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August Abbott, CAS, Certified Avian Specialist
Category: Bird
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Experience:  Cert. Avian Specialist; Int. Assoc.Animal Behavior Consult; Pet Ind. Joint Advisory Council; author
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i need to put my parrot to sleep how do they do it is ...

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i need to put my parrot to sleep how do they do it ? is it humane ? will it hurt ? please help me im very upset i dont want him to suffer anymore
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  August Abbott, CAS replied 9 years ago.

I'm deeply sorry you have to make this decision for your companion, but I commend you for being selfless enough to do what's right for your bird.

Your friend is first put to sleep with an anesthesia, a little cone might be held over his head or he might be placed in a container with the gas piped in until he's sleeping. It's a very gentle sleep. Once he's sleeping, the drug necessary to stop his heart is injected. He does not feel anything.

Some vets may use different procedures so it's important to ask them beforehand and let them know all of your concerns. Instead of anesthesia they may inject a barbituate to induce sleep and then follow with the injection of a heart stopping drug.

Again, I'm truly sorry for how hard this must be for you.

August Abbott, CAS and other Bird Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to TheCaretaker's Post: thank you im very upset about this but i have done every thing to stop the plucking and self mutilation   but he is to far gone and now he is so sad that it hurts my heart to see him this way
Expert:  August Abbott, CAS replied 9 years ago.

What kind of bird have you got?

How old is he ? How long has he been with you?

Tell me everything you can about him, what he eats, what his day is like - ok?