by Pat MacLean
(Kitchener, On, Canada)

One of my love birds Charlotte seems to have some sort of seizure once a month or so. She flops over, loses her balance and falls on the bottom of the cage. I pick her up and hold her tight so she doesn't hurt herself. It lasts about 20 seconds and then she is fine. Her little heart is going a mile a minute.
What is the cause? Her partner Francis is fine actually she squawks at us to make us aware.

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Aug 17, 2010
bird seizures
by: birds4us

My love bird Toby also has had seizures every so often for the last year then they became more frequent. now he is getting them once or twice a day. I too would hold him till they stopped.

I noticed after the last one he had about 4 days ago he is not the same bird. he looks like he had a stoke or something he can bearly walk straight and cannot get on his perch. he just sits on the bottom of his cage and hardly eats.

he is in the same cage as his mate which has been parallized for the last 11 years and has always took care of her, she is now taking care of him.
by the looks of him I don't expect him to last through the summer as he doesn't eat alot, just sleeps. I know his mate is going to miss him alot.

Jun 02, 2010
Seizures in lovebirds
by: Anonymous

could it be parasites? if so how to treat?

Aug 16, 2008
Bird Seizures
by: The Vet

This is what Dr. B has posted before:

Seizures in birds can be difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat.

What is her diet? One of the causes is calcium deficiency. If she is not eating a pellet diet as 80% of what she ingests, then calcium deficiency is a good possibility.

If these seizures are categorized as 'idiopathic' any number of causes can be blamed - genetics, toxins, epilepsy and brain tumors, are just four of the common causes.

Depending on the etiology, control measures are possible. Some birds have done well on Phenobarbital as a control measures and even valium has been successful in some cases.

You should start with someone who can give her a complete avian neurological examination, then have blood work to test for calcium deficiencies, and lead and zinc poisoning, switch her diet to Harrison's pellets, and consider further diagnostics such as MRI or PET scans and some specialty hospitals may be able to do an EEG.

If you can determine a cause, then the appropriate treatment can be initiated.

Dr B

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