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Question:

December 21, 2021

Love bird suddenly dies


Can a love bird die while being groom? Manga was fine before groom started filling her nails


Answer:

Hi Cindy,

Yes, birds can die suddenly while being groomed, although it is very rare. If this was a professional bird groomer or a Vet, then most likely it was just an unavoidable, sad loss. As a professional bird groomer, I’ve groomed thousands of birds, and only lost one. The Vet did a necropsy and could find no cause of death. Sometimes there us an underlying cause that is discovered afterwards, and sometimes it remains a mystery. You do have to be careful when restraining a bird, because you can literally smother a bird by squeezing it too hard. Their breast bone has to be able to rise and fall in order for a bird to breathe. So sadly, some bird owners have caused their own bird to die by trying to do their own grooming or letting friend do it. This is why I always stress to use a professional.

I am so sorry for your loss. It is a terrible way to lose a pet bird. Some birds do get more stressed than others, but a groomer would notice undue stress. And elderly birds need extra care and time when being groomed. I know none of this is of comfort. Again, I’m very sorry this happened.

Take care,

Brenda

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