Puzzled by sudden death of Blue & Gold Macaw
(Los Angeles, CA USA)
My blue & gold macaw (Freeway) was approx. 40 yrs old. (I had him for 32 yrs) The other night I heard terrible squawking, rushed to his room to find him on the floor, on his back and what seemed to be a seizure. I noticed he had vomited and that it contained undigested sunflower seeds. Rushed him to emergency where they gave him a couple shots of valium (I think) to help stop the seizure. It did not help. They kept him overnight but no better in the A.M. His temp rose to 107 and he was burning up. We had to euthanize him.
I am in complete shock.
He had been his usual self; no previous symptoms that he was ill. Ate & drank during the day, poop looked normal. Nothing had changed in his environment. For the past 20 years his cage has been in an enclosed sunroom(not too cold/not too hot) which was located off of the family room, so he was always visible. My cat slept in the same sunroom. Litter box was up high on a cedar chest, so that the bird could not explore. So I know it wasn't anything to do with that. Nothing toxic that was out there.
Again, there was nothing different. Keep beating myself up about what could have happened? The only thing that the bird sometimes did, was to try to come down and get into the cat's dry food. I would catch him and chase him back up his cage.
I guess I am in shock since I thought 40 was fairly young for a macaw and I saw no ill symptoms and it was all so sudden!
Emergency vet suggested that it might have been a brain tumor. But wouldn't the bird have demonstrated some signs of that before? Do you think his nibbling on the cat food might have caused something?