Thomas is a brave boy

Phineas visiting Thomas
Phineas visiting Thomas

Following on from my previous post on Thomas & his health problems, there was little change, in fact, no change, from taking the six days worth of medication: Ornicure Doxycycline.  He spent several days in the travel cage so I could monitor him & also make sure he was not overly stressed.  On Friday 29th November (day 4 of medication), he vacated the travel cage & after a brief walkabout on top of the Manor, returned to live with Phineas, well, he returned for seed I think…. it was a coincidence that Phineas also lives in that cage….

Bezukhov & Cagney visiting Thomas
Bezukhov & Cagney visiting Thomas

Mr Exotic Vet did not prescribe more of the same medicine but said to remove it whilst he investigated other options.  On Wednesday 4th December, I had another consultation with Mr EV & he thought it was time for Thomas to have an X-ray.   He was booked in for the Friday morning.

On the Thursday evening, I got Thomas back into the travel cage so we could go out early the next morning.  The X-ray was scheduled early, before the morning consultations.  Friday morning, Thomas was a very brave boy.  Mr EV said he would be anaesthetised for the shortest possible time, just to allow him to be still enough for the X-ray to be done.  Sure enough, it was not long before Thomas was back up on the perch & looking very much the same as before he went in for the procedure.  I took him home & waited for the results.

The results came through later that day.  He has Hepatic Lipidosis.  Basically, a fatty liver.  The liver is enlarged, hence the swelling around the vent area (pushing downwards) & the breathing problems (pushing onto the air sacs).

Back home & surrounded by his mates
Back home & surrounded by his mates

That day, the 6th December, I started giving Thomas Milk Thistle in his water, 1 drop per 50ml.  A week later & the medication Mr EV was looking for, had not been located.  I had another consultation with Mr EV & this time he was able to show me the X-ray of Thomas.  He also showed me a slightly better picture in a reference book to explain the problem.  Whilst waiting for the medication (L-Carnitine), he suggested I give Thomas Milk Thistle which I was pleased to say he was already on.  He did say to double the dosage though, so he is now on 2 drops per 50ml.

The results of the X-ray suggested that the original infection, confirmed by bacteria found in his poop, would have been the secondary problem.

Mr EV also said to give him “orange fruit” which I thought was a bit odd but I will certainly look into it.

In the meantime, we continue to look after Thomas & make sure he is as comfortable as possible.

Note: If you wish to give Milk Thistle tincture to your own birds, you must get the one without alcohol.

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