I know I have not been on the forum in a while. I was sick, computer crashed and nothing but a comedy of errors for months.
The beginning of March, ZoZo started a molt and they always seem to be hard on him. I noticed ZoZo’s droppings changed. They became watery with a lime green coloring with some undigested seed present and he no longer wanted seed. ZoZo was a seed junky, but his diet was supplemented with various fruits, vegetables and meats. He was not a picky eater. Needless to say, I immediately took him to the vet. His weight was good, feathers good; nares, eyes and vent clear. Vet did a gram stain and only positive bacteria was present. ZoZo was put on a regimen of SMZ-TMP. His droppings returned to normal but he no longer wanted seed. He wanted egg noodles, mashed sweet potatoes, etc. He was maintaining his weight and seemed to be back to his normal, goofy self. My vet said to give him what he wanted as long as it was healthy. I guess my Avian Vet was suspecting a serious condition, but hoping it wasn’t every Bird Owner’s worst nightmare. Now in hindsight, all ZoZo wanted was easily digestible foods. I guess I should also mention that he still loved his chicken and pork and would tear it up when I made it for dinner.
On June 26, 2012, my worst fears came to light. ZoZo was fine all day on Tuesday until about 8:30 pm. It was as if a light switch was turned on. Zo was sitting with my husband in another room. My husband came and got me to say that he believes something is wrong with Zo. I took ZoZo into another room with me. He seemed a little off and sleepy. I let him sleep on me when he started to vomit mucous. This was 9:30pm.
After that, he then became wobbly when he walked. He flew out to his eating station and tried to eat some egg noodles. He then started to walk and it appeared as if he was drunk. Instead of his cage, he wanted to sit on one of his favorite places and nap so I allowed it as not to stress him. I put his cage in my bedroom as to keep a watch of him until I could get him to the vet in the morning.
Around midnight, ZoZo vomited mucous again. I tried to put him on his platform perch, which is where he prefers to sleep, but he kept climbing to his higher perch. Around 1:30am he was agitated. I jumped out of bed and I was lucky to catch him before he fell off his perch. I placed him on my down comforter and covered him with a towel. He then laid down and breathing became quicker and labored. My husband started talking to him and gently petting his head. I still had some SMZ-TMP but as I was trying to administer it, it was as if Zo could not fully open his beak. His beak was partially opened and I was able to get some of the medicine in. My husband continued to talk to him, while I tried to get in touch with my Avian Vet.
Needless to say I couldn’t reach my vet, so I called the emergency number begging them to get in touch with my vet or giving me his home number. Of course no avian vet is on call and they stated they did not have his personal number. They gave me other vets to try and of course no avian vet on call and yet they all agreed that he should be seen by one. I must have called over 20 vets/animal hospitals in a 150 mile radius to no avail. I was frantic and desperately trying to relay the urgency in a vet seeing my baby.
In the meantime, my baby’s condition is deteriorating and all we can do is keep him calm until my avian vet arrives in his office around 9:00 am. At 5:00 am, Zo can no longer hold his head up, he is flat with his legs splayed behind him and his wings laid out flat and his head down. It appeared to me that paralysis set in. My husband then held him on his chest, with a towel over him while we continued to talk softly to him promising we were trying to get him help.
At 6:00 am, ZoZo had a seizure. I then administered a little more SMZ. At 7:15 am, we packed up Zo and headed to the vet hoping that someone would be in early. We arrived at the vet’s a little after 8:00 am and fortunately, the receptionist was in early. Stated she received my messages and contacted the Vet. He immediately saw ZoZo and I knew it was not good. ZoZo was still breathing but pretty much unresponsive. The Vet put him in an aquarium with a heating pad and oxygen. He stated he was going to give him an injection of baytril but we were only looking at a 10% chance of Zo surviving. The vet told me to call at 2:00 pm for an update.
We reluctantly went home to try to get a few hours of sleep as we had now been up for 27 hours. I dozed off for a half hour when my vet called with the bad news. Even with the antibiotic injection, his breathing was still labored and getting faster, he then had another seizure for which he was given valium. His breathing continued to get more labored and quicker until his poor little system could not handle it and he passed away at approximate 10:40 am on June 27, 2012.
My vet then performed a necropsy with my approval and called me at 8:00 pm with the results. ZoZo died as a result of PDD – Parrot Wasting Disease.
In hindsight, I suspected this diagnosis from when he took ill in March. He was the best pet and friend anyone could wish for. Our hearts are breaking and tears will not stop flowing. RIP my dearest love and may you fly with the angels! We miss you!