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#426604 - 06/27/13 11:56 AM Ivory the Parakeet passed away today
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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.

Ivory - June 20 2013

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.

Ivory - June 27 2013

Tufts is doing a post-mortem on Ivory and I will post those results as well as the xrays when I receive them.

I am sad - Ivory lived in my home office. I work in here all day every day. So she was my constant companion and would sing with me and fly over to me.
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#426610 - 06/28/13 04:16 AM Re: Ivory the Parakeet passed away today [Re: Lisa Shea]
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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.


Edited by illusive Fantasy (06/28/13 04:22 AM)
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#426612 - 06/29/13 12:06 AM Re: Ivory the Parakeet passed away today [Re: Lisa Shea]
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So sorry to hear the news that Ivory has died. You must have done an amazing job through the years to keep her so healthy for 11 years.

I know you already feel the loss of your office friend. Hopefully you can open your heart again to a new office friend when the time is right.

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#426652 - 07/08/13 02:57 AM Re: Ivory the Parakeet passed away today [Re: Lisa Shea]
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Lisa any news as yet from Tufts yet on what they found out about the bird...seems it would of been completed by now...???
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#426685 - 07/13/13 02:22 AM Re: Ivory the Parakeet passed away today [Re: Lisa Shea]
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Sorry to hear that, Lisa.
It's always truly horrible to lose a beloved pet.

She's so chirpy in the first video and looks so sad in the second.


Edited by PDM (07/13/13 02:25 AM)
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#426688 - 07/14/13 05:27 AM Re: Ivory the Parakeet passed away today [Re: Lisa Shea]
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"Tufts is doing a post-mortem on Ivory and I will post those results as well as the xrays when I receive them."

im still waiting for lisa to post the results of what was found out... frown
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#426692 - 07/14/13 01:58 PM Re: Ivory the Parakeet passed away today [Re: Lisa Shea]
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No news yet. She said it might take them a while to write it up.

On the other hand, they charged us $200 for the cremation alone and they were quite prompt in getting that bill to us (plus the bill for the other services). smile
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#426696 - 07/14/13 10:25 PM Re: Ivory the Parakeet passed away today [Re: Lisa Shea]
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My word that's expensive. Our vets cremated our little cat when she was killed by a car and they didn't charge anything like that amount.
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#426697 - 07/14/13 11:27 PM Re: Ivory the Parakeet passed away today [Re: Lisa Shea]
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that's TUFT'S for you....they maybe good in most areas, but lawdy they are outrageous on their cost...on top of that...they do get large donations as well.

but they need to be very ashamed of themselves for charging that amount for a little bird to cremate...how can they justify themselves for that geeeeeeeesh
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#429605 - 01/18/15 07:41 AM Re: Ivory the Parakeet passed away today [Re: Lisa Shea]
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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.

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#429616 - 01/22/15 06:35 AM Re: Ivory the Parakeet passed away today [Re: Lisa Shea]
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I agree - it was far too much money, and we made it clear that we were on a tight budget. They didn't tell us up front how much it would cost.
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#429618 - 01/22/15 07:28 AM Re: Ivory the Parakeet passed away today [Re: Lisa Shea]
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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!

Just very sorry for your experience.

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#429620 - 01/22/15 09:49 AM Re: Ivory the Parakeet passed away today [Re: Laurel962]
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Originally Posted By: Laurel962
.... 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 ....


I had that, too, Laurel, with our cat. Disgraceful. Luckily most of the vets whom we have encountered are not like that.
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