How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Dan Your Own Question
Dr. Dan
Dr. Dan, Bird Veterinarian
Category: Bird
Satisfied Customers: 8925
Experience:  12 years of pet, wildlife, and zoo avian experience, PLEASE rate my service when satisfied.
17018043
Type Your Bird Question Here...
Dr. Dan is online now

My lovebird is around 18 years old and he is losing control

Resolved Question:

My lovebird is around 18 years old and he is losing control of his neck muscles,is this old age or something else.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Shantal-Mod replied 3 years ago.

Hello,

I've been working hard to find a Professional to assist you with your question, but sometimes finding the right Professional can take a little longer than expected.

I wonder whether you're ok with continuing to wait for an answer. If you are, please let me know and I will continue my search. If not, feel free to let me know and I will cancel this question for you.

Thank you,

Shantal
Expert:  Dr. Dan replied 3 years ago.
Hello!

Thank you for your question, I'm Dr. Dan and I'll try to help you.

Is his neck causing his head to tilt to one specific side or is his neck twisted around?

Dr. Dan
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

His neck is twisted around but he always tries to face forward again,he can feed and drink facing forward but seems to have little control in keeping his head where he wants it.

Expert:  Dr. Dan replied 3 years ago.
Thanks for the information. What you are describing is indeed vertigo! This is due to the nerve being irritated that deals with balance. This irritation can be due to stroke, trauma, virus, bacteria, or no obvious reason. Dizzy birds twist their head and neck like you are seeing (called torticollis) and may have trouble with their balance. What you need to do right now is to take all the perches out of the cage and put a thick towel and even cloth nest in the bottom of the cage. Bring the food and water down to him as well. Have him seen by the vet in the morning to check for an ear infection. If there is one it can be treated, if not then usually time will pass and as long as he's eating this usually resolves on it's own given enough time.

I hope this helps, best wishes.
Dr. Dan
Dr. Dan, Bird Veterinarian
Category: Bird
Satisfied Customers: 8925
Experience: 12 years of pet, wildlife, and zoo avian experience, PLEASE rate my service when satisfied.
Dr. Dan and other Bird Specialists are ready to help you

Related Bird Questions