I am a new member to this community and also a new member to bird forums in general.
I've been worried about my lovebird lately because she has not been doing well.
Last Wednesday (today is Saturday for me), I first noticed something was off when she didn't wake me up around 7-8am when the sun rises. Instead of her usual loud chirps they were airy and softer. I didn't think too much about it at the time. Later that same day around 2pm I came to check on her and noticed that every time she did these airy/screechy chirps she twitched (it was like her whole body just bounced against her will). I was immediately concerned and rushed her to the nearest vet that would take in a bird.
When the vet saw her he confirmed she was having seizures and said there could be a multitude of causes (lead poisoning/heavy metal poisoning, tumors, internal problems, etc). He went ahead and took 2 X-rays of her, drew her blood for testing and gave her some diazepam for the seizures. The X-Rays showed something in her intestinal track. A bunch of little pieces of something. I couldn't imagine what she could have eaten since I only let her out of her cage once a week and not near something of that shape. The theory right now is that she may have eaten pieces of her old cage. She is a 13 year old bird and her cage was about 10 yrs old.
We are waiting for her blood work lab results to come in to confirm if it is lead poisoning (which sadly may be a best case scenario because it is more treatable than tumors and internal problems).
When I took her home she was knocked out from the sedation they gave her to draw her blood, etc. I immediately went to Petco and bought her a new cage. After setting it up for her I realized it is way too big for her. The bars are big and it's really tall and I'm afraid of her climbing up it and hurting herself so I bought her a new one online that is supposed to ship at the earliest by Tuesday.
She's been eating, and drinking a little bit. And pooping, but not as frequently and her poop tends to be thicker and stickier than usual.
Unfortunately, I have to wait till Monday for the medicine to treat her for the lead poisoning (if that is what's wrong) because the vet informed me there is no one in our area with medicine for her. We live in Florida and he had to order it all the way from New Jersey.
She's been twitching non-stop since Wednesday. On Wednesday she was knocked out for most of the day from the sedation then woke up ate and drank some and pooped and climbed her new cage.
On Thursday she didn't climb her cage anymore (maybe because she fell a few times? Maybe because the twitching is in inhibiting her?). She started screeching every time she twitched too non-stop. Even at night, though it is a little more subdued and she seems to have rare breaks where she doesn't squeak.
I gave her peanut butter and 1/8 tea spoon of plain Metamucil (with Psyllium as it's main ingredient) because the vet said it would help bind the pieces in her intestines and would help her poop it out. I tried the best I could to get her to eat the peanut butter since she's never had any before. I mixed it with the metamucil and her seeds and she only ate a little from my finger when I put it on her beak.
I'm afraid for her because I'm not sure how much sleep she is getting with this constant bodily shocks and screech with every shock. I called the vet today to see if we should have her sedated again because she may not have slept well since Wednesday and it is now Saturday and we have to wait till Monday to help her (meaning 4-5 days with poor sleep ). He told me it would be dangerous and he doesn't recommend it. Since she is so small she could overdose with it in her system especially since she got some Wednesday. He is optimistic she will make it to Monday and I pray she does too and I just want to help!
I feel ignorant for not realizing her old cage could be dangerous to her and I'm doing my best. Keeping her company as much as I can and trying to help her sleep by closing the blinds and the door to block out noise and light and throwing a blanket over parts of her cage at night to help so she can sleep.
I don't want her to exhaust her body out and I want to help!!
Please let me know what I can do!!!
And if you have any comments or suggestions about any part of my situation.
P.S. - Sorry this is so long, I just have no one to talk to about this and I wanted to share my story for others who may have the same problem.