Cockateil health help

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by CelticArche, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. CelticArche

    CelticArche Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got a cockateil male who's tounge is swollen, and he's not moving very well. Is he dehydrated or maybe had a stroke? My mom found him upside down on the bottom of the cage. He can't fly. We're attempting to give him pedialyte. (Sorry for mispelling, I'm on a tablet with no spell check help.)
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC!

    I am sorry about your Cocketiel. [​IMG] Yes, dehydration will cause a swollen tongue. I would bet that if you did find him laying upside down on the floor of the cage, he may very well have had a stroke. There isn't much you can do for stroke in birds other than give supportive care. How is he today? If he is well enough, you can set him up in a small basket with towels surrounding him to keep him upright. Keep the food and water right there in beaks reach. However stroke is not treatable. You might give him a tiny tiny piece of a baby aspirin to help thin the blood to prevent more stroke. A tiny chip from a baby aspirin a few times a week.

    Do you have a vet you can take him too? Not all vets know enough, but some do.

    Keep us posted!!
     
  3. CelticArche

    CelticArche Out Of The Brooder

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    Alas, my great uncle, who owns the bird, refuses to take any of his birds to the vets. :(

    We tried to save him, but he passed away. Probably better for him that way, but it doesn't make it any better. I feel bad, but thank you for saying that is was probably a stroke. It makes me feel less guilty over his care if it was something I didn't directly have a hand in. The poor thing had been missing part of its wing for years and years.
     

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