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My 11 year old lovebirds has a seizure disorder. This is new…

My 11 year old...

My 11 year old lovebirds has a seizure disorder. This is new the bird has had several over the last 6 months. Once she is finished with the seizure she has neurological issues her wings shake like Parkinson, unsteady on her feet.. I don't have a bird vet in the area. It mate doesn't have an seizure activity. What to do?

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?

Princess

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

No had her and her litter mate since babies. No change in food, room, cage anything. Cage is cleaned daily, fresh water bath water once a week. Sun light daily, cage covered at night.

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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner and I'm sorry to hear of this with Princess. Regretfully, without the aid of an avian vet there's little that can be done for her. We see both simple (previously called petit mal) and complex partial (also called psychomotor seizures) as well as general seizures (previously called gran mal) in birds. Partial seizures may be represented by as little as a facial tic or abnormal motor or sensory activity or behavioral abnormalities. Consciousness is lost in general seizures.

Seizures can have either an intracranial (within the skull) or extracranial (outside the skull) origin. Intracranial causes include infection in the central nervous system; toxins such as lead, chocolate, and caffeine; neoplasia (brain tumor); cerebrovascular accidents (stroke), heat stress, and idiopathic (unknown cause) epilepsy reported in lovebirds, red-lored Amazons, and the greater Ind***** ***** mynah. Epilepsy is a diagnosis of exclusion after other causes of seizures are ruled out.

Extracranial causes include metabolic disorders, liver disorders, kidney failure, hypoxia (lack of oxygen usually due to respiratory compromise), heart failure, and nutritional deficiencies (in particular vitamin E and B1).

Initial treatment of a seizing bird requires an avian vet (www.aav.org) who can administer a benzodiazepine such as diazepam (Valium) or clonazepam (Klonopin). Dextrose and calcium might be given IV if hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hypocalcemia (low serum calcium level) are present.

If possible, causes of the seizures should be identified and eliminated. An avian vet will take a thorough history and perform a complete physical exam on Princess. Baseline data should include a complete blood count and biochemistries, blood lead level, and X-rays.

Long-term managment requires anticonvulsant therapy such as with phenobarbital or levetiracetam. Unless the inciting cause can be identified and removed, the long term prognosis of the seizuring bird must remain guarded. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Thank you, ***** ***** 11 years old. I will just keep her comfortable and safe from her mate. My dogs alert me to her seizure . I have only missed one which her mate tried to hurt her. Thank you again. I will take good care of her till she goes to heaven.

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