questionsshould i take my bird to see the vet?

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I'd look up what it could possibly be online.
Then depending on that, call the vet and see what they say.

(I hope it's just a birdie cold and she feels better soon!)

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Just got off the phone with the vet and they don't know what the problem could be. Seems they want to run all sorts of tests (sounds expensive).

Things Mentioned:
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Initial Visit
Blood Work
Incubator
Antibiotics

May have to stay over night for observation.

What have I gotten myself into? Anyone want a pet bird? She's really cute.

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To say it as nicely as possible: If you don't want to deal with the costs of owning an animal, you shouldn't have gotten the animal in the first place. Then again it is just a bird, but you did commit yourself to the bird when you purchased it. Don't make me out to be some crazy animal rights activist, I hunt, birds especially. But when I shoot a bird and it doesn't die instantly, I'm committed to getting to it and ending it ASAP.

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I am not a vet, but I do own many pet birds, including a sun conure.

The ONLY acceptable advice is to take your pet to a vet - and in this case, specifically an avian vet if there is one nearby. Excessive sleeping (especially if they are on the floor of their cage) is one of several symptoms that can indicate illness. In many cases, by the time a bird starts exhibiting noticeable behavior changes, he has likely been sick for some time and is need of immediate attention.

Take him to the vet - please.

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@cengland0: You know, you could always see if your vet has payment plans, or can recommend another vet that provides those. If you're worried about getting hit with a lot of costs at once (because yeah, it does add up and it adds up fast, just like when you get sick and have to go in, but pets don't have insurance) it might help.

Good luck! I will be sending good thoughts your way for you and your bird!

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There is nothing logical about owning a pet. They bring you happiness, in return you feed them and keep them healthy. YES you should take your bird to the vet.

Birds tend not to show symptoms of illness until the situation is dire.

I had a Sun Conure and a Blue Crown Conure for about 4 years. We had them each since they were 3 days old, bottle feeding them and weaning them, etc. Suddenly our Sun (Cephas) started fluttering rather than flying (he was always an acrobat), and started becoming lethargic. Of course, we noticed problems on a Friday night. Took him to the emergency vet on Saturday, only to find out that they can't treat birds. Found an emergency vet that treats birds in Marietta, GA and took him there Saturday. They started treatment and kept him overnight. Sunday, he passed.

Heartbroken, and with a new (human) child in the house, we decided to give our Blue Crown (Cassie) to another bird family so she would continue to live with other birds.

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I am saddened that you even pose this conundrum.
Using your logic: if you take in a stray, its annual shots are going to cost more money than you paid for the animal, so either you withhold treatment -or- it should be considered a "Total Loss" and euthanized (scrapped).
Do you have a "Lifetime Maximum Benefit", above which you would withhold treatment?
Or is it an "Annual Maximum Benefit", where the bird would have to survive until January (the Open Enrollment Period, or the Anniversary Date, whichever is sooner) to receive further treatment?

Your logic suggests that a pet has no intrinsic value other than the initial purchase price.

Do you work in insurance?

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Status update. I'm at the vet now. I'll keep everyone informed of the progress.

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@eraten: You're right about I should have thought about the costs first. However, this is a long story about having a racing pigeon fly into the garage and buying an expensive cage for it. When I finally found the owner of the pigeon, I made an impulse purchase to get a replacement bird.

I realized my mistake right away. I have about $1000 invested in the bird, cage, toys, etc. already and have asked many neighbors and friends if they would take the bird free of charge. None of them wanted it. So now I have this bird and it's going to be costing much more after vet bills.

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The doctor just did a preliminary exam and discovered it's a Jenday instead of a sun conure. She has a heart murmor. Has to stay 3 days at the vet on antibiotics and a whole workup.

Minimum cost $453.21 and up to $541.41.

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Why not take your search for a new home for birdy to the internet? Try to not hand the creature over to someone just looking for a free meal, though.

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For those of you who are judging me by me questioning if I should go to the vet or not, let's use this same logic with your child.

Do you take your kid to the emergency room when they have a runny nose or dont eat breakfast? Probably not until you notice other symptoms like a fever. You want to do what is medically necessary but not if your child will be better tomorrow on its own.

I didnt know how severe the issue was and if it was medically necessary. Now that she was brought to the vet and they confirmed she needs help, i know i made the right decision now.

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@mtw1057: thanks for that advice but I was worried someone would be a worse caregiver than myself or that they wanted a free bird and cage to resell and make a profit. I wanted to make sure they had previous bird experience and had the time to play with her instead of keeping her locked up in the cage all day.

I wanted her to have a loving home.

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@cengland0: Thank you for doing what is right!

Too many people adopt/buy pets without thinking through the long term commitment and costs. There are many parrot rescue groups that will help you find a suitable home for your bird after it has recovered. Even chronically ill birds can find homes with volunteers devoted to their care. Here is one list to get you started. If there aren't any near you, many of these organizations will put the word out through their network to find a suitable placement.

Good luck!

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To echo @gionot: Thank you for doing the right thing. I realize that in the current economic situation money can be scarce at times, but that's no reason to give a pet a death sentence when help is available. There are others who can/will help.

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I was sure there would be a bird flu joke at the end of this.

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Sorry @cengland, the OP really rubbed me the wrong way. Thank you for doing the right thing.

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Here's a picture of my poor birdy in her incubator at the vet. She has to stay there for 3 days.

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Your updates have been greatly appreciated - she seems to be in great hands.

And she's absolutely gorgeous!
I'm thinking good thoughts and I hope everything works out well for both of you.

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@jessiekaye: Thanks. I just received a call from the vet and she said the bird definitely needs to stay until Monday.

She's eating now but is passing whole seed in her poop. There's still something wrong but don't know what it is yet.

I'm learning more about my bird in the past two days that I have in decades of taking care of birds. Apparently seed designed specifically for these birds have peanuts in them. Technically peanuts are good for the bird but the problems is that a high percentage of them are contaminated with a fungus and that makes the unacceptable to give to these birds. Oops, who would have thought.

So now I have a list of things to watch out for (like no avocados) for my sweet birdie.

I am so glad that I took it to the vet. The final decision making process was when clear fluid came out her nose/beak. At that point I knew it was something serious and not just that she's tired.

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@cengland0: I'm glad, too!
It's hard to know, especially with birds, when a non-emergency situation requires immediate attention. Sometimes symptoms aren't obvious and they can't tell us they're in trouble - so you just have to know your pet well and go on gut instinct. As bird owner myself, I'm really glad you did just that.

Diet is such a huge factor in caring for pet birds. I'm sure you're vet will give you a lot more information, and the more you learn about your specific breed, the more joy & appreciation you'll have for your pet bird.

I hope she recovers quickly and you're back together again soon!

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@jessiekaye: Diet is so huge that I've been interrogated by the doctor for three days straight about her diet already.

So the latest update is that she is now more vocal than before and has been caught eating more food than before. She is still passing whole seed but it's not as bad as it was yesterday.

Birdie is no longer in the incubator and is in a standard cage.

The doctor said she should be able to come home tomorrow around 4 - 6 pm with extended home care and medication.