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#1 Savannah&Pablo

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 02:31 AM

Hi there, I came home today (after only going out for an hour) to a silent quaker parrot who was vomiting frequently. He has since stopped and i washed his mouth and tried my best to get him to drink some water. I am worried he may be dehydrated but for some reason won't drink. He licked an apple for about 45 minutes that i would squeeze juice from, but has been acting really out of the ordinary. He was fine up until lunch time when he stopped talking. He is extremely off balance, and is currently perched in his cage with his eyes closed and wobbling. His breathing is also very shallow and he's a bit easily startled  If i let him out of the cage he doesn't want to be nursed by me and continues to fly badly and almost hurt himself. I am unable to get him to a vet, as i don't have a car and my partner is at work until late tonight. He has a diet of high quality seeds and i feed him lots of vegetables like carrot, beans, broccoli, sweet potato and fruits. He is eating/destroying some carrot at the moment. he does have a bit of a problem with consistently grazing. When he is out of his cage he will eat any tiny little morsel he can find even if i've just swept the floor. is it possible he has just eaten something that has upset his belly? i fear he has a kind of liver disease from either led poisoning or some other kind. Yesterday he chewed a tiny bit of my pencil and i washed his mouth out thoroughly, but the possibility is still there. He is more balanced now than he was an hour ago and isn't wobbling at all, but is asleep very fluffy with his eyes closed but without his head tucked up and breathing a bit shallow (i'm not sure if he actually is breathing shallow or i am just extra worried). I took away his seed and left him with vegetables and he's made an attempt at those but i still can't get him to drink
 
it's a long weekend so there won't be an avian vet available to tuesday (hopefully monday if they are open easter monday). There is a 24 hour vet i can go to but I will be borrowing extra cash for the fee and they don't even have a bird specialist on hand. The money i spend taking him at 10pm later tonight with the possibility of no result and a traumatised bird could be spent on a proper avian vet who could maybe even make a house-call. What would you recommend i do? 
 
He has not vomited for a good three hours now and appears to have improved a little, but could be hiding symptoms. Has anybody had any experience with this?
 
i'll also add that he is possibly the noisiest quaker in the whole world and talks constantly, but hasn't made a single sound (not even a tiny peep) since i found him sick 3 hours ago.  He even screams every time he fly's and hasn't been doing that, which is a habit he has had his whole life.. should i keep him out and let him walk/fly around or make him rest?
 
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#2 zuznit

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 03:35 AM

im sorry Pablo is sick... I heard that in theUS there's a possibility to contact an online vet. Maybe that is worth a try?
One time i upset penguin's stomach by wobbling my hand a lot while i was dancing with him perched on my hand. He threw up a couple times in the morning but was ok later. Btw, i think water makes them - and is - throw up more so i would stick to for and veggies for a source of liquid and not worry about him not drinking. If it's just an upset stomach an herbal tea could help his tummy feel better (like chamomile). I'm by no means an expert so please ask Google if I'm right
sending healing thoughts to your baby

#3 Savannah&Pablo

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 03:51 AM

Thank you  Zuznit! I have been contemplating giving him some chamomile tea all day. I have also browned some apple and fed him that as i know it can sometimes soothe the stomach. Good to know about the water too, i'll let him drink when he is ready. My partner is on his way home now and we are going to decide what we do with him tonight. I'll just keep giving him veggies and keep a close eye. The local bird vet has posted a number which you can call over the weekend for animal emergencies so i might phone them and ask for advice.

It's very odd that he does't want cuddles. Once when he hurt his foot he was so incredibly needy. Now i try to get him out to scratch him or nurse him and he goes to the back of his cage and sleeps with his head rested on the bars. 

 

Thanks for your kind thoughts and i'll post about his improvement (hopefully) here when we find out more :)

 

im sorry Pablo is sick... I heard that in theUS there's a possibility to contact an online vet. Maybe that is worth a try?
One time i upset penguin's stomach by wobbling my hand a lot while i was dancing with him perched on my hand. He threw up a couple times in the morning but was ok later. Btw, i think water makes them - and is - throw up more so i would stick to for and veggies for a source of liquid and not worry about him not drinking. If it's just an upset stomach an herbal tea could help his tummy feel better (like chamomile). I'm by no means an expert so please ask Google if I'm right
sending healing thoughts to your baby



#4 Jan Cullen

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 04:09 AM

Try and keep the bird as warm as possible.  You probably wont get any sleep tonight. If he is not better by tomorrow, you should try and get to a vet.  good luck and let us know how you go.



#5 Savannah&Pablo

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 06:35 PM

Hi all! Pablo slept through the night by balancing with his head rested on his treat stick. I hope he got more sleep than I did. hes far better thismorning and has been making little souds. He is more active and balanced and he has an appetite. Still no drinking but ive substituted with carrots and beans and other watery veggies. No avian vets open today and i dont want to put him through stress taking him to the emergency pet hospital. He seems to be on the mend and is sitting in his cage out on the deck in the sun with me, cleaning himself. Still quieter than usual. He has symptoms of heavy metal posoning, but not severe as he is still eating and has improved greatly. we will just relax today in the warm sun and see how he goes :) the fact that he wanted to bite my boyfriend this morning is probably the clearest indication that hes almost back to normal. Never thought that i would actually want him to screech and bite people!

and even though i dont celebrate - happy easter!
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#6 Jan Cullen

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 12:05 AM

How's Pablo today?



#7 Savannah&Pablo

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 07:09 AM

How's Pablo today?

 

 

Hello, sorry for not posting yesterday - he is 100% better, and actually making up for his whole day of silence and being still happy.png (bit of a wet nose today but I think that's just the chilly morning and the sun needed to warm him up). I am so surprised and relieved we didn't have to take him to an avian vet, everything I read online was so dreadful and left me with no hope at all. I stayed up for so long listening to his cage to make sure he hadn't fallen or climbed to the bottom. Very grateful it was such a small amount of lead! 

 

I also think that taking his seed away and feeding him lots of healthy vegetables and pellets helped also. 

I may as well ask now, does anyone have issues with their quaker constantly wanting to eat things? Pablo is really well fed and very frequently, he just loves licking the floor and finding crumbs and chewing everything (no matter how clean or un-chewable)! extremely destructive, that's what got us into this mess. 

 

anyway, thanks for the concern, i'm so happy to have made this account!

 

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