Symptoms of my mitred conure

by Sharon
(Louisville Ky)

My female mitred conure has been having seizures and also the following sysptoms: cold beak and feet, shakes her head from time to time like she has something in her ears or like she is trying to clear her head, her whole body trembles. The vet thought the seizures were caused by lack of calicum and we have been giving her calcium - I thought maybe it was hypoglacemia.

She gets a glassy look in her eyes when this happens and doesn't respond. She gets the Calcionate syrup. But she still has the coldness and the shaking of the head and trembling of her body. I have been kepping a infrared lamp on her as well as light to substute the sun.

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Aug 20, 2011
Conure having seizures
by: The Avian Vet

Only a few things can cause seizures. Toxins such as lead are very common. Infection can also cause them as well as cancer. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), diabetes, and low calcium (hypocalcemia) are also common. Quite often it is epilepsy with unknown origin. This may be controllable with medication. I see seizures relatively often. They are difficult to diagnose.

It does not sound like this is a calcium deficiency, but what does your bird eat? If not pellets, then calcium deficiency can be a contributing factor if not the root cause. If the calcium is not helping, or she is on pellets, Harrison's or Roudybush, then you should stop giving the calcium. You might consider taking him to a specialist for a second opinion.

Dr B

Aug 19, 2011
Conure getting worse
by: Tracie

I am sorry, it just seemed as if your vet was just guessing. Hopefully Dr B will have a test to suggest that your vet can run.

Aug 19, 2011
Response to Tracie
by: Sharon

My Conure is currently under the care of the best avian vet in this town and he hasn't seen this type of problem before. I have had my conure for 22 years and she was three years old when we got her and he has been her doc for the 22 years that we have had her. He has been treating these issues for the last two years. I was hoping to find someone that might have symptoms similiar to my birds because her sysptoms are getting worse.

Aug 18, 2011
Conure having seizures
by: Tracie

You need to Find an Avian Vet for your bird, so you can get a diagnosis instead of guessing what might be wrong.

Dr B would only be guessing too, and that will not help your bird at all. Hopefully you will find an avian vet that will run some tests and help your bird.

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