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Old 04-07-2014, 04:44 PM
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My baby girl is gone.

My heart feels so broken. It all happened so quickly. I wasn't ready for this.

A few days ago, I noticed Bandit seemed more tired than usual. She took three naps in one day, which is odd. I decided to keep an eye on her, but I figured she just wasn't getting enough sleep and I put her to bed early. The next morning I noticed she had lost weight. She felt much smaller and weaker in my hands. I could see in her eyes that she wasn't feeling well, so I called the vet.

They took x-rays and did bloodwork. Her digestive tract was inflamed and her white blood cell count was high. She had lost 20% of her body weight despite the fact that she was eating normally, which is insane. This literally happened overnight. I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep track of your bird's weight. If you see any change at all, even a small one, contact an avian vet. It could save your bird's life.

The vet wanted to keep her over the weekend. They put her in an incubator and tried to get her weight up as well as treat the infection. We said goodbye to her and she snuggled up against me and made soft, happy peeping sounds. They stayed at the clinic until late that night taking care of her. The vet said she seemed very happy because of all the attention she was getting. She passed away early in the morning.

I can't stop crying. This hurts so much. She was my best friend.

I'll know more about what happened after the necropsy results come back. I was told it wasn't anything I did wrong and she's probably been fighting and hiding this for a long time, but I can't help but feel guilty. I feel like I should have known my baby was sick long before she started showing any signs of it. I should have called the vet the minute she took that second nap. Maybe she would still be alive today.

And the timing is so horrible, but I paid the deposit for another conure just before I found out Bandit was sick. I'm supposed to pick her up in 2-3 weeks, only now I'm terrified of bringing another bird into the house until I know this won't happen again. I feel so lost.

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I love you, Bandit. I'll miss you every day.

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Old 04-07-2014, 04:54 PM
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Re: My baby girl is gone.

So sorry for your loss!
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:09 PM
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So sorry for your loss!!! Birds are so fragile. I think you should go ahead and get the other conure. It will help heal your heart.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:14 PM
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I am so sorry for your loss My heart goes out to you.
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I am so sorry to hear that you lost your baby! Keep us updated on the necropsy and the new baby please.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:33 PM
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Sorry for your loss.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:33 PM
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Re: My baby girl is gone.

I am so sorry for your loss of Bandit.

please keep us posted on the necropsy, at the very least you will know what happened.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:45 PM
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Re: My baby girl is gone.

I'm so sorry to hear about Bandit

hugs to you!!!!
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:53 PM
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Re: My baby girl is gone.

I'm very sorry to read this. Please keep us posted about the necropsy. That's so important to know if it was a virus or not before bringing another baby into the environment.
Don't blame yourself please. You noticed it as soon as humanly possible. I'm afraid a few hours earlier wouldn't have made a difference. It's not your fault. I'm so sorry for your pain
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