Mini Seizure or not?

Hello. We are the proud owners of a peach faced love bird, aged 13 years. Sunny (the bird) has been healthy for a long time. Then, a week ago he had a mini seizure of flapping wings, disorientation (he could not stand up), and then just lay completely still (being held by my mom) for an half an hour until he started to move again.

He has been fine, though seeming a little more tired than usual since then. However, just today, he had another episode with similar symptoms. Do birds have seizures? What could be the cause of this? Is this just a symptom of old age or should we seek veterinary care?

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Jun 11, 2014

I have a 5 year old Sun Conure named Giovanni. About 2 years ago, when in the Vets office for nail clipping and blood work, he had what I call a mini seizure. He has had these before after stimulation by a laser pointer.

About 3 months ago, he had a more serious one in reaction to our Bird Camp's attempt to trim him nails. We were not there, and the way it was described, it was clear that this seizure was more intense than the mini seizure we had witnessed.

We have not seen a vet for this.

We have added Calcium to his water bowls.

I have noticed that he has a mini-mini seizure now when he gets highly excited. What he does is he goes on a perch, or the top of his cage (at the office he is free-flight), and he grabs on and flaps his wings like crazy for a few seconds and then it is over.

I love my Vanni very much, and although I understand that seizure can be a problem that needs to be dealt with....I believe that whatever is causing his mini seizures and mini-mini seizures has its basis in excitation and/or heighten agitation from something happening to him (like nail clipping)-- my fear is that the same thing that happened to the woman who also wrote here (that is that her poor baby died within 10 minutes of leaving the vets office), will happen to us with our beloved Vanni.

It's possible that the excitation and/or fear of the vets office and the procedures would put him into a seizure that he would NEVER come back from.

At this point, he is a happy, fun, and healthy 5 year old Sun Conure. He baths himself regularly, has a good appetite, and drinks plenty of me, there's just to much of a risk in a negative reaction that could trigger something far more concerning and scary than the mini-mini seizures I see when he gets over excited.

Oct 02, 2010
by: JPH

Our 8 year old lovebird, Kiwi, had never been sick, but had his beak trimmed by an avian vet. Thirty days later, he exhibited these same symptoms as your bird (possible seizures?). We took him to the vet again, and she treated him for what she thought might be a bacterial infection and a fungal infection. She gave him 3 injections, 2 of which were an IV treatment in case he was dehydrated. He died 10 minutes after we left her office. Needless to say, we're heartbroken, and are now wondering if we should have sought treatment at all. Is it possible that he suffered "shock" from the treatment? Please write and let me know if your bird survived.

Jul 20, 2010
Bird having seizures
by: Tracie

Yes, your bird is having seizures. Dr B believes you need to get your bird to an avian vet soon, to find out what is causing this.

If you do not have an avian vet, you can look for one on our Find an Avian Vet page. There are some listed that have been suggested by readers, and also a couple links you can follow and do a search.

Let us know what you find out.

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