Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Follow-up vet visit

Last October, I took Atilla to see Mr Avian Vet.  He suggested we have a follow up appointment  two months later to check Atilla’s progress.  Atilla was not well in December, with her infection & also the moult, so I left it until now, today in fact, to visit the vet.

Clinging to Atilla's cage

As per usual procedures, I got Atilla into the nicely spruced up travel cage the night before, to ensure we could leave for the vet in good time the next morning.  It was relatively easy getting her in the travel cage – I waited until she was laying across my hand to chew on the chair & then I cupped my other hand over her & quickly ushered her into the cage.

She was not happy about it.  The toyboys were not happy either.  For the rest of the evening they both clung to the side of the travel cage to be with Atilla.  I wondered if they would go back to the Manor for bed.  They finally went back for bedtime seed & were not impressed when I locked them in.  Cagney, in particular was running around trying to get to his girl.

Bedtime without Atilla

I put Atilla’s cage close to the Manor so overnight toyboys & Atilla could see each other.The next morning I left them both covered up a bit longer than usual to try & minimize stress but when I started bundling Atilla up, the toyboys began to shout.

After scraping ice off the car, myself & Atilla were on our way to the vet.  It is about a 40-45 minute drive to the Avian vet.  Atilla coped well & I think she even munched on a little millet during the journey.

Mr Avian Vet gave Atilla the usual prod & poke.  He said that the hernia has got larger & the undercarriage lump is probably about 50% hernia, 50% fat.  An operation is out of the question as she would not survive it.  Basically, I need to keep a close eye on her & watch out for difficulties in breathing, pooping & perching.  Of course, keeping a “close eye” on Atilla will not be difficult for me as it is part of my routine anyway….

Atilla's not far away

Once again, Atilla was bundled up & we made our way home.  This time Atilla managed a few chirps & it may well have been my imagination but I’m sure she was getting louder & chirpier the closer we got to home!

By the time I got her in through the front door, there were chirps all round, from Atilla & the toyboys.  Needless to say, the first thing I did was get Atilla into the lounge, unbundle her & let Cagney & Bezukhov out.  As soon as I opened the Manor, both boys slammed straight into the side of the travel cage & almost knocked it over in their haste to see Atilla.  Atilla, was also very quick off the mark when I opened up the travel cage & immediately flew to the Manor.  She then did her tour of inspection to make sure everything was how she had left it. Canoodling & smooching could then commence, although in this case it was mainly the two boys trying to kiss her at the same time.  They were overjoyed to have their leader back!  

The Leader

For the rest of the day, they shadowed her every move.  🙂

8 responses to “Follow-up vet visit

  1. rosebudgie 17 January 2012 at 23:12

    You can’t blame the boys …. Who WOULDN’T want a leader like that?


  2. featheredfiends 18 January 2012 at 17:51

    The boys look like they want to come with Atilla. They are her bodyguards 🙂


  3. Rayya 28 January 2012 at 05:06

    Absolutely enjoyed hearing about your budgie love triangle :-). So cute…I must say I am surprised that the avian vet decided not to proceeed with sugical repair of the hernia. I do agree it is a very risky procedure but isn’t leaving the hernia to get bigger a huge risk too. However, I do highly respect the avian vet’s opinion. Best of luck with Atilla and her boyfriends :-).


    • onesweetiepea 28 January 2012 at 23:54

      Hello Rayya. I am glad you enjoyed this post. 🙂 You are right about there being risk with both surgery & leaving the hernia as it is. I respect the avian vet’s opinion too. Sadly avian vets are few & far between so a second opinion is not possible. I am sure each case is different. Atilla also has fatty lumps so I guess she is not in the best of health for an operation. For the moment, she is still in good spirits & she has myself & the toyboys keeping a close eye on her. 🙂


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