Parrot Nose Bleeding

by Graham
(Ontario, Canada)

My friend adopted an 8 month old blue quaker parrot one week ago. She brought him to the vet to get him checked out and to have a blood test done. The vet said that he looked healthy and took the blood sample. After one hour when they were at home, the bird started to bleed from the nostrils. He lost a fare amount of blood, and it eventualy stopped. He started to look like he was doing alright, and then when she went to take him out and clean up the blood, he fell into her hands and died. What happened here? I have several parrots myself, and have never seen or heard of this thing before. Could something have gone wrong at the vet that started the bleeding. Please help. Thank you.

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Nov 09, 2017
rough handling
by: Alex

This also happened with my Lucie right in front of my eyes. The vet tech chased Lucie around in the crate, instead of waiting for her to come on her hand, whereby Lucie frantically tried to escape and hit her head various times. Once I reached in there with my finger, she was already bleeding. Now I am extremely angry and sad, worried that she may die because of her injury. Still sitting at the vet and waiting for improvement.

Jun 19, 2016
by: Anonymous

then the vet should be held responsible. it shouldn't have happened and also they are vets and would know the signs so why didn't they warn you or even explain ? hello........?

Mar 13, 2014
by: Anonymous

I realize this is an old post but I had (almost) this exact experience 2 days ago.... 8 mo old blue the vet....same exam, blood work....after getting home (1 hour later) a nose bleed. Of course, by now the vet office is closed. Fortunately, the bleeding eventually stopped and the bird is back to it's normal self, eating, drinking, chattering. Can a bird get a nose bleed from being stressed?

Jun 26, 2010
Parrot bleeding after blood drawn
by: The Avian Vet

This is something that occasionally happens and I have have had it happen to me. The bird likely had a clotting problem, usually related to a poor diet. Typically when we draw blood, we use the jugular in the neck. If the blood does not clot it can drain in to the cervical air sac and then out the nose or mouth.

Dr B

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