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Old 11-11-2018, 02:38 PM
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Help, I'm really scared for my amazon

This morning Ellie refused her food, and went out of her cage only to go back in shortly after. I offered her a toy and, although she took it, let it go shortly after. She keeps squinting and only drank water so far. Her breathing is regular for her pace when she sleeps, maybe a bit more laboured or rushed, which is what she has been doing a lot since yesterday. Her droppings are normal, although a bit on the dry side. Yesterday she slept on the lower perch and today moved for a bit to the top one, but returned to the lower one (and the one closer to food/water) shortly after.

Tomorrow morning I have a vet's appointment with her doctor, but that's around 18 hours away for me right now and I'm freaking out, I want to do something to help her and I am terrified something bad is going to happen before the doctor can see her.
Her behaviour changes I was only able to see yesterday, as I have been away from home a lot during the day to take care of my mother in the hospital. I cannot tell if she fell or hurt herself in a way I can't see the consequences right now, but before yesterday she seemed to have been eating quite well, being picky as always and all that.
I am really scared, and I hate to think that I maybe neglected her somehow in these last few days and she has gotten sick because of it. Any advice is appreciated, please don't be too harsh.
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:02 PM
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Re: Help, I'm really scared for my amazon

I'm sorry you are so worried. Can you take a pic of her. So she us squinting, not eating just started today? Can you offer her most favorite thing and see if she will eat that? Do you know for sure she is a girl? Because if you know she is a girl one thing that is an emergency is if she is egg bound. But I'm not saying that's what's going on. One day without food is ok . It's just whatever is making her sick that is the biggest problem and I don't know what to say or how to offer help. Can you call the vets oncl Service and see what they advise? Warmth always helps sick birds so make your house warner if you can. You can out a lamp on next to the cage and cover three sides to help make it warmer, keep her calm don't stress her out...
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Re: Help, I'm really scared for my amazon

Well we know Quickly our parrots pickup our moods, so I would try to pick out a favorite chop dish and let them help prepare it !!
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Re: Help, I'm really scared for my amazon

" I have been away from home a lot during the day to take care of my mother in the hospital "

You may have answered your own question. Mine can get rather moody and if you piss him off he remembers for days. Normally he would kill for a peanut but if he's pissed it gets thrown on the floor.
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Re: Help, I'm really scared for my amazon

Best advice is to keep her calm and warm until the appointment. Do you know if the vet is "certified avian" or equivalent? Many offices advertise "exotic doctors" but lack the specialized training and equipment.

Please let us know whatever you find.
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Re: Help, I'm really scared for my amazon

Just keep a close eye on him and hopefully it's something more psychological than physical...The "squinting" is a weird symptom that's throwing me off a bit though. Is he squinting his eyes constantly? And is it both eyes that are squinted, or just one?

Very important point that Scott made, I hope that your Vet is either a Certified Avian Vet or an Avian Specialist who sees only birds, and not an Exotics Vet who sees every type of animal imaginable...
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Re: Help, I'm really scared for my amazon

@Laurasea, @wrench13, @mgarvie, @Scott, @EllenD: First of all, thank you all so muchfor your support and your kind words. I don't think I would have been able to get any shut eye if not for the comfort that your advice gave me.

Ellie was taken to her vet earlier today (he is a certified avian vet, has been in charge of her health since day one and taken care of several of our birds for years on end) and he diagnosed her with a mild respiratory infection. She was administered antibiotics and started a nebulization treatment here at home, which she is taking as I write this. Hopefully she will start feeling better after the nebulizations, and eat something by tomorrow.

Her next check-up is on 3-4 days from now, where her vet will evaluate how the the antibiotics are working.

Again, thank you so much for your advice, your concern, and your support. In my country pet parrots are not very common, and this community has made me feel welcomed from day one and never ceases to enlighten my in different topics.

Words cannot express how thankful I am, and I will keep this thread updated with her progression after her next doc's visit.

Wish us luck.
Thank you, again,

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Re: Help, I'm really scared for my amazon

I guess I'll just throw this in, in case ou ever want a second opinion.
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

Good for you, for being so vigilant and quick-acting.
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Re: Help, I'm really scared for my amazon

I am so happy that you could get her right in and are getting great treatment!! Taking care if mom and a sick bird baby at once! Aww.. hope they both feel better soon. When I am stressed as you must be! I make hot water and add honey , a slice of orange, lemon, and lime, I call it Laura's Tea lol even tho no tea, it's very soothing and refreshing, won't keep you awake and even helps me with upset tummy. If I was there I would make you some. I hope you keep us updated and you stick around with us! We live to live our Fids!!!
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Thanks so much for the updates! Nice to have a diagnosis and treatment plan.... now to see a cure!
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