my parrot acts like it is choking or having trouble breathing

by jeanie

Our 18 year old parrot has these attacks where you can hear him making a wheezing like sound. We are not sure if he is choking or having trouble breathing.The attacks are getting more frequent each day. Any advice????

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Jan 07, 2016
The Truth Hurts
by: Anonymous

If your Parrot is deprived of water and possibly seed. Your first response is water and baby food. Inadequate Liquid can cause choking symptoms. Whatever you do, Do not try feeding any solid food.
The parrot is in stress and liquids are essential for survival. Being a Avion VET your Parrot will regurgitation of solid food can cause shock, high blood pressure and high probability of having heart attack. Try not to move bird in different positions, the stress can create heart attack. Lack of liquids can be fatal, and getting liquids back into parrot, keep bird very calm, do not move bird and get bird to VET immediately. Birds lacking water can kill them in 1 hour or less. Do not feed any solid seed, Baby food is OK and again see your VET now

May 08, 2012
my parrot acts like it is choking or having trouble breathing
by: Linda

Put very simply, your bird needs to be examined by an Avian Vet ONLY in your area. If you have to drive a ways, then be willing to do it. This is a very serious issue, and bird will not just get well without diagnosis and treatment. Your bird will die if left untreated. As birds age, it is important to take them in for exams at least once a year and more often if they are showing signs of illness as is this one.


May 08, 2012
Parrot having trouble breathing at times
by: Tracie

You will need to Find an Avian Vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

May 08, 2012
My parrot acts like it is choking or having trouble breathing
by: Peek-a-boo!

Sometimes when people have pets, they forget, or don't realize they can sometimes have the same medical issues as us.

My cat was diabetic, and on insuline shots 2ce daily. My cousins cat developed asthma.

It's possible that there's something in the air that is bothering your bird.
It can be many things. Such as smoking. People don't stop to think about what second hand smoke can do to thier pets. My cousin's cat got asthma due to her smoking. Another would be cleaners used that are areosol form. Or can be the powdery carpet stuff people use. Thing is, all this stuff goes into the air, and your bird has no way to get away from it. It could be causing him to have breathing issues such as asthma.

Another would be a food allergy. If he's eating something he's allergic to, this could cause his throat to swell, and result in trouble breathing. He could even have a dust allergy. My bird is allergic to my new computer chair, something it's made of causes her allergies to flare.

Since it's spring, it could be something in bloom, or bug spray that was used to control pests. Roaches, if a home is infested with them, can actually be deadly to someone with asthma.

Thing is, you need to get your bird to the Avian vet and have him examined, and get blood work done. The blood work will determine if he got a hold of toxic material, organ function, cell count, protein levels. It's a good place to start.

The vet should ask you about his nutrition, things in your environment, ETC. Answer honestly, so the vet can properly assess why your bird is having issues.

The longer you wait to get your bird to the vet, the higher the chances are of him dying. Please have the bird physically examined by an AVIAN vet. (not those dog and cat ones) Avian vets specialize in the health care of birds.

Good luck!

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