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So, a less than 2 months ago, as some of you know, I adopted two parrots, a blue front amazon and a moluccan cockatoo. Its been quite the ride, thats for sure! I'm starting to re-think my decision to take these guys on. So heres whats gone on since my my last post.

Max, the amazon, it turns out, suffers from seizures. I had a cockatiel that also suffered from them, it was pretty obvious, he would thrash and be unable to control his movements, eventually, he got better once I figured out what the heck was wrong with him. (Metal poisoning.) Anyways, I was unprepared for Max's episode, he just collapsed and started making this horrid squawking sound. He had two, each one lasted about a minute or less, they were roughly 15 to 20 minutes apart. Next day- as you all know, these things ALWAYS happen at night when the avian vets are closed, we took him in, after a plenty of tests, a couple days stay and lots of money, we have him back. It turns out, there are several issues with this poor guy, some are diet related, which we were trying to turn around and some of it is damage from ages ago- our avian vet suspects he is much older than we thought. Possibly 40 years old. Now our goals with Max have changed a bit. We went from trying to get him on a healthier diet and to trust us a little more so we could handle him to the aforementioned plus somehow administer his oral medication to him- he is sick so time is of the essence here. Any tips? And now because of the tests and his vet visit, he seems to really dislike people, he is even lunging and trying to bite me, which he had not done before. Its starting to make Cleo, our moluccan seem like a piece cake. (More about him a little later. )
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So, a less than 2 months ago, as some of you know, I adopted two parrots, a blue front amazon and a moluccan cockatoo. Its been quite the ride, thats for sure! I'm starting to re-think my decision to take these guys on. So heres whats gone on since my my last post.

Max, the amazon, it turns out, suffers from seizures. I had a cockatiel that also suffered from them, it was pretty obvious, he would thrash and be unable to control his movements, eventually, he got better once I figured out what the heck was wrong with him. (Metal poisoning.) Anyways, I was unprepared for Max's episode, he just collapsed and started making this horrid squawking sound. He had two, each one lasted about a minute or less, they were roughly 15 to 20 minutes apart. Next day- as you all know, these things ALWAYS happen at night when the avian vets are closed, we took him in, after a plenty of tests, a couple days stay and lots of money, we have him back. It turns out, there are several issues with this poor guy, some are diet related, which we were trying to turn around and some of it is damage from ages ago- our avian vet suspects he is much older than we thought. Possibly 40 years old. Now our goals with Max have changed a bit. We went from trying to get him on a healthier diet and to trust us a little more so we could handle him to the aforementioned plus somehow administer his oral medication to him- he is sick so time is of the essence here. Any tips? And now because of the tests and his vet visit, he seems to really dislike people, he is even lunging and trying to bite me, which he had not done before. Its starting to make Cleo, our moluccan seem like a piece cake. (More about him a little later. )
Can you disguise his medication in his food?
With Rockys medication (My OW Amazon), I mix it in some fruit juice for him, he likes to drink off a spoon or out his cup.

Or I mix it in with grapes.

Or I can soak some sunflower hearts in it for him.

Is that an option for your meds?
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Figuring out his "favorite" food seems to be quite the battle, he was on a mostly all generic seed diet when I adopted him- its been hard to peg down what he likes that isn't seed- one day he'll love something and the next day, he'll refuse to eat it, he seems to consistently like pumpkin seeds but its hard to "hide" his medicine in them. Two of the medicines are oil based and the other is a crushed pill. I will try the grape idea tonight.

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Figuring out his "favorite" food seems to be quite the battle, he was on a mostly all generic seed diet when I adopted him- its been hard to peg down what he likes that isn't seed- one day he'll love something and the next day, he'll refuse to eat it, he seems to consistently like pumpkin seeds but its hard to "hide" his medicine in them. Two of the medicines are oil based and the other is a crushed pill. I will try the grape idea tonight.

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For the oil based one try taking the seeds out of the husk with the Pumpkin seeds, put his oil based meds into a dish and soak some of the pumpkin seeds in it, remove all his other food and put only that in. Leave him for half an hour or so and see if he eats it.
This is best done around the time he would normally go down to eat.
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Sorry you're having to go through this. If time is of the essence, I would be toweling him and giving him it straight away. The more time you spend trying to train him the less time he is having the medication that he needs

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Update

Well, I managed to give Max, most of his daily medicine, he still refuses the selenium but our avian vet is ok with that. We took him in for a check up on Sunday and she seems very pleased with his progress thus far. His colors are more vibrant and he certainly seems more active (Last Thursday night he managed to wrestle a spoon containing oatmeal out of my hands and then proceeded to attempt to beat me with it through the cage bars! I think he is a little resentful about seeing the vet and taking medication.) The seizures are most likely a permanent thing- possible damage from a very old injury. A dark spot showed up in xrays on his head, our vet is certain that it is probably the cause. But moving forward! Thank you for all your helpful advice!

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