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Urgent cockatiel attacked by dog

ChichiMango

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Hey this is my first post here and I signed up so I can get some advice.
It was just 20 mins ago, I stupidly let my dog in while my cockatiels are out of their cage. One of them got spooked by something and started flying, which my dog saw and started chasing her. Then my bird got cornered and my dog started biting(??) the bird and small feathers were going everywhere. I later shooed away the dog and checked the bird, and she doesn't look like she has any visible injuries other than a small bald spot next to her right eye. She was breathing heavily and was startled but she's calm now and I manage to bring her back to the cage. I want to bring her to the vets but they're not open until Tuesday. What do you think I should do? Should i clean her a bit?
 

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Vet, ASAP. Dogs and cats carry deadly bacteria in their saliva and your tiel can die very quickly from infection. He needs antibiotics.
 

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The area around her eye looks sore and if your dog was biting her you should take her to the vet. Is there an emergency vet in your area? Are there no vets opened on the weekend? Monitor her closely. Check her thoroughly and make sure there are no injuries. Even if you see nothing externally there could be internal injuries (I hope not.).
Keep her quiet and let her rest but do consider finding a vet to take her to.
You can check on this website for vets:
Association of Avian Veterinarians


Hope your 'tiel will be OK.
 

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Your poor wee bird. I would definitely be trying to get an emergency vet. That bald patch around the eye and the feather loss alone needs checked and as @iamwhoiam stated, she needs to be resting and monitored closely. She may have puncture wounds elsewhere from the dog.
Hope she is okay...please keep us posted :)
 

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she needs an antibiotics shot ASAP!!
 

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I thought only cats had the deadly bacteria.

The vet can also give your baby something to help calm him down. I am sorry this happened. I too have a dog with high prey drive, and even with the best of intentions these things happen. :(
 

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Thanks for joining to help out your bird. Vet is the best idea. Hope you can find one close enough. Please keep us posted. You must be stressed out with worry.
 

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I thought only cats had the deadly bacteria.

The vet can also give your baby something to help calm him down. I am sorry this happened. I too have a dog with high prey drive, and even with the best of intentions these things happen. :(


No not just cats. Many mammals carry the pastuerella bacteria and it is quite deadly to birds. Dogs, ferrets, rats, raccoons, cats are all carriers of the pastuerella bacteria and can infect a bird with a tiny bite or getting saliva into the eyes, mouth or a small wound. In human it is commonly known as cat scratch fever.
 

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Thank you all for the replies.
It's been a couple of hours and she's acting normal like how she does (eg. Eating, wanting pets) but I'll keep a close watch on her.
I'll try to bring her to a vet asap because I'm worried about the saliva thing.
Thank you guys
 

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I am sorry that happened but relieved to hear that you will take her to the vet and ensure that she will be safer from now on.
Hope she heals well.
 

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Thank you all for the replies.
It's been a couple of hours and she's acting normal like how she does (eg. Eating, wanting pets) but I'll keep a close watch on her.
I'll try to bring her to a vet asap because I'm worried about the saliva thing.
Thank you guys

don't "try". Do it.
 

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No not just cats. Many mammals carry the pastuerella bacteria and it is quite deadly to birds. Dogs, ferrets, rats, raccoons, cats are all carriers of the pastuerella bacteria and can infect a bird with a tiny bite or getting saliva into the eyes, mouth or a small wound. In human it is commonly known as cat scratch fever.
Thanks!
 

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Thank you all for the replies.
It's been a couple of hours and she's acting normal like how she does (eg. Eating, wanting pets) but I'll keep a close watch on her.
I'll try to bring her to a vet asap because I'm worried about the saliva thing.
Thank you guys
That's an emergency situation. An Avian Vet is needed and time is of the essence. I lost my first Budgie less than 24 hours after he was in contact with cat saliva. Please don't delay.
 

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Thank you all for the replies.
It's been a couple of hours and she's acting normal like how she does (eg. Eating, wanting pets) but I'll keep a close watch on her.
I'll try to bring her to a vet asap because I'm worried about the saliva thing.
Thank you guys
The saliva thing is very real and can kill a bird in a few days without a antibiotic. I rescued a baby grackle from a cat and was feeding and keeping it safe and warm. At first he was fine and acting like any scared wild bird that we try to help. In a day he got kinda sluggish at times and by the next day he was very sick and died from the minor cat bite poisoning:( I would at least try to find some antibiotics that will counteract the stuff she MIGHT have gotten into her system but hope you take her to the vet and either way she turns out fine, good luck and we're all hoping for the best outcome here.
 

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Good that she seems to be doing better but have a vet check her. It's always better to be safe rather than sorry.
 

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I hope she’s okay, the poor little bird must have been scared to death. I hope you take her to a vet, even if it’s just an emergency vet to get antibiotics. It could save her life, and if you see that she’s becoming ill, it might be too late at that point.
 
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