regrowth of tail feathers and constantly holding left foot

My Lovebird has recently been attacked by my dogs. He has lost all his tail feathers and is constantly holding his left foot. What will happen when he regrows his tail feathers and should I take him to see a vet?

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Dec 31, 2013
regrowth of tail feathers and constantly holding left foot
by: Anonymous


Birds are fragile. Your little guy is lucky he was able to survive the attack.

Your bird doesn't show illness and injury like a dog or cat will. There could be additional things wrong with him that you cannot see!

Please, he needs to get seen by an avian vet right away!

I wish you best of luck, and health to your little one.

Dec 31, 2013
injured bird
by: Alex

Yes, the bird may have injuries that you have not noticed,and if so,the bird will need to be treated and prescribed ant-biotics.

If the bird was caught by a claw or came in t contact with teeth or saliva, then the bird will also need meds.

Saliva from humans and animals contain very harmful bacteria and viruses for a bird.

The bird will need to be kept away from the dogs and given time to recuperate from its traumatic experience.

Birds MUST be supervised when out of the cage at all times, regardless of whether alone, or with other animals, even if they appear to get on.

Once the bird has been examined and treated, watch out for signs of stress or shock, both of which kill birds.

Some signs to watch out for:
- Continued open beak breathing
- Prominent tail bobbing
- Excessive sleeping
- Clumsiness
- Looks sleepy a lot
- Loss of appetite
- Screeching when left alone or in the dark (nightlight at night may help)
- Bleeding
- Behaviour changes
- Self mutilation

This list is not exhaustive.

The bird is likely to be fearful of anyone or anything after the trauma it went through. Just give it time and do not force the bird in to anything.

Your first port of call, needs to be an avian vet.

Write back and let us now how the bird gets on.

Thanks for getting in contact.

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