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My Bird is Sick.. :(

Why do people say, "Why do we cook bacon and bake cookies?" You fry bacon... And cooking... is any form of food making that requires added heat... Why...

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I'm so worried about my cockatiel who was showing obvious signs of being sick yesterday.. He was sitting noiselessly at the bottom corner of his cage, 'dozing', without actually sleeping. His posture was VERY wrong, his balance was off, and I could just feel how weak he was by the way he held himself. He's been drinking water, but hasn't taken food (even eggs, which are his favorite thing in the entire world, probably more than me and my mom).

Anyways, today I checked his droppings and they looked far too black for comfort. It isn't good.. We've called three different places now, and are trying to find a vet to bring him to (I can't believe there aren't any exotic animal places closer to us). We finally got him an appointment today at 4. That was the earliest they could take him unless something opens up.

I guess this post isn't too purposeful, but i'm just really worried right now and needed to get it out.. any of you have any scares with your pets? I hope not..

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I really hope he's okay, birds are such sensitive little things and they often like to try and hide when they feel ill until it progresses. It's a shame there aren't all that many avian specialists when it comes to vets. I'm glad you managed to find one though and fingers crossed they can get him sorted out. It sounds like if he's refusing food it could be something up with his digestive system. If you can I would definitely keep trying to feed him something, even if just liquid-like food (see if he finds that easier), to try and keep his strength up until you get to his appointment. Oh, and if you can try and keep him company, I know it won't help, but it could perk him up a little bit.

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Birds are so fragile when it comes to illness. I hope he'll be alright.

Wevery had a few scares with our pets. My sisters dog got pancreatic us from eating a squirrel he caught. And my dog got a 24 hour stomach bug and was throwing up every ten minutes all night one night about two years ago. And my mother's cat got a trapped gas bubble from stress and stopped eating and drinking and would constantly vomit. They all ended up ok, and I'm sure your feathery friend will too.

It's too bad there aren't more easily accessible exotic vets around, they're needed more than most people know.

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Hope your little bird is feeling better. It's horrible when pets get sick. My cat had seizures as a kitten and the vets couldn't work out why. She is seven now and still has the occasional wobble but she is a happy little cat. It just makes you feel so helpless when they are sick.

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Best wishes to your bird's health, I do hope they get better.

 

I recently had a couple cockatiels become ill last year, due to the cage wiring we were using in our custom flight cage. We were too late to notice this was toxic to them however.. but they were acting the same way you are describing your bird and had similar stool.

 

Does your bird often chew on wires or metal, perhaps from their cage? If it contains any zinc or lead its highly toxic to them. If its a store bought cage, that's probably not it though, unless there's something else in your home they could've gotten a hold of.

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Sending best wishes to you and your bird, I hope it starts feeling better soon >.<

 

We had a scare with one of our cats when I was a young girl. She just started losing tons of fur on her leg and it started progressing pretty rapidly, so we took her to the vet and they said it looks like she ate a poisoned rat or someone poisoned her. She did get better though, she just needed a ton of rest and some medicine.

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I hope your bird is alright! We're currently having a scare with our dog. His kidneys are failing, so he's definitely on borrowed time, but we're trying to treat him to see if we can improve his condition at all. The vet says that if we can keep him alive and hydrated, we can give him supplements and try to start him on wet food. If he eats wet food, he should be able to walk around again soon. We aren't sure how long he has, either way, but we might be able to keep him stable for a while longer.

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