Leg Paralysis

by Joe
(New Hampshire)

We have a two year old Brown Headed Parrot. About a month ago she got paralysis in her right foot, the left foot soon followed. We rushed her to the vet who is still doing tests but cannot find anything. She (we think) is not matire do egg problems were riled out. The avian vet x-rayed her foot and found nothing. The vet then put her under anethesia to do a full set of x-rays that again revealed nothing. She has no mobility at this point and is starting to lose weight as she cannot even get to her food. We have been hand feeding her and giving her water. The vet has her on three medicines and we are giving her vitamins as well but we have seen no improvement. We are now considereing our options as our once full of life companion has no real quality of life. Anyone have any ideas of what may be wrong that we are missing?

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Dec 16, 2010
Response
by: Anonymous

Thank You so much for your concern, but sadly she passed away. :( But I do pray she's in a better place now!

Dec 15, 2010
Update 12/15
by: Joe

We got the test results today and they were negative for Asper. The Xrays showed an enlarged spleen and kidneys. She took a major turn for the worse and stopped eating and became very lethargic. Droppped 10g in 2 days. After a consultation with our vet, we decided to put her to sleep tonight. They are going to do an autopsy to try and determine the cause but we may never know. Sad night here but it was the right thing to do R.I.P Kiwi

Dec 07, 2010
Parakeet
by: Anonymous

My parakeet, Tweety (8 year old female) seems to have the same problem as well. The vet told us she has a tumor in her leg. Surgery is very hard and at this time she is limping and cannot use her right leg. I have read and concluded that she may have paralysis and I fear it might the same with you. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do and will let her live her fullest.

Dec 03, 2010
New info
by: Joe

Had a long phone consultaion with our vet today. She is reccomending an endoscopy. We are waiting to find out the cost to see if we can manage it.

She said it will rule out a few things tha she may be able to recover from. We will have to see how this test comes out

Dec 02, 2010
Bird leg paralysis
by: The Avian Vet

This is going to be a difficult case. Certainly I would test for lead and zinc. I would also get digital x-rays done if they have not already been done. I would consider trauma as well. A thorough neurological exam is important. Check to see If the cloaca has tone and reacts to a small pinch. If the cloaca is affected then I would expect this to be more serious, possibly trauma to the spinal cord. We could also be dealing with a mass such as a tumor or granuloma.

Dr B

Dec 01, 2010
Response
by: Joe

The full body x-rays that they did was supposed to rule out any egg binding issues.

She has never been DNA tested pr been tested for lead or zinc poisoning.

Only other symptoms really started after the leg paralysis and seem to be related to that. Picking at her legs and feather, a loss of weight.

We don't have blood test results that I can share. We got the latest test results today for any microbacterium and it came up negative.

Dec 01, 2010
additional Info
by: Joe

I think they did the full body X-rays to rule out the egg problems. She has not been DNA or poison tested.

Other than the feet, we really have not noticed much. She is tired but on a lot of medication and does not really like her new fish tank cage. She is also starting to pluck some, under her belly and legs but we think that is just due to the foot issue.

We do not have any results to share from the vet at this point.

Nov 30, 2010
Bird with paralysis
by: The Avian Vet

First let me say that she is old enough to have an egg or other reproductive problems. Second, you need to have her DNA sexed so you can rule in or out egg issues. Without DNA, you cannot know for sure (unless she does lay an egg, and you do not have time to wait for that). Have you tested for lead poisoning, or zinc poisoning? Do you have some blood values I can look at? Does she have any other symptoms?

Dr B

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