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psmith510 psmith510 is offline
Posted 14th February 2019, 08:52 PM
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Injured Pigeon - Neurological Damage Reno, NV

Found an injured pigeon Sunday 2-10-2019 in a pile of snow. His head was upside done and he was very cold. Took home, warmed up, gave him drink, made nest to support his body and turned his neck so head was up. Propped straight head on nest. In morning he could hold his head the correct way. He is eating, drinking and pooping. He doesn't have good balance and doesn't even try to fly. He likes to stay leaning in corner in pen when not eating. He does watch everything I do. so he is alert. Just not very active. So I think he is in pain.

Never had a pigeon, before and do not know what to do for him. We are in Reno, NV.
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Posted 15th February 2019, 05:53 AM
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Don't know if it's an option for you, but here is a list of no-kill animal shelters in Nevada. Maybe one of them can help:

Clicking on the link won't work--you'll need to right-click it and open it in a new tab or window.
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Posted 15th February 2019, 10:44 AM
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It's possible the pigeon has paramyxovirus, it affects the nervous system. There's no cure, the virus will shed itself in 6-8 weeks. Unfortunately the pigeon will be unreleasable cause the symptoms might return when stressed. You are doing everything right, it's a good thing he is able to eat and drink by himself. Just make sure he is indeed eating and not scattering the seeds around. If the droppings are green and creamy, then he is not eating and you will need to handfeed him.

Just keep stress to the minimum for now, this might worsen his symptoms. Don't be alarmed if the bird has horrible seizures, these are all caused by the virus. Horrible to watch, but at least they are not in pain when it happens.

Do some reading up on the internet, then you will have a better understanding of the disease.
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Posted 15th February 2019, 10:51 AM
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Jeff with neurological damage

Jeff's poops are firm white in middle, black around edge. So he is eating. Keeps very quite; likes to just stand and watch, sometime will walk but not much. Tries to fly falls on side.
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Posted 15th February 2019, 11:07 AM
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He could also be ill with something else that causes those symptoms, or could have been injured by flying into something or a car or something hitting him. You will just need to give supportive care and see how he does. He may get worse, or may get better, only time will tell. If he gets sicker, it could also be salmonella or something else. If that be the case, then he would need antibiotics. If PMV, as Marina has said, then nothing you can really do but give supportive care till the virus runs its course. Let us know how he does. Watch and make sure he is getting enough to eat and drink.

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass........It's about learning to dance in the rain.
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Posted 15th February 2019, 07:05 PM
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Thank you for helping him. Hope he improves soon. Lovely bird!
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