Should I put my lovebird to sleep?

by Hilary
(Australia)

I have a peach face lovebird that we have had for 12 years. I don't know how old she was when we first got her. She is going blind so no longer has free flight around the house. She is also sleeping much more than normal. Her droppings are runnier than previous. She is still eating well and making noises and getting around her cage OK. My question is should I have her put her to sleep as I don't know if she is suffering?

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Sep 08, 2011
Putting lovebird to sleep
by: The Avian Vet

I am sorry to hear that your companion is not doing well. I cannot tell you what is best for your bird. I recommend euthanasia when they are suffering, but most times owners are a better judge of that. If she is sleeping more and less active, that is generally a key sign that she is not feeling well. Constant diarrhea will also make her uncomfortable. Monitor her weight. If she is loosing, and she has these other symptoms, I think it is time to consider humane euthanasia.

Dr B

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