Bezukhov has had sticky cheek & chin feathers from when he had to take his medicine (Lactulose). During his last two visits to the vet, when under anaesthetic, she has attempted to clean off the syrupy medicine. She was largely successful & Bezukhov was gradually beginning to look like himself.
Since then, when cleaning up, I have come across the odd sticky feather:
I am sure he will be very glad when they are all gone.
Cagney normally panics when he has a bit of fluff on his face. The latest bit of rogue fluff made its way to the top of his head. He did not mind it there so was happy to carry on with his activities, sporting the new look.
The last blood sample that Bezukhov provided to the vet was fortunately sufficient enough to run the relevant tests.
Unfortunately, the results turned out to be a ‘mixed bag’. The good news is that compared to the previous blood results, his liver appears to be in a much improved state. However, Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) was concerned about the readings for his gallbladder & bile. It is possible that having a repeat blood test within 7 days could have affected the results, i.e., his protein levels may be lower than normal, so this has to be considered.
Ms EHV recommended ceasing all medication (Ronaxan, Lactulose & nebulising with F10) but continuing with the Aloe Vera & Milk Thistle supplements in his water. He is to be watched closely for any signs of illness, odd behaviour or seizures. We plan to repeat the blood tests in about 6 weeks time.
The day started off in a normal way. Both Toyboys & Phineas were out & about whilst I cleaned their cages. Bezukhov went to the window perch & sat watching some wood pigeons eating bread that a neighbour had put out. Phineas joined him at the window to watch the pigeon banquet. Cagney watched all proceedings from the top of the manor. All was good in the world.
All hell broke loose!
Three large seagulls swooped & dived past the window! They were after the pigeons’ bread. We do not normally get seagulls ’round these parts. They looked ginormous, especially when they flew close to the window.
As soon as the seagulls made their scary appearance, Bezukhov & Phineas shot back to the manor in a millisecond. I was transfixed by the beauty of these birds flying in our ‘back yard’. When I turned to check my boys were okay, I saw Cagney & Bezukhov on top of the manor, but where was Phineas? (I hate these moments!)
He was not on the manor. He was not in the manor. He was not in the ferplast. Maybe, in his panic, he had fallen down the back of the manor. I peered past the covers thinking he may be lodged between the manor & the wall but I had been cleaning the cage so it was pulled out from the wall. Phineas had slipped all the way down & was on the shelf underneath. There is a large box on that shelf & he was behind it, in the far corner. Not looking very happy to say the least.
(BTW, why, when a bird is ‘lost’, the bird in question & the others, all go silent & give you no indication of his/her whereabouts?!)
I put a long perch down the side towards Phinny so he could climb on & get out but he is not used to ‘stepping up’ in this way so just looked at it like mad. I then wheeled the manor out a bit more so I could reach in with my arm & offer him my flat palm. He was still in a state of anxiety & did not step on so I pushed up against his belly to encourage him, which worked. A few seconds later he was deposited on the perch on the outside of the ferplast, looking no worse for wear, though still confused.
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It took all of them about half an hour to recover from the appearance of the seagulls.
I thought the title of this post was a little dramatic but Phineas insisted it was accurate… so who am I argue?
Last week, Bezukhov went to the vet &, amongst other things, gave a blood sample. The result of this was due 2 or 3 days later. Unfortunately, the laboratory said there was not enough ‘plasma section’ in the blood sample. His red & white blood cells were tested & all was fine there but the test they could not do was for the important bit. Apparently this can happen in small animals due to the small volumes they are dealing with.
The only thing to do was bring Bezukhov back to the vet & get another blood sample. This happened today, exactly 7 days after the previous one & in fact at the same time too. Poor Bezukhov must have had a sense of déjà vu. I know I did.
After bundling Bezukhov up in the travel cage we made our way to the vet’s.
When we arrived, Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) whisked him away into the consulting room, whilst I sat in the waiting room, worrying. After about 20 minutes, she brought him out & said he was still groggy. She had wanted him to sit on the floor for a bit but he insisted on sitting on the perch even though he was still swaying. Ms EHV said he did make a bid for freedom just as the anaesthetic wore off & I think she was impressed with his derring-do intention, even if he was too groggy to get far.
Last time, she attempted to clean off some of the sticky, syrupy medication on his cheek & chin feathers & she did quite a good job. He was left with two patches either side of his beak though, that over the days morphed into two little horns. Whilst he was under the anaesthetic today, she had another go at cleaning up the horns feathers. He is certainly looking less sticky now.
As the days turned into long weeks I wondered what had caused this apparent personality change…
Could he be ill? Naturally, I studied his poop more closely than usual but when there were a spate of not-so-wonderful poops, he would confuse me by following up with some perfectly normal poops. Apart from the extra sleeping, he seemed fine.
Perhaps it was down to his moult? His moult, though significant, was not quite in the same league as Cagney’s moult. Could a moult produce such a major change in his demeanor?
Maybe Phinny’s behaviour was a side effect of Cagney’s heavy moult? Did Phinny not find Cagney as attractive with all those pin feathers on his head? (I would like to think that Phinny is not that shallow!) Or maybe Phineas was less inspired to indulge in hanky-panky when his beloved was so obviously suffering?
All I do know is that three days ago, Phineas had a tentative jiggy-jiggy on my hand. I felt relief. If his 5-6 weeks in the barren, passionless wilderness were a result of one or all of the above, I was just pleased he had come through it & was beginning to exhibit some ‘normal’ Phineas behaviour.
Yesterday morning he seemed pleased at my offer of a finger through the bars for regurgitation & then he indicated he wanted more. I put my hand in to see if he wanted his morning constitutional & he jumped right on! He was clearly out of practice & was quite ‘gentle’ but somehow it still felt right.
Today he once again wanted an in-cage jiggy-jiggy but this time completed the ‘job’.
Cagney, Bezukhov & Phineas have been moulting recently. The boys are usually more inspired to get wet during a misting if the day is sunny &, ideally, warm. Over the last few weeks we have had a sunny day here & there, so I have got out the celery leaves & given them a misting.
Because Bezukhov has had sticky, syrupy medicine stuck to his chin & cheek feathers, I think he was more motivated than the others to throw himself into getting wet. He certainly had a good dance in the celery leaves & got very wet. Unfortunately, the sticky feathers still remain but at least all his other feathers have been refreshed.
Forty-one days ago, Bezukhov had a vet visit. Today was his follow-up consultation.
Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) asked lots of questions about his well-being & behaviour. I was pleased to report he was in good spirits & eating & pooping normally. Unfortunately I had to also report he had had more seizures. In the space of 10 days he had at least 3. This was a disappointment as it suggested the medication, though it may be working for other things (chlamydia, liver etc.) it most probably is not treating the root cause of the seizures.
As expected, a blood sample was needed to compare with the previous one. Bezukhov had to be anaesthetised for this. Whilst he was under, the vet also examined him & before he came round, attempted to clean off some of the sticky, syrupy medication on his cheek & chin feathers but he came to quite quickly so she did not have enough time to clean those feathers properly.
She said he would most likely be groggy for most of the day & possibly tomorrow.
I am to continue giving Bezukhov his previously prescribed medication, although the 45 day course of Ronaxan ends in 4 days. I do not need to nebulise Bezukhov with the F10. He will be very pleased about that as I would put him in the travel cage for that & he absolutely hated it!
When we got home, groggy Bezukhov started immediately chirping in response to the others. I thought I would leave him in the travel cage for a little while to rest & recuperate. However, Bezukhov had other ideas. After about 10 minutes of being quiet & still, he gave himself a shake & started climbing all around the travel cage. He wanted out!
So I let him out.
He flew to the Manor & was reunited with Cagney. He had a few seeds but after the initial excitement of being home, he has spent most of the day sleeping. I kept Phineas locked up so Bezukhov did not have any stress having to deal with him.
By the evening, Bezukhov’s appetite has slowly returned. I hope he will feel much better tomorrow. In the meantime, we wait to hear about the results of the blood test that will be available in a few days.