Puddings & Toyboys

A blog about my beautiful budgies.

Monthly Archives: March 2015

Remembering my girls… on paper

Last month I read an article about preserving digital data in the event of it not being accessible in the future (click here for news article).  My first thought was of the vast quantity of photos I have of my birds, past & present.  How awful if, for whatever reason, I could not view the photos.

To put my mind at ease, I ordered a photo booklet with 40 photos of Atilla & Raspy.  This means that when I am old, rocking alone in an old rocking chair (!), completely unable to fathom any new fangled technology, I can just open the book & look at my beautiful girls again.

(I intend immortalising all of them on paper.  Thomas is next on the list).

 

Poor Patient Compliance (PPC)

Previously, I had posted about Bezukhov’s second x-ray.  At the time, a blood sample was also provided.  We had the results of these a few days after.

Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) said that Bezukhov’s blood results were “largely promising“.  However, she noticed one of the parameters that tells us about the gall bladder and liver function has “steadily increased over the last few blood tests“.  With this in mind, she prescribed two types of medication: one to support the gall bladder & the other to support the liver.

The medicine to support the gall bladder is Destolit.  Worryingly, it is untested in birds; the tablets are made for dogs & cats.  The tablets need to be cut very small (1/8ths), mixed in 0.5ml of water/juice, of which 0.02ml is to be administered.  (It was originally 0.01ml of ¼ tablet, but that is basically half a drop & I found that impossible to control).

Bezukhov still has Aloe Vera & Milk Thistle in the water & that is to continue indefinitely.  The additional medication for the liver is Lactulose.  He had this previously.  It is a sticky, syrupy medicine which is difficult to remove once it gets onto the feathers.  (Cagney did attempt to clean him up but with little success – it took Ms EHV to use the opportunity when Bezukhov was still groggy from anaesthetic to properly clean his cheek & chin feathers).

As for frequency of administering the medication, Ms EHV described Bezukhov as having “Poor Patient Compliance”, (i.e. he refuses to take his medications).  With that in mind, she was not going to prescribe Clavaseptin (antibiotic to support the liver to be taken twice a day).   This leaves us with the Lactulose & Destolit.

Ideally, they are to be taken once a day.  However, as this may potentially be a long-term solution, we agreed that a more manageable once every other day should still be effective.

After much discussion of the above, the new medication regime for Bezukhov began on the 22nd February.

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A bent tail

The other day I noticed the bottom of Cagney‘s tail was bent.  I assume he caught it on something rather than someone else tweaking it.  Bezukhov is not into tweaking tails.  Phineas can be naughty & anti-social at times but he loves Cagney so it seems very unlikely he was the culprit.

 

2½ hours in the life of…

hours in the life of Phineas.

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As told through the medium of

photo…..

regurgitated seed…. &

regurgitated celery:

(Click on photos to enlarge)

 

 

 

Pea preference

Peas are still popular here.  I usually get sugar snap peas & mix them with other vegetables.  The peas are always picked out first, usually by Cagney.

Cagney & the peas:

Bezukhov eating a pea:

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Phineas also likes peas but I do not have a photo of him with a pea in his beak, so here is one of him eating celery:

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Remembering Thomas: Pillow complete

Thomas resting with Atilla & Raspy

Thomas resting with Atilla & Raspy

At long last, I have completed the final resting place for Thomas.

Previously I had reported that the inner cover was finished.  I also mentioned the difficulty I had in completing this housing for Thomas’s remains.  For some reason, it has taken me ages to make decisions on what fabric to use, what colours, what design & what photos.  I suspect the long drawn out agonising was due in part to Thomas being with us for such a short time; we only touched the surface of his personality before his health problems took over.

This was also an ideal opportunity for me to give him a permanent tribute that shows his short time here did not lessen his importance to us.  I did not want to get that wrong, hence, I think, the long time it took to finally complete the work.

My rough designs have been hanging about for some time & I guess it was inevitable someone would use them for target practice (naming no names… Phineas):    Read more of this post