respitory - bird died

by p. darrien

my grey died last year, she was bout 12 y o. i came home from work at 10 pm and she seemed to be weezing but with no obvious discharge etc, i spent the night with her and she settled down and when i left for work next day at 1 she seemed fine. i came home that night to find her dead on bottom of cage.

i buried her but now realise i should have visited vet for exact cause of death. is there a set rule or law regarding this and what could have been posible cause of death, especially with avian flu etc

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Apr 11, 2011
Question about bird death
by: The Avian Vet

I am sorry for your loss. Avian flu is not a differential. We do not have a strain of avian flu in this country that would cause this in parrots.

We can only speculate what killed your bird since we do not have any pre-mortem examination finding, nor do we have a necropsy (animal autopsy). There are no laws or regulations to compel owners to have exams or necropsies. However, it is vital that sick birds be seen immediately, and deceased bird should be examined as well to determine cause of death.

Wheezing is generally a symptom of respiratory distress or disease. Toxic fumes are generally the cause for this. Such as Teflon, candles, aerosols, house cleaners, bleach, etc. These symptoms are also consistent with an infection. Chronic nutritional deficiencies often play a roll in respiratory disease. Vitamin A deficiency commonly contributes to lung disease.

Your bird may have had a sinus infection, also exacerbated by nutritional deficiencies. Birds need to eat a diet that is 80% pellets, 20% treats. The pellets should be a healthy brand, like Harrison's or Roudybush. These are my best guesses without more information and history.

Dr B

Apr 10, 2011
respitory - bird died
by: Linda

Without a necropsy done by an Avian Vet, there is no way to know what killed your bird. I would be very wary of taking in any more birds because some viral infections live on and on in a place.


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