A blog about my beautiful budgies.
1 October 2014Posted by on
As previously posted, Bezukhov has been moulting. Moults can take a lot out of a bird. I was not too worried when Bezukhov appeared a bit grumpy & lethargic. It was after all, the moult. Or was it? After awhile, I noticed his poop changing & somehow his lethargy seemed too pronounced. A few times he also looked like he was vomiting. He did not bring anything up – it looked more like he had an obstruction or irritation. My concern was enough to take him to the vet.
On Wednesday 24th September, Bezukhov was seen by Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV). She had previously seen him over his random seizures. Since his last visit to her on the 20th May, I made a note of any other ‘episodes’. In total, he had six over four months, of which two were proper ones & the others were minor that lasted a second or two.
Given Bezukhov’s medical history & his current state, Ms EHV wanted to take x-rays & a blood sample. With a heavy heart, I signed the form for him to have the x-rays. She arranged for the x-rays to take place about an hour later & suggested I go home & pick him up later. With an even heavier heart, I returned home, Bezukhov-less.
In my absence, though being watched over by the budgie-sitter, Cagney had temporarily & voluntarily moved into the Ferplast with Phineas. Phineas must have been over the moon with those few hours with just his adored Cagney.
A short time later I received a call from the vet saying that Bezukhov had come round from the anesthetic. Cue a huge sigh of relief from me. When I picked him up later that day, Ms EHV gave me a run down of what she had found. It was already written down & covers a whole sheet of A4 paper. In short, his condition is “Air Sacculitis & likely liver disease“.
Though it is not confirmed he has Chlamydia Psittaci (this was not detected in his poop sample provided in July), it is apparently a known cause of liver & breathing problems. His treatment plan takes this into consideration. It is worth noting that liver disease can cause seizures because toxins are not filtered.
Treatment is as follows:
Nebulise with F10 solution up to 3 times a day (for Air Sacculitis)
- Milk Thistle & Aloe Vera to be administered, either directly or in water (for liver)
- Lactulose twice a day (for liver)
- Ronaxan once a day for 45 days (for Chlamydia)
I was told the Ronaxan is the most important of his treatments. Check-up in 4 weeks time. Results of blood test to be available in a few days.
Though it all sounded very daunting, I was just delighted to be bringing Bezukhov home. As I brought him into the lounge, there was a chorus of chirping. He clearly was also relieved & happy to be back home.
Note: Chlamydia Psittaci can be caught by humans so I was advised to take care & also to not allow anyone on chemotherapy, the elderly or very young to handle Bezukhov.