, a distant of about 2 ft, she was unable to hold on to my finger and fell about 3 ft, without attempting to fly. I placed her in her big cage and onto her food bowl; she was trying to eat, but also at the same time, trying to hold on with both claws, and her beak; and she seemed distressed.
I took her to a local vet, who examining her felt that she was physically distressed, had hut her leg, and she was egg bound. She treated her with vitamins & liquids; then she anesthetized her and removed the egg. The parrot remained over night at the Vet Clinic.
This AM she was reportedly doing better and I went to pick her up late this afternoon. As the Vet was reviewing the bidding on her status, she noted that she could put weight on her right leg, if she needed to, but she normally preferred not to: I inquired if the leg was broken, and the Vet indicated that they had not taken an X-ray of it, but thought it was a good idea, and it would round out the examination; and left with the parrot. After some period of time, she returned to say that my parrot had died after being anesthetized--a procedure that I hadn't been informed of and had not anticipated.
In reviewing the situation with an experienced parrot rescue person, I was informed that for the little parrot to be anesthetized twice in a 24 hrs period was to much and the Vet should have know such.
Needless to say, I am extremely distressed at the situation and second guessing my decision to have my little bird's leg X-rayed....
Sorry for the long narrative, but I feel that the details are important.....Any help on this one....????