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My parakeet is 5 years old and as of yesterday has been

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Hi Dr. Pat, my parakeet is 5 years old and as of yesterday has been having seizures. Is there anything I can do to make him comfortable? I did lay a towel on the bottom of the cage to prevent him from getting hurt when he falls. I've been holding him and talking to him. That seems to help. Is there anything else I could be doing?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Seizures always look scary. Let's get you talking to the Veterinarian. What is the bird's name?

Harpo

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Harpo?

Only that he's 5 years old.

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Bird Veterinary
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Bird Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Bird Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Hello. My name is***** and I am an avian veterinarian that can answer your question. I understand Harpo has been having seizures. I am sorry to hear about that. This can often happen in parakeets that have liver disease or low calcium levels if they have chronically been fed an all seed diet. Treatment would be to give them a calcium supplement and correct the nutritional aspect. Having a UV bulb over the cage to make sure he is synthesizing calcium would also be recommended. There are also deficiencies in a seed diet that lead to decreased vitamin A and minerals. A supplement for these things would also be helpful including a general vitamin B supplement. Other than that, make sure the environmental temperature is warm - 85-90 degrees Farhenheit - and increase the humidity level to 85% for helpful support. You would want to also keep all the perches low or remove them entirely so he does not hurt himself if he has another seizure. Ideally, he would be taken to an avian veterinarian for diagnostics and treatment.

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