Puddings & Toyboys

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Daily Archives: 16 May 2014

More medication

Previously, I had posted on Bezukhov’s visit to the vet.

Since then, although Bezukhov recovered initially from the visit itself, he was certainly not back to his old self.  He was sleeping most of the time & alarmingly, stopped chirping.  Was this a result of his ordeal or a further symptom of whatever health problem he was suffering from?  Either way, it has been most upsetting.  This is Bezukhov… babbling Bezukhov…. who will chat to anything, inanimate or animate.

We got partial test results back on Tuesday 13th May.  These indicated an infection.  The antibiotic Clavaseptin was prescribed.  Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) said it could be mixed in apple juice or water.  I mistakenly thought this was something I could put in their usual water bottle but she corrected me, no it is to be given orally.

[Oh dear]

How often?

Twice a day.

[Oh deary me]

How long for?

Eight days.

[Oh deary, deary me]

I picked the medication up that evening so the military operation could begin first thing Wednesday morning.

Though it is often recommended to catch a bird with a cloth, I prefer to catch with my hand.  With a cloth I am worried a wing may be still be opened up or they are in an undesirable position which is not immediately apparent as it is hidden by the material.  That said, it is handy to hold the bird still in a cloth in order to administer medication.  My method is to catch by hand, then hold close to my chest whilst draping the cloth around them.  It is worth noting that the cloth used should not have too open a weave that claws can get caught in.  Equally, when held to the chest, I make sure my top is smooth enough not to entangle claws.

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