Rainbow Lorikeet attacked by Dog

by Haleema

Hi, my Rainbow Lorikeet was unfortunately attacked by a dog recently, and had his entire tail feathers and some wing feathers torn out and damaged. We took him immediately to the vet that day and he has been prescribed antibiotics for 5 days. Today is the fourth day since the attack, and he is still very slow, does not talk, move and frolic as normal, and is still very traumatised. Moreover, his eye colour used to be a dark amber-orange before(the colour of his eyes when he is happy), but it is now a grey-blue (representing angry/sad/low sentiments).

I know it's too soon for his psychological and physical recovery, but what do you think we should do now? Vet suggested we give him plenty of fresh water, formula and fruit every day, which we are, but is there any additional way of normalising him? Thank you so much!

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Jan 21, 2012
Lory attacked by dog still ill
by: The Avian Vet

First, there is very likely to be internal injuries that have not been addressed. It may also be that the right antibiotics were not used. It has only been a very short time and recovery can take weeks. Did you have x-rays done to check for internal problems? Do you provide supportive care such as heat?

Dr B

Jan 18, 2012
Rainbow Lorikeet attacked by Dog
by: Linda

You did not say if you took him to an Avian Vet or not. Only an Avian Vet is licensed and trained to diagnose and treat birds. Dog and cat vets have not gone the extra years to school to be come licensed in the care of the exotics.

There may very well be broken bones here, and you did not mention xrays which will have to be done to see the extent of the damage. What I imagine is your bird is in a great deal of pain, so take him to an Avian Vet and request xray of wings and lower spine. Birds' bones are hollow and very easily cracked, so you have to have bird xrayed to see if any bones are fractured. Keep in mind, your bird is in pain which indicates there is more than mental trauma gong on here.

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