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Old 10-27-2018, 09:16 PM
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Hello everyone. I'm new here. I come seeking help. I've had my cockatiel, Coco, almost 8 years now. I don't know her exact age because my dad's friend saved her from some predatory bird at their workplace. She was neglected for a couple days at his house so he gave her to my dad after he asked if he would take better care of her. Ever since, I've had the pleasure of caring for Coco. She's a sassy lutino cockatiel. In late August, she got sick. I took her to the vet. I don't know exactly what was wrong, but I was to give her eye drop medication and some oral drops twice a day. She definitely got better, however there was damage to the lens in her right eye. The doc said we could stop treatment about 2 weeks ago. She relapsed. This time the symptoms were worse. She was fine for maybe 3 days without the medications and I took her to the vet again. This time she had some fungal infection in her respiratory tract and she had to take 3 medications this time. She had the eye drops twice a day. She had one clear oral medication once a day. And the last one was an oral medication twice a day. It's a thick pink-ish red medication that smells fruity. Also, she gets a Doxy shot almost every vet visit. That seemed to help a lot. Last week I took her to the vet and he said I could stop giving her the clear medication. Ever since, I've been giving her the eye drops and that pink one twice daily. Today... today was scary. I think she had a seizure. My mom helps me with giving her the meds since shes not trained. The cage is all she's ever known. Every attempt I've made to gain her trust has failed. So my mom was holding her in a small towel and she acted slightly strange today when taking her meds. She always bites the syringe, but today I heard some squealing. I thought nothing of it. I gave her the eye drops and she was placed back in her cage. Normally, she sits there cleaning her beak and then climbs up. Today, she convulsed for a roughly 15-20 seconds. She rolled. She held her wings open uncontrollably. She was a bit vocal. She held her head back. And then she calmed down and stayed at the bottom of the cage for a good 5 minutes until climbing up. I apologize for making this wordy. I have an appointment for early Monday. Should I keep giving her the meds until then? Should I stop? Was it a seizure? Any help here is much appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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Old 10-27-2018, 09:35 PM
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Re: Did my cockatiel have a seizure?

It does sound like a seizure but I am no specialist.
Have you done any research on the internet about the meds you are giving her ?
I would start there if you can't get to the vet any sooner.
I am guessing the vet you went to is a CAV or he would not be treating with all these medications.

Humans can develop allergic reactions to medication. even when it's something they had before you can suddenly become sensitive to it. I see no reason this could not be true of birds.
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Old 10-27-2018, 09:48 PM
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Quote: Originally Posted by texsize View Post
It does sound like a seizure but I am no specialist.
Have you done any research on the internet about the meds you are giving her ?
I would start there if you can't get to the vet any sooner.
I am guessing the vet you went to is a CAV or he would not be treating with all these medications.

Humans can develop allergic reactions to medication. even when it's something they had before you can suddenly become sensitive to it. I see no reason this could not be true of birds.
Thanks for the reply. What is a CAV vet? I've tried Googling it, but I get all sorts of results. I should do some research about the meds. Thanks for the idea.
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Re: Did my cockatiel have a seizure?

It's easy to compress a bird when restraining and they have difficulty breathing. What you describe is very close to death throes....it is wonderful that she recover from that ....but I am very worried. What disease or illness are you treating her for??? Please you have to be do careful not to put pressure on the body from the towel or hands, it is extremely easy to do this and the bird can't breath. Call you vets after hours or weekend cover tomorrow and explain and ask for guidance.. I sure hope she recovers.u
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Thank you. I looked through the receipts and I found the name of the medications. The Injection she gets is called doxycycline/dex. The eye drops are ofloxacin ophthalmic solution. The pink solution is bactrim suspension. The other clear medication i was giving her for a week with the bactrim was fluconizole suspension 10mg/ml. I'll be doing some research on those.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
It's easy to compress a bird when restraining and they have difficulty breathing. What you describe is very close to death throes....it is wonderful that she recover from that ....but I am very worried. What disease or illness are you treating her for??? Please you have to be do careful not to put pressure on the body from the towel or hands, it is extremely easy to do this and the bird can't breath. Call you vets after hours or weekend cover tomorrow and explain and ask for guidance.. I sure hope she recovers.u
Thank you. I'll see if my mom would like to change roles when we give her the meds. I do have an easier time reading Coco. We might not even do that tomorrow because of this scare.
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Re: Did my cockatiel have a seizure?

We may be able to help you find a second opinion, if you'd like...

If you're in the US, here are links.


Certified Avian Vets
https://abvp.com/animal-owners/find-an-abvp-specialist/
If none are near you...
Avian Veterinarians
http://www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803
In my opinion, any of the vets listed here should be better than a regular vet.


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Quote: Originally Posted by GaleriaGila View Post
We may be able to help you find a second opinion, if you'd like...

If you're in the US, here are links.


Certified Avian Vets
https://abvp.com/animal-owners/find-an-abvp-specialist/
If none are near you...
Avian Veterinarians
http://www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803
In my opinion, any of the vets listed here should be better than a regular vet.


Good for you for reaching out here!!!!!
Thank you very much. I'm hoping for good news tomorrow. She's been through a lot. I hope we're nearing the end of this ordeal. It's heartbreaking. Again, I appreciate the help.
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Re: Did my cockatiel have a seizure?

I pray all goes well with your baby! We ALL care very much about our own,and OTHERS birdies! please keep us posted!! and good Luck! it seems like you are doing your best!


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