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#1 Max

 
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 07:48 PM

Hello,

I want to start off by saying that I am truely heart broken & very sad for what has recently has just happened to my little friend Xena. As you yourself a fellow bird lover I know you can understand. We are a low income family but I will do my best to help Xena! I am hoping & wishing that you can just take a few minutes to read this & let me know what you think.



I have an African Grey, she is 3 yrs old, yesterday Friday Nov. 20th at 11pm she fell awkwardly from a 4 foot ring & was not able to flap her wings when she hit the floor, direct impact, I rushed her to the emergency vet & did not get home until 4am, that vet was not specialized in avian care and could not help, only advsed to take her to her avian vet asap, fee was $210. Next morning Sat. Nov. 21st I took her to her avian vet & she was admitted at the avian specialist, they have run xrays no broken bones show up. She is still responsive, eye contact, beak is strong but she cannot stand or walk, she sits on the floor & balances on her hocks, both feet clenched, when I sit her up she will will straighten her toes & place her feet in the correct position, when i lift her up, she moves both feet likes she is walking & can open and close both feet, her left foot is a lot stronger when she clenches her toes around my finger, her left toes not so much. The vet believes that it could be a neurological conditions b/c her balance seems to be affected (nervous system). Both feet move, she can still scratch w/ both feet, The vet is charged me $1400 for a 2 1/2 day stay, blood examines came back really good, calcium is good, the vet advsed that she is a really wealthy girl.



Today is Sunday. Dec. 6th, Xena seems a lot more alert, she will eat on her own, drink on her own but she still cannot walk or stand or perch on her own. Xena has a large vocabulary but for the 1st 4 days did not speak or whistle anything, the last couple of days she has now spoken & whistled a little bit everyday. It just seems like she doesn't have the strength in her legs. Because she is feeling better she tries to do things that she is not ready to do yet, she gets very frustrated. I have her in a 10g glass aquarium, keep her clean, & talk to her & help her as much as I can, I have taken all these days of work just to help her.







Thank you so much for your time. I am hoping you might have heard about something like this happening to another bird. Can she get better & how long does it usually take. Hoping someone would have some ideas that would help us, if not hoping I am hoping you may know someone that could help. Any information would be really appreciated

Thank you so much for your time.
Max M.
email address: mad.max03@yahoo.ca




#2 Xanthus

 
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 08:25 PM

First off, I am so sorry to hear about this.

Now, it does sound like the vet did everything possible. It also sounds like things have been getting slowly better with a litle TLC. The only other thing I would recommend would be a little heat. I understand you have her in an aquarium, perhaps you could simply cover it to conserve heat. Or possibly a heating pad on low heat under part of the aquarium so she can get more or less as needed.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 11:24 PM

first off i want to say... for any family that is a lot to spend on a loved one so close to xmas, and for a low income family, that must be hard! you are doing great and have been given great advice so far. so i will add maby try giving her some recovery formula just to give her an extra boost. do keep us updated. good luck! :D

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 12:03 AM

I agree that it seems the vets have done everything possible, and additional vet visits may not gain you anything more.

Sometimes, mishaps like her fall are not really the cause of her problem, and actually are a result of her problem coming to the forefront. I mean that, perhaps she fell as a result of her neurological problem becoming serious enough that she was unable to maintain her balance and her footing. I hope I am wrong, but it is a possibility that this is a long-term or permanent condition. This is just my opinion, so don't lose heart.

Prior to this fall, did Xena exhibit anything that would lead you to think that there may have been anything wrong?

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 01:34 AM

I'm so sorry to hear about your baby.. its never easy to have something like this happen. I also wanted to thank you for (even though you are dealing with money issues) taking her to the vet, some people wouldn't have.
I did want to offer some advice.. if I may.
I am wondering if she has bruised herself and she is just in pain from that. If the vet check with xrays came out ok, that would be my next guess. I am curious to know how she acted before the fall.. was she stable or having balance problems (beyond the normal slight clumsiness of most young Greys) or did she just loose balance and fall from playing too hard. If she fell on her chest, that is a huge area, that could be very painful if bruised. Does it seem to be her body or feet/legs, that are in pain? I am quite sure this little girl is extremely stressed/traumatized due to this, which is why she is probably not speaking. I would make sure she continues to eat, drink and potty normally.. if you see any problems in that area.. consult your vet.
I would also continue to at least bathe/mist her every other day or so, if not daily, providing that it doesn't stress her badly. A lot of Greys will begin to chew or pluck their feathers after a serious fall or traumatic event.. she doesn't need that on top of this going on. Sounds like she is progressing with a little TLC and time.. just try to keep her warm and as stress free as possible and just let her rest. I would let her continue to move her body/feet as she likes, but only on safe areas where she cannot fall again. If she wants to walk, let her... but on her own terms and for small periods. I would not subject her to other pets or children at this time, lots of stress there. I am hoping she continues to improve a little each day.. it may take a while for a bruise to completely heal.. if that's what it is. Sorry this post turned into a book.. lol I'm just trying to cover some ground in hopes that we can get her better sooner.
Please keep us posted. ((((((Gentle hugs 4 Xena)))))))



*Sending lots of healing thoughts your way.. from me and my flock.

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 05:55 PM

Aaweee poor baby ...

Welcome to AnAG .... so very sorry to hear about what you are going through with your baby.

I agree with what has been said before me ... if your vet has x-rayed and checked calcium levels then there isn't much more that can be ruled out...

My question is similar to what has been asked .. Was everything ok with Xena prior to the fall? If she wasn't displaying any problems with balance etc prior to her fall then it is quite possible she is bruised ...

You mentioned that she still scratches which means she is maintaining some of her body weight ... maybe she just needs time for the bruising to heal ..

I think the aquarium is your best approach for now and keep her food and water accessible .. which will avoid unnecessary climbing around. Also taking her out and holding her on your hand to see how well she can perch and that way you can monitor her balance and ensure she doesn't fall and re-injure herself ..

Would love to hear how she is doing ...

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 12:38 PM

Any updates on Xena?

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Posted 15 December 2009 - 11:25 AM

any updates???

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