My roommate's Amazon parrot is shaky on his feet and doesn't leave his place (piece of wood), no walking around the cage etc. He/she looks kind of sick and is not as active. My roommate is coming back on Wednesday but I hope it will be okay until then. The parrot is around 50 years old.
Type of Animal: Amazon Parrot
Name of Bird: Pepe Lopez
Rally nothing, give some fresh fruit, apple.
I would recommend that you take the bird to an avian veterinarian. Birds tend to hide any signs of illness because in the wild showing signs of weakness would cause them to get eaten. Because of this a bird doesn't show any signs of illness until it is quite sick and therefore no longer to hide it anymore. Waiting until Wednesday (and the bird not actually seeing a vet until perhaps Thursday) could be too long to wait. The sooner a problem is recognized and treated the better, easier and cheaper it is to resolve.
Is there any way for you to talk to your roommate?
An avian veterinarian would do a thorough physical exam and the determine what diagnostic tests need to be done. These could include blood work (especially at this age), fecal and oral microscopic exams, x-rays, etc. Based on the results of these tests the correct treatment can be determined and started. If your roommate doesn't have a veterinarian for his/her bird yet, you can try to find one at aav.org and clicking on the binoculars on the left side of the page.
In the meantime, if he is appearing somewhat weak, I would recommend keeping him warm and in a quiet location until you can get him to a veterinarian. One good method to keep him warm would be to place him in a tupperware-like container with white towels on the bottom (they will show the true color of his droppings) and covered with another towel to keep in the heat. The entire container can be placed on a heating pad set to low. Check on him every so often to make sure that he is not overheating (panting, holding wings out). Shallow food and water dishes can be placed in there as well.
Another option is to cover most of his cage except the from with a towel or blanket and aim a heater towards him (being very careful not to cause him to overheat) or keep the cage (covered) in a warm room.
I don't know how well you know this bird or know what is normal for him. How long has this been going on? Is he eating and drinking normally? Are his droppings normal in color, size and shape? Is he breathing normally (increased respiratory effort is often seen as tail bobbing and/or open mouth breathing)? Have you noticed any discharge from his nose or mouth? Is he using both legs normally or is he putting more weight on one than the other? Is he holding his head normally?
Has anything changed in the house? Any new air fresheners, cleaning products, aerosols, smokers? Could he have possible chewed on any house plants or has he gotten into anything he normally doesn't?
If your roommate has had this bird for a very long time, I'm sure s/he would greatly appreciate it if you helped it get better. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask, or if you know the answers to any of the questions just above.
Good luck, I hope Pepe feels better soon!
Thanks for the information. First, I live in California..so it is very warm here, then I never would pick the bird up or touch him, he would try to defend himself if I approach him too close. Therefore, I would prefer NO
I live in California and therefore I think it is pretty warm for him. Second, I never have touched the bird and I think he would try to defend himself if I approach him too close. Two weeks ago, we had some construction in the house and it might have created some dust.
Sounds like keeping him warm (85 degrees) shouldn't be a problem, just make sure he isn't in the path of an a/c vent. Also, it should be fairly to find an avian vet in the area, there are a lot in California.
If you don't want to take him to a vet before your roommate gets home, I would recommend covering his cage as mentioned above and offering him his regular food as well as some extras if he isn't eating very well. You need to make sure that he is eating. You can offer him a variety of fruits and vegetables, small pieces of pancake, small amounts of rice, pasta, etc.
Hopefully he does ok until your roommate gets home, I would recommend updating him if possible and he can give you suggestions as far as what his favorite foods may be. Maybe your roommate can call his vet and arrange for an appointment for as soon as he gets home rather than wait until he gets home to call, since that may postpone the appointment further.
sorry, none of the information I could use or was in any way helpful.
Greetings, I am Dr. Pat. I have worked with birds for many years. I will do my best to help you.This is an EMERGENCY! If you are the person in charge of his care, you need to get him in to a bird vet immediately. You will have to pick him up to take him in. His life depends on it.There are many safe methods to move him into a carrier or box to facilitate transport. It would be a shame to lose a 50-year old bird because of human trepidation! If nothing else, call your local bird club and get someone over to help you.This is a very severe sign of weakness, anemia, toxicity, fume exposure, etc etc.He very likely is in critical condition and will require ICU: oxygen, fluids, glucose, and a plethora of testing.THIS CANNOT WAIT. There are many fine avian veterinarians in California, so get on the phone NOW and get him in as an emergency! This list is by zipcode, find yours, and start calling.http://aav.org/search/results.php?filter=state&q=CA&Submit=SearchBird body temperature is about 105F, so no matter where you live in southern California, your indoor temperature will not be enough. I live in Tucson and my patients are in heated units. It is 111F here. You MUST help them by getting them in an environment where they do not have to work so hard to stay alive.Move the bird to an aquarium, box or carrier with soft towels in the bottom, no perch, and food and water in low bowls that can be reached easily. Put the whole thing on a heating pad on low or medium. Check it frequently, no overheating allowed! Keep the unit partially covered, warm and quiet. White paper towels or white cloth towels will show the true color of the droppings. Do not try to force food or water. If he will take a syringe feeding, try a few drops of warm sugar water. If this does not work or is a struggle, do not try. You can offer warm cooked rice, pancakes, cornbread, grapes, melon, greens in addition to normal food. Transport as soon as possible.Pet/feed store medications and home remedies are harmful, ineffective, immuno-suppressive, and make them much worse and may interfere with the veterinarian's diagnosis and treatment. Do not use them.
25+ years working primarily or exclusively with birds