Parrotlet with sudden both leg paralysis - eating chirping but no movement in legs

Katie is 9 months and vet has given medication to break down a toxic metal found in her stomach. Liver, kidneys and bloods are ok. But vet says after 6 days leg paralysis may be permanent , no paralysis elsewhere. Do I have her at home to see if she makes recovery over time, with all vitaminss and care? What if she deteriorates I don't want her to suffer? Can anyone suggest therapies or home treatment that has defied this awful paralysis? I am beside myself.

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Jun 28, 2012
Bird with paralysis
by: The Avian Vet

Time is the only way to see if treatment is going to work. IF your bird was diagnosed with metal toxicity, then the medication will get rid of that but metals can cause permanent neurological damage.

This can also be the result of trauma such as being stepped on or flying into a window. If there is no signs of improvement after a couple of weeks, then it is unlikely that it is going to get better.

I suspect her quality of life will be poor without the use of her legs. She will develop other problems such as difficulty passing droppings and keeping a dirty vent. Vitamins are not going to help, but she needs to be on a complete and balanced diet (pellets). Switching Birds To Pellets article

Dr B

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