My Rainbow Lorikeet is really sick. We don't know what's wrong. This morning my boyfriend was about to go to work and Murphy (bird) suddenly couldn't walk properly and was shaking really really badly. He kept falling over. Then his feet went all funny like he couldn't grasp things properly (my boyfriend thought is was like he was slightly paralysed) and then he vomited twice. Murphy just kept sitting there shaking and not moving (when you normally can't make him sit still). So Leigh rang me at work and I raced home and took him to the vet. Murphy perked up a little and jumped on my shoulder in the waiting room but was really still. Then he started to move a little more. By the time the vet was ready I couldn't get him off my shoulder and he was doing his normal nippy behaviour he does when he doesn't want to get off my shoulder. And when they put him in a little cage he could use his feet properly and was hanging on to the wires tightly with both feet. The vet said it is too hard to tell with birds what is wrong so he kept him there to watch him until I finish work. Murphy also yawned a lot and stretched his legs out (which the vet said could be a pain in the tummy). And the only thing he has eaten that he hasn't before is a little bit of batter I used last night cooking veges but he didn't have that much of it...just a little nibble. He eats fish and chips with us all the time. I am really scared. My boyfriend Leigh was almost in tears when I went home to pick up Murphy. He reckons that when he rang me at work, Murphy was about TEN TIMES worse than when I picked Murph up and raced to the vets....which was only 15 to 20 mins later... My poor little bird. Us and Floyd would be lost without him. Murphy hangs off one of us all day and all night -- he even has baths with us. Has anyone ever experience any of these symptoms? I've got about 2-3 hours to wait until either the vet rings or I have to ring them. Starting to stress -- sorry it's long.
He looked so frail....he's only abou 11 months old. They say Rainbow Lorikeets can live for 10-15 years! The vet said depending on what the outcome is, he may give us some antibiotics for the next few days. I hope he can tell what is wrong. If he was just vomiting or something I wouldn't be as scared -- it was the shaking and weird feet clenching that got me really really worried. Poor baby.
And at 8 o'clock this morning he was fine....tipping his water over his whole body and jumping around wet like he always does (looks like a mad scientist with crazy hair when his feathers are wet)....and by 10.15am I was sitting in the vet's office. Strange!
No painting, no cooking on teflon. ARGHGHGHGHG....They said if we haven't rung by 2 or 3 give us a ring....it is now 2.07pm....I want to ring but it's too soon....2.30 I'll do it. Yeah, it is scary not knowing what's wrong. Makes you feel like cr*p.
Well I just rang and the receptionist relayed the vet's message that Murphy looks fine, is acting perfectly normal and he is happy for us to pick him up at 5.10am. He has to talk to us so I would say he might be giving him some antibiotics like he mentioned this morning. Wow, I feel so relieved (but still a little worried because no one knows what was wrong). But how can an animal look like it is having a small stroke and then an hour later be suddenly perfectly normal?
i hope murphy is doing better today. i do not know anything about birds and their illnesses. most vets i have worked for do not treat birds past trimming beaks and nails and feathers. very few in my area will even do that much with them. sorry boxer i do wish i could be more help for you.
HI!!! He's good! Thanks for asking....I'll paste the description I gave Lalayla on here....I don't want to type it all out again....I am at work and have been typing 'all' day. And it is 3.01pm on Tuesday afternoon here in Australia. Murphy is doing really well. We went and collected him yesterday and he was so excited to see us. He looked normal -- totally different to the way he was when I first saw him and took him in. I usually wake up in the middle of the night and go to the toilet, get a drink or whatever and last night I slept right through and woke up and thought "I DIDN'T CHECK ON MURPHY!!!"...and then we heard his familiar little whistle saying "I'm awake Mum and Dad -- come and get meeeeee!!". We just have to keep watching him to make sure he doesn't have another turn. If so, straight back to the vet. My boyfriend and I both knew we liked Murph a lot but I don't think we realised just how much a part of the 'family' he was until we thought we were losing him. Even Floyd started to freak out when Murph was sick. Ahhhh, our two little kids -- Floyd and Murphy! Floyd & Murphy -- www.dogster.com/?41095