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Old 11-21-2020, 09:55 AM
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Is this worth a vet visit (semi-urgent)

My little Gigi (5-6 months old) was eating and in that position, and then just stopped. Then, I got her and set her down somewhere else to perch. She went back in the eating position, but then just stopped. She held that position while moving her wings ever so slightly up and down, but she was unresponsive and did nothing else for about 30 seconds to a minute (I'm not too sure). I didn't get it on video, my phone wasn't with me and I was too busy freaking out. Yesterday she flew into wall and face-planted, and I've been freaking out ever since, so I'm worried something may be wrong with her. However, she has been normal in every other instance—eating fine, flying fine, playing fine, preening, etc.
Do you guys think she's fine? Should I take her to the vet? They close in two hours and won't be open again until Monday, so please let me know as soon as you can.
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:01 AM
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Re: Is this worth a vet visit (semi-urgent)

I'd take her for peace of mind...esp given her having flown into a wall.
It's good that she is eating, preening etc, but given the weekend, I would be worried that if things did get worse, you would be stuck waiting.
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:29 AM
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Re: Is this worth a vet visit (semi-urgent)

Are you saying she is hunched over, and spending a lot if time in that position with head lowered?

This could be due to some swelling in the brain from flying into the wall.
An avain vet specialist can sometimes give some medication to help with that. And since she is off after this accident, an avain vet specialist visit is recommended. Sometimes the bird can recover on their own. But no wsy to know that, so its hard to recommended anything other than the trip to tge vet.
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Re: Is this worth a vet visit (semi-urgent)

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Are you saying she is hunched over, and spending a lot if time in that position with head lowered?

This could be due to some swelling in the brain from flying into the wall.
An avain vet specialist can sometimes give some medication to help with that. And since she is off after this accident, an avain vet specialist visit is recommended. Sometimes the bird can recover on their own. But no wsy to know that, so its hard to recommended anything other than the trip to tge vet.
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I'd take her for peace of mind...esp given her having flown into a wall.
It's good that she is eating, preening etc, but given the weekend, I would be worried that if things did get worse, you would be stuck waiting.
So, I tried calling and it actually sent me to voicemail that said the office is closed (which it shouldn't be?), but they did give me an emergency number to call. Because I don't really know if it is an emergency, do you think I should call the number?
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:57 AM
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Re: Is this worth a vet visit (semi-urgent)

I would call around for emergency veterinarian even if it a Exotic veterinarian but better to get a certified avian veterinarian. Get x-ray done for sure as she could have a concussion, or worst a fracture? It also could be nothing serious, as does take a bird 4 to 8 hours to recover from the shock. Getting her to a vet to play it safe is a better option.
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Re: Is this worth a vet visit (semi-urgent)

I have seen my Tiels do a “freeze frame “ for 30 seconds or so.
Most of the time it’s because they have seen something out the window that they are spooked or concentrating on.

I have also had one ore two of my Tiels hit a wall or window.
When this has happened they become stunned. A Cockatiel that would not normally allow touching will let me pick it up without resistance.
I haven’t had any lasting problems but I watched them closely for a few hours.
If there had been any signs of distress afterwards I would have taken them in.
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Re: Is this worth a vet visit (semi-urgent)

Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
Are you saying she is hunched over, and spending a lot if time in that position with head lowered?

This could be due to some swelling in the brain from flying into the wall.
An avain vet specialist can sometimes give some medication to help with that. And since she is off after this accident, an avain vet specialist visit is recommended. Sometimes the bird can recover on their own. But no wsy to know that, so its hard to recommended anything other than the trip to tge vet.
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I would call around for emergency veterinarian even if it a Exotic veterinarian but better to get a certified avian veterinarian. Get x-ray done for sure as she could have a concussion, or worst a fracture? It also could be nothing serious, as does take a bird 4 to 8 hours to recover from the shock. Getting her to a vet to play it safe is a better option.
High potential for concussion after hard impact with solid object. While vets cannot easily image the skull for brain swelling, many will medicate with anti-inflammatory drugs as precaution.

How many hours since the incident? The longer time period with normal activity the better. Overall, a judgment call considering the circumstances.
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