Head Injury

by N
(Anaheim, CA)

Female Amazon flew full force into a window and is very disoriented. We are scared that if we take her to a vet, that they will euthanize her. Her mate is keeping an eye on her and preening her, He knows something is wrong.

She will not eat or drink.

What would (or could) a vet do to help a parrot with a head injury? (possible spinal injury?)

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Apr 19, 2009
by: N

She's finally back into the swing of things. It looked grim at first, but she has been improving a little everyday. Today she started the usual Amazon squawks. She's eating chopped apple and millet spray. Hopefully soon, she'll go back to more healthy foods.

Apr 16, 2009
by: Anonymous

Maybe you should try and give her water through a syringe. Birds don't digest milk products although a small amount probably won't hurt. Maybe you could add apple or orange juice to the water. My heart goes out to both of you. I wish you luck.

Apr 16, 2009
Amazon injury
by: Tracie

Thank you for the update. I am very sorry that you and your bird are going through this. I hope she recovers soon.

Don't beat yourself up. When birds are allowed out, and I think they should be, sometimes they nibble things that we never even dreamed were dangerous. I know of one lady that lost a bird because it apparently licked a figurine on her shelf. The bird got lead or zinc poisoning, I can't remember which.

Apr 15, 2009
by: N

We took her to the vet first thing today. The vet checked her eyes and they reacted to the light, and he said her heartbeat is good. He suspects that she have have been accidently poisoned and her gave her an injection of Atropine and he also gave her IV Fluids.

He told us to keep her in her hospital cage today. He says she should be fine IF she eats and drinks. She wont drink water for me now, but she drank a couple tiny sips of milk.

I cooked her an egg and she had a few really tiny pieces.

She really doesn't look good and I am a complete mess. Her eyes are really dark and half closed and she looks like she's having a hard time keeping her head up, and her head slowly bobs backward. I wish I could help her more.

Apr 15, 2009
Bird flew into window and is injured
by: Tracie

You can not wait for Dr. B to answer this. He has a busy practice along with teaching at a university and sometimes doesn't answer questions for a few days. We only accept non-emergency questions and this is an emergency.

Please find an avian vet ASAP, even if you have to drive some distance. At least make the call to an avian vet and get some direction quickly for your bird.

I hope everything turns out alright for your bird. I am sorry this happened and I know you must feel terrible.

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