About the Campaign
Seizures Started Recently
Getting worse, medication not helping
“Big Foot” the Congo African Grey Parrot
She is 30 years-old and could easily live to 60, but about a month ago she started acting strange… especially lethargic. Normally this sweet bird is very active and talkative, but she has been getting quieter.
Howard took her to the doctor
VCA Animal Hospital in Upland examined Big Foot and did some tests. They are not sure what is happening, but did start her on medications. Her owner, Howard, suffers from seizures himself and thought she might have epilepsy.
Howard thought the medication might be helping for a few days, but sadly in the last week it is clear Big Foot is doing worse.
She was raised from a baby by Howard’s mother, who passed away in 2009. Howard inherited her (and 2 other birds) and is a bird lover himself. His father has passed as well, and Big Foot is a link to and reminder of his parents for Howard.
He has medical problems himself, suffering from seizures since he was a child. A few years ago Howard severely injured his back in a seizure. He cannot work, having up to 5 minor seizures in a day, on a bad day. Howard relies on a limited fixed income and the expenses related to the care Big Foot will need is beyond his budget.
In this video she may be having a mild seizure:
VCA Central in Upland did extensive work on Big Foot, costing Howard a bit over $300, the bill he paid is below (click to enlarge).
However, the need to do more testing, including a set of detailed x-rays, a full blood work up and aerobic culture. These tests add up, and the total is a bit over $1000.00 which Howard simply does not have available.
Birds are treated at “Exotic Pet Veterinarians” and these specialists can be expensive. Howard is getting a very reasonable price, and the doctor is sympathetic to the case, but tests have to be paid for. If we can get the tests done, and discover what the root problem is, it may be treatable with medications, or other low-cost solutions. If it is costly the vet will work with us and we will find ways to get that taken care of when we get there.
You can help now
All donations are specifically and strictly for Big Foot! Your donation is paid directly and only to her veterinarian. If we end up not doing the tests, donations will be refunded! Please donate in confidence.
Poor Big Foot is not herself. You can see in some of the videos she has been pulling our her chest feathers, a clear sign of anxiety and fear in birds. This is similar to self-harm in people. She needs our help, and honestly, it won’t take that much. Can you help her today?