01-09-2016, 07:32 PM
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  • Crag
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We came home just a few minutes ago from an 8 hour outing and my cockatiel is laying on the cage floor, panting. She was fine when we left and we can't figure out what is wrong with her. She is 12 years old, and seemed in perfect shape when we left.

The vets in our area don't see birds and so I'm afraid she is going to die before we can take her to an avian vet.

Her cage floor has yellow scat in it, but everything else seemed normal this morning. The internet says yellow scat points to liver problems, but so quickly?Any ideas? I'm at a complete loss.

She is also very aggressive toward me and she has never been like that before.

Thanks for anything...

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 01-09-2016, 07:41 PM
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Monitor breathing , if you can get it off its back without stressing it out do so, you don't want to stress it out right now so just if you can get it no lay on its side or belly then you'd be better off. 

I have a friend that's all into birds right here ,said it sounds like an infection. He is not a veterinarian, though he's just going from what you typed and his expiernce with birds, he said if you can get it to a 24 hour vet that'd be wise .

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 01-09-2016, 07:57 PM
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Ok. I'm right next to her and she is now standing, but still breathing very hard. We've called all over, I'll be going to San Diego tomorrow morning. Hope she makes it through the night...

Thanks!

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 01-09-2016, 09:39 PM
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did she get something out of the ordinary to eat before you left?

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 01-10-2016, 12:15 AM
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No, just pellet and a sprig of millet like always. I've fed her millet from this bag for two weeks and the pellet bag is maybe 3 weeks old. Her waterer was full and is clear. She does have chronic polyuria, but never with symptoms like this.

I thought maybe she was laying an egg, but I couldn't feel it like I normally can. She is also very aggressive now, when she has never been before. I hand raised her.

The only thing I can think of is the heater was set at 74 all day, but it's usually at least that warm in here daily and she isn't under the vent.

Everything is just as it has been for the past three months. The Vet in San Diego said it could be her advanced age. According to her, birds of this age can decline very rapidly, where only hours before they seemed normal.

So sad to see her like this...

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 01-10-2016, 05:03 AM
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Did you introduce any new toys, specifically metal? Does she have a metal bell or anything? If so check to make sure there are no flakes or anything missing from the bell or cage. That could actually poison a bird if injested. Happened to my sisters. I hope everything turns out ok. Good luck and keep us posted.

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 01-10-2016, 12:40 PM
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Sad to say this, but my poor Petie passed away this morning before we could get to the vet.  We had her since she was a fledgling 12-years ago and I hand fed her for a super life-bond.  She had one clutch which I gave away to friends and had not been mated since.  When we got to the Vet this morning she looked at her, and stated she likely died from a cardiac issue, but without a necropsy it would be hard to tell for sure.

I brought her home and buried her under her favorite tree.  She was one of a kind, and could say words likes, "Love", and "Wings".  She could also whistle the tune for Phineas and Ferb, which my kids watch every morning.

I'm not heartbroken because she had a wonderful life, but just sad that we couldn't do anything for her at the end.  My kids helped me bury her so they could say goodbye properly.

Thanks for all of the ideas and thoughts.

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 01-10-2016, 12:42 PM
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Sorry to hear man. Losing a pet is very difficult.

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 01-10-2016, 01:31 PM
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oh that is indeed sad. i've lived with parrots for decades and they are a great joy in life.

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 01-10-2016, 01:34 PM
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Wow I'm really sorry to hear about that... Time will heal but right now just cherish those memories.

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 01-10-2016, 01:44 PM
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Very sorry to hear...my wife and I lost our 10 year old Himalayan about a year ago and we still miss him very much. We find it comforting that we celebate his life daily. It was difficult at first but then we began to remember all the amazing times we had with him, it continues to bring smiles to our face. Losing a loved one is never easy and having parrots in the house I will one day face this....sending you good vibes buddy.

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 01-10-2016, 01:46 PM
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I'm a bird guy too. Presently with an African Gray. So I know what a high reward pet they can be. I'm sorry man.

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 01-10-2016, 01:48 PM
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Sorry for your loss.

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 01-10-2016, 02:23 PM
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I feel with you Matt. My thoughts are with you.

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 01-10-2016, 02:47 PM
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I'm so sorry for your loss, but am happy that you had 12 good years with her.

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 01-10-2016, 03:34 PM
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Sorry for your loss. Glad you have the years of fond memories with her. God bless.

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 01-10-2016, 03:48 PM
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I'm very sorry for your loss. It's amazing the bonds that can be tied between us and our pets and twelve years is a long time to have had with her. I am sure you will miss her routine.
I've also hand reared a few animals and it always cuts so much deeper. Like you said, you gave her a good life and cared deeply for her, that's something to be proud of and take much solace from.

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 01-10-2016, 04:45 PM
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Thanks everyone!

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 01-10-2016, 05:19 PM
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Matt-

What an untimely passing.

Our cockatiel will be 21 years old this spring and, knock wood, still quite healthy. He's been part of the family, so I feel your emotion.
My condolences to you and your family. Losing a much loved pet is a heart-rending event.

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 01-10-2016, 05:40 PM
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The most traumatic pet losses I've gone through was with dogs and birds.  They are pets, friends, companions, and part of the family.  My suggestion, wait a few weeks/months, then get another bird.  Good luck to you and the family.

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