S/P Hyperthermic State In a Sun Conure

by Katie
(CA)

Compromised toe in front

Compromised toe in front

Compromised toe in front
Necrotic Frostbite toe must be ambutated
Foot Hurts & is tucked up

My little Frankie (Sun Conure) suffered a hyperthermic crisis which almost ended his life. I was quickly able to grab a heating pad and wrapped him up, he came too in about 30 min. Use of his feet were about anouther 30 min. This incidence occurred over 2 weeks ago.

One toe is frostbite & necrotic which will be amputated. The vet wanted to wait a little longer before doing surgery due to another toe which is possibly compromised.

My question is just how long does frostbite take to set in and is there anything to do to prvent further injury to the foot? One toe for sure will be ambutated next week, but still hoping I can save the other one if possible :( Any help from some birdie lovers are much needed & appreciated.

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Nov 29, 2011
Surgery Went Well for S/P Hypothermic W/Frostbite Conure
by: Anonymous

Today he had surgery, one toe amputated, #2 doxycycline 7 day injection and doing well. He thus far has left the dressing intact. I hope he has a speedy recovery so we can get back to usual life. This has been quite the ordeal for both of us. I've had several birds in the past & have never had an emergency/surgery. Although I knew how sensitive/fragile these little guys are, now it is a proven fact & lesson to the whole family. Note to all...keep your feathered friends dry, warm & safe this holiday season! Thank you Tracie for allowing me to post my story.

Nov 29, 2011
Sun conure with frostbite
by: Tracie

I wish I knew the answer, and I wish Dr B was available. For some reason he has not been available for answering questions lately. You might get a second opinion from another avian vet in your area that can examine the bird.

Nov 28, 2011
Necrotic Toe
by: Katie

My conure, was drenched with water by another member of my family,whom thought he needed a bath, then left in his cage to perch. What they were clearly not taking in account was the temperature in the house, which was 68 degrees. When I later came into the room I found my bird unconscious. My question wasn't meant to come accross as a way to prevent future frostbite. It was to ask if anyone knew how long it takes to complete the frostbite process once it hits and is there a way to heal it faster? Since its been 3 weeks now, I wouldn't thought the toes would be either healed or necrotic by now. I wanted help with that due to another toe being compromised...purplish in color but not necrotic. I'm trying to spare my baby from going under anesthesia twice if possible. My bird will be getting his necrotic toe amputated tomorrow.

Nov 28, 2011
Sun conure with frostbite
by: Tracie

I am glad you are taking the bird to an avian vet, but I am unclear why you want information about the possibility of future frost bite?

How did your bird get so cold in the first place? If you are not keeping your bird indoors when it is freezing outside, then you need to correct the outdoor aviary so that there is NO possibility of your bird getting too cold.

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