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R.I.P Gracey

My African Grey, Gracey, passed away in the car on my way to my home in florida on 12/13/13. She was 15 year old. I've been through all the emotions. I took her to a local avian vet to have a necropsy performed. Apparently my little girl was extremely sick. She had a very enlarged heart, very enlarged liver, enlarged spleen (chlamidia test is being performed) And she passed from blood in her lungs. This is usually a sign of teflon/inhalant poisoning. So after thinking and thinking what I had changed, the only thing I could think of is that I started reusing my mister, in the bedroom where we all slept, with a few drops of eucalyptus oil. The vet is certain that this is what caused her bleeding into the lungs, which killed her.

It hurts, but i need to inform all in the bird community that natural oils are NOT SAFE

Very Sad, I will miss her very much, she was a sweetheart.
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Oh no!!!! What a horrible thing to happen I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for informing us


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I am so sorry for your loss.

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Hello mytish8,
I knew that you may not use essential oils in the room where you keep your parrots, but I'm rather shocked to read that a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the air can kill them.

I'm sure you couldn't know that. It's so sad that Grace flew over the the rainbow bridge. Fly free, little one!
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I am so sorry that you lost your Gracey. We all make mistakes - usually without any clue that we are doing the wrong thing. For example, I didn't know that my parrotlet's cage was coated with a paint that was high in zinc until it was too late to save her. Many cases of toxicity build slowly and the bird shows no sign of distress until it is too late to help them.

Don't be too hard on yourself. I think you are very brave for sharing your knowledge with others. Wishing you comfort and peace.


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I'm so sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing it with us I don't usually use oils but now I definately wont

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I'm so sorry for your loss! After 15 yrs I'm sure the loss is deeply felt, like a stab in your heart. Please don't put yourself on a guilt trip, it never helps. Thank you for being brave to share your sad experience.

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It's really hard when it's so sudden. I took her to the vet about 4 months ago and explained the changes that I was seeing, her feathers were not coming in correctly and she was shredding them on one wing. The avian vet said that it was a condition that their was no cure for. Now i'm wondering if the vet new then that something was more and didn't want me to freak out. I know birds are very hard to diagnose, but I still feel bad I didn't spoil her more because I was watching that I didn't hurt her with too many treats.

I want to say thank you to everyone for the kind and comforting words. It does help.
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This is awful. I am so sorry. Rest in peace, Gracey...




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It's really hard when it's so sudden. I took her to the vet about 4 months ago and explained the changes that I was seeing, her feathers were not coming in correctly and she was shredding them on one wing. The avian vet said that it was a condition that their was no cure for. Now i'm wondering if the vet new then that something was more and didn't want me to freak out. I know birds are very hard to diagnose, but I still feel bad I didn't spoil her more because I was watching that I didn't hurt her with too many treats.

I want to say thank you to everyone for the kind and comforting words. It does help.
A condition with no cure? PBFD (Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease) is all I can think of that would be in relation to feathers
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So very sorry for your loss and thank you for letting us know about the eucalyptus oil.
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