Post by plumgrubby on Sept 26, 2018 18:26:28 GMT -7
Just started a few weeks ago and had him at vets. Gave him some meloxicam and seems to help a bit. When it happens he seems to go blank and falls off his perch and it lasts about 60 to 90 seconds and then he seems fine. His right leg stiffens and his foot clenches into a tight fist. He reaches for bars on c age but cant find them. Didn't happen for over 2 weeks buf now it happened Monday and today Wednesday and we don't want to lose him. He's about 25 to 30 years old. Any helpful sugggestions? Been very depressed over this.
Post by plumgrubby on Oct 10, 2018 10:46:58 GMT -7
Hasn't had any tests. Seems to happen every two weeks like clockwork. We give him the maloxicam on a cut grape and he seems better. Just now happened today, Wednesday, exactly 2 weeks since the last one.
What tests should we ask for?
Thanks for any help anyone can offer please.
We give him almonds every day for calcium. Can we give him something additional? So very sad to see this happen. He's my buddy.
Last Edit: Oct 10, 2018 10:50:14 GMT -7 by plumgrubby
When Chyloe had low blood calcium levels, the vet suggested broccoli and crushed cooked eggshells. (She already had almonds every day.) Every morning she gets fresh vegetables including broccoli and I sprinkle crushed cooked eggshells on top. She recently had blood tests and her calcium level is back to normal.
Max, CAG (In my heart forever) Taz, Tiel (Rest in peace my sweet girl) Chyloe, CAG
My 24 year old Grey started doing the same thing occasionally. Then all of a sudden she started acting very tired and squatting low on her perch and occasionally falling off. I immediately took her to an exotic vet since we don't have a true avian vet in my area and had a full blood panel run. The vet said everything looked normal, especially the calcium level which showed 7.6. The reference range of the test showed 7.7 to 11.8 and he didn't think Dusty needed supplementation. However I was fortunate that this vet told me of an avian vet two hours away if I wanted another opinion since he couldn't explain the behavior. He actually said it was a 'behaviour' and suggested we could try Prozac! I was frantic!!!
I was desperate and didn't trust this advice and called the avian vet immediately in Louisville, KY. I was very fortunate that his receptionist knew it was serious and put me through to the specialist. This man actually took the time and spoke with me! He said he thinks it could be seizures from low calcium and preferred Grey's to range in the high 8's. He hooked me up with a vet he works with in my area and we've been supplementing with oral calcium drops for the past month. Dusty's levels are slowly rising and I've begun adding ground dried egg shells to her diet and am looking for other ways to add calcium. So far her condition has greatly improved and we're hoping to get the levels to maintain.
Please note that I've had her on the same type of diet her whole life and she gets lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, high quality pellets, seed mix, etc. This just came on suddenly. I had her to the vet exactly one year ago for her checkup and all levels were normal...other than the calcium being in the low end of the range.
Please get your fid to the vet and if you have any doubts, don't be afraid to get a second opinion.