Lisa Shea True Blue Soulmate
Joined: Oct 2004
Sad news - Ivory the parakeet age 11 passed away today from fluid buildup. Just one week ago she was singing and happy. Parakeets are sensitive creatures, it's important to take any sign of ailment seriously. Here is the video from a week ago.
This then is the video I took of her right before we brought her to the vet, earlier this afternoon. I'm not sure if you can hear it, but she makes a soft "eeep" noise with each breath, that shows she is in distress. She was fine until yesterday, when she had difficulties flying across the room. We watched her closely and when she was breathing like this today we immediately got her in to the vet. Sadly, she passed away while they were doing her xrays.
sorry to hear the news...11 is a good age but also sorry to say with the second video could not hear anything but what sounded like water running in the background...
in the video she looks like a healthy bird...she is not fluffed up and she is sitting upright... except to say maybe a bit overheated as at times as she is holding her wings away from her body...other than that could not tell much from second video...sorry
glad to hear you will have a post-mortem done tho...one never really knows without having that done...im sure your bill will be staggering also as with tufts nothing is cheap...one of the best places to go just most can not afford to go there...which is why I always say for folks to be sure they also have plenty saved for vet emergencies.
always hard to lose a long time friend ...again sorry for your loss.
Last edited by illusive Fantasy; 06/28/1311:22 AM.
I know this was posted some time ago, but $200 to cremate a 2 ounce parakeet is an outrageous ripoff. They should be very ashamed of themselves to charge this much for a tiny bird.
I had to cremate my dog, my beloved best friend -- she was a 40 lb border collie, and the cost was $75. You could have done about 300 parakeets (theoretically) for that kind of money!
Thought I understand people wanting to keep ashes of a beloved pet, I have buried my parakeets or other small pets -- usually in the garden. I try to keep around small colorful tins or pretty boxes, when I find them, so I can lay them to rest in a safe little place without fear of them being violated.
They are very dear little birds, and you can really get attached to them! but that doesn't make it right when vets or pet hospitals exploit owners.
I am really demoralized that vets -- who supposedly love animals -- would go for something that shoddy. A used car salesman, maybe. But a vet?
I've had similar situations myself, especially where I was heartbroken over a sick or dying pet, and the vet kept doing procedures without telling us it was A. hopeless and maybe even causing the pet suffering and B. it was going to cost a fortune (no actual prices named nor choices given).
It is especially sad with tiny birds like parakeets; there is not a lot you can treat them with when they get sick. I had a sick keet (many years ago) and the vet (not even an avian specialist) took the bird, and intubated him -- very likely killing him in the process. Then they did not call me for almost 12 hours; when I called after work to see how my bird was, the receptionist said "oh yeah....it died right away" (!!!!). Nobody bothered to tell me. The vet blamed it on the CAGE -- a fancy bamboo cage -- he said it wasn't suitable. And they would not return the cage until I paid the bill!