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stroke or ataxia

JenA

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My 1.5 year old pineapple conure passed away on Christmas day. She struggled for 2 weeks with left-side muscle weakness and could not walk. During these 2 weeks I think she was having seizures, as she was spontaneously flying around and hitting things, and could not land and perch. Vet said neurological issue. It seems like either a stroke or ataxia, in my opinion, but who knows. I am devastated and just want some answers as to why this happened to my baby, just overnight.
 

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I am very sorry for your loss.
 

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If a bird is known to have a window/ wall strike, but seems ok ,
it should be cage rested for about 3 days and evaluated to see if seems normal . This rest is to allow brain swelling to go down , and prevent a second strike , as they are often a little disorientated..as well as to prevent blood pressure from going up with activity that can make brain swelling worse..
If it has a strike and anything seems off , should go to the veterinarian. As like you did, there are medication to help bring down brain swelling.

If this is unknown ataxia , seizure of unknown origin, I'm not sure what you could have done ,other than going to the veterinarian like you did
 

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If a bird is known to have a window/ wall strike, but seems ok ,
it should be cage rested for about 3 days and evaluated to see if seems normal . This rest is to allow brain swelling to go down , and prevent a second strike , as they are often a little disorientated..as well as to prevent blood pressure from going up with activity that can make brain swelling worse..
If it has a strike and anything seems off , should go to the veterinarian. As like you did, there are medication to help bring down brain swelling.

If this is unknown ataxia , seizure of unknown origin, I'm not sure what you could have done ,other than going to the veterinarian like you did
Thank you, it just came on so suddenly, no sign of trauma, xrays showed no sign of trauma, and medication to bring down brain swelling didn't seem to work. We were so confused with what was happening. I'm sure we made some mistakes as this was so sudden. I wish I'd been more prepared. All I can do is beat myself up over everything, but we tried.
 

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Thank you, it just came on so suddenly, no sign of trauma, xrays showed no sign of trauma, and medication to bring down brain swelling didn't seem to work. We were so confused with what was happening. I'm sure we made some mistakes as this was so sudden. I wish I'd been more prepared. All I can do is beat myself up over everything, but we tried.
I do not think this is one you can beat yourself up about. It's very unusual
I'm sorry you lost your beautiful baby
 

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I do not think this is one you can beat yourself up about. It's very unusual
I'm sorry you lost your beautiful baby
Thank you. This is why I think it may have been genetic. Came out of the blue. Just have to grieve with no answers. But thank you for your support. It's hard to find support for bird loss as most people deal with cats or dog loss, which I have as well also.
 

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My sweet little doodle, unfortunately, died from hitting a window. I only had him for a month but he was fully tamed and loved spending time around us. He will always be missed. :(
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I am so sorry for your loss. It’s so hard not knowing. I hope you can find peace very quickly :sadhug2:
 

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So sorry for your loss.
 

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Truly sorry to hear of the loss of your baby.
 

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My sweet little doodle, unfortunately, died from hitting a window. I only had him for a month but he was fully tamed and loved spending time around us. He will always be missed. :(
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I'm so sorry for your loss, I just wish I knew what brought this on. We are so sad without her.
 

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Thank you so much, I just wish we had answers. The sudden illness is difficult to understand.
I can't even imagine how it must feel. It seems to happen that way quite often with birds. Perhaps because they hide their pain/symptoms so well. I hope you find peace.
 
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