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My parakeet's head is tilted to the side at an angle. He has

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My parakeet's head is tilted to the side at an angle. He has been like this since last night at about 7:30PM. I am wondering if to take him in to a vet or emergency services to have him checked out. There are no other symptoms , and appears to be acting normally. Just slower reaction time.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the bird's name and age?
Customer: Rin and he is about 2 years old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Rin?
Customer: That seems to be it , his eyes are clear and cere is normal. His vent is clear and not dirty. Just the head tilt.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Provided he is breathing normally, is not in distress, and hasn't any history of toxic exposure; you can monitor Rin until his regular vet is open. If those changes develop, then we may need him seen sooner. Otherwise, we'd want his regular avian vet to fully examine him +/- check bloods to determine if we have a systemic issue, middle ear disease, or a brain based concern (ie bleed, swelling, mass, infectious process, etc). Depending on their findings, treatment can be started as needed to tackle this for him and get that head tilt cleared before any other signs can develop. Just in case you do need an avian vet and do not have one already, you can check where you can find one at near you at: AAV (, Avian web (, Lafeber database ( or Birdsnway (

Kind regards,

Dr. B.


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