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Monthly Archives: August 2015
31 August 2015Posted by on
Previously, I reported on Cagney’s return from the hospital (click here).
- Follow-up vet visit
On Tuesday 25th, we saw our regular vet, Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV). She confirmed that the barium x-ray did not show any obstruction. An examination of his poops at the hospital did not show any parasites or anything to be worried about. She examined Cagney again & said his temperature was still high, though lower than before. His weight was the same. Otherwise, she thought he looked generally brighter than when she last saw him on the Saturday.
It was decided that Cagney have metacam orally (0.03ml), twice a day – mainly to bring his temperature down. This is to be administered every 12 hours. As he had a dose during the consultation, that meant approximately 9am & 9pm for the next 4 days. She also wanted to include an antibiotic (baytril – 0.03ml) in the 9pm medication
battle slot for a week. Medicine to be reassessed during follow-up visit a week later.
- How to administer medicine!
Cagney feels very different to hold than Bezukhov – more fragile – so I expressed concern about getting the medicine inside him, not to mention attempting to catch him at 9pm when he has worked out that going back to ‘bed’ means he will be caught again. She said I could bring him to the surgery twice a day where a vet or nurse could give the medicine. I seriously considered this for a moment! In the end, we decided that I would give him the medicine in front of her & she would tell me what I was doing wrong!
We used the cloth method, which I have discounted with Bezukhov as he manages to burrow down into it! With Cagney, the cloth seemed to be the way to go. She suggested holding his head between my thumb & index finger. Cagney still managed to turn so I was pointing the syringe at the back of his head (the film The Exorcist comes to mind…), but after much maneouvring I managed to squirt the medicine in his beak.
To make things slightly easier, Ms EHV trimmed Cagney’s toenails to limit the chances of them getting caught in the cloth.
28 August 2015Posted by on
As previously posted (click here), after 24 hours at the hospital, Cagney was allowed home.
With much relief, I got him home & carried him into the lounge. Still covered over, he joined in the mad chirping. That in itself was lovely to hear as he had not been chirping at all. I placed him on the table & uncovered him. Joy all around! He was so happy he started to heartily eat his millet.
I thought I would leave him in the travel cage to recouperate for a little while but after his millet he wanted out. Bezukhov was also desperate to get out so I let him out first, then Cagney, who shot over to the manor, then the ferplast. There was much excitement. Phineas was ecstatic to see his beloved & Cagney even managed make some flirty eyes at him. Bezukhov initially seemed a bit confused & I wondered if there was a touch of guilt there as he had been flirting with Phineas only that morning. Either way, it was not long before the toyboys were hanging out together as best buddies.
Cagney was still weak, weary & wobbly so I decided not to let Phineas out as he can be a bit boisterous. In the meantime, I let Cagney sleep when he wanted (most of the time) but each time he woke up I made sure to offer him food. He ate lots of sugar snap peas & more millet & even some seed. I made sure he had an early night so he could have a long sleep. I imagine he did not get much sleep at the hospital with the interruptions through the night for his treatment & also the constant noise of other things going on. I padded the bottom of the manor in case he should wobble during the night & fall.
It was mentioned before that Cagney’s poops had improved. They were splattered white poops but then became more solid. Because of the barium x-ray, his poops would look a bit ‘milky’ for the next day or two. Here are the obligatory poop pictures that tell (a vet at least) a detailed story:
The next day (Monday 24th) Cagney was still not right – he was very tired & sleeping a lot. When offered, he sometimes ate a tiny bit of seed or millet. Sugar snap peas seemed to be welcome though – I do not think he refused one pea. Though he was very tired, he wanted to come out of the manor & basically slept on every perching spot around the room, including the playgym & the window perch.
Because Phineas had not had much time out of the cage I decided to let him out under strict supervision. He was predictably over exuberant. At one point, when Cagney was trying to sleep on top of the Manor, Phineas was running around him, tapping him on the beak. Normally Cagney would either flirt back or tell him to back off but this time he was just too weary to respond. In the end, I got Phineas back home again so Cagney could rest properly.
When I let Phineas out again later he reined in his buoyant nature a bit so was able to stay out longer. Here are some photos of a tired Cagney, his best buddy Bezukhov & admirer, Phineas:
27 August 2015Posted by on
As previously reported (click here) Cagney was taken into hospital on the afternoon of Saturday 22nd August, specifically for a barium x-ray. This would entail an overnight stay.
I returned home from the vets, without Cagney, feeling wretched. I could not have felt worse. Actually, I did feel worse, when Bezukhov looked at me & saw that I had not brought home his best buddy. His expression was a mixture of confusion, betrayal & sadness.
I was undecided whether to let Bezukhov & Phineas out for a fly as I did not want to confuse things further. Plus, I was expecting to go out again later. In the end, Bezukhov was flying madly about the Manor so I relented & let him out. He immediately went over to Phinny’s cage to chat to him. In the meantime I waited for the phone call from Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV).
She rang around 7pm that evening to say Cagney had had the first stage of the barium x-ray & the next part would not happen for another 4 hours so I could visit him anytime before then. I packed an overnight bag for him with his brand of seed, pellets, sugar snap peas & grated carrot. I also packed a water bottle & seed pot that fitted the travel cage. We (myself & my mother) arrived at the hospital around 20:30. We were shown into a visitors room whilst the nurse went to get Cagney. He looked very much the same but very, very sleepy. We talked to him & told him what Bezukhov & Phineas had been up to. He started to preen a little & then, much to our delight, ate some millet. I like to think that our visit was welcome. We had to leave eventually but as he was having treatment during the night I knew he was being looked after.
The next thing was to wait until the morning to hear how the tests went.
In the morning, I let Bezukhov out early. He seemed troubled to be in the Manor on his own & needed to be out. I also let Phineas out as he had spent the previous day locked up. Occasionally they have a little flirt (initiated by Bezukhov) but under normal circumstances it does not go far as Cagney investigates & interrupts proceedings (vice versa – if Cagney flirts with Phineas, Bezukhov interrupts). Without Cagney’s presence, the flirting was continued unhindered to the point that Bezukhov regurgitated to Phineas! Evidence shown in this video:
A vet rang later that morning to say that Cagney was doing well. The barium x-ray did not show up any obstruction. However, Cagney was now passing faeces. He had eaten a little & was preening. She suggested he have antibiotics & metacam (anti-inflammatory) to help bring his temperature down. I could pick him up that afternoon after a consultation with another vet.
It was a relief to see Cagney again. He looked well considering all he had been through. There were halved grapes pushed through the cage bars which was possibly another ordeal as grapes are scary. At the bottom of his cage was half a cherry tomato. That would have been the first time he has seen a tomato. There was a curly green leaf, possibly kale, too.
The vet confirmed that he is to take antibiotics daily & metacam orally once a day. They gave Cagney metacam when I was there which meant his next dose would be 24 hours later at 5pm. I said I prefer to give the medicine in the morning so they said it would be better to wait until the morning after. They suggested I book a follow-up visit with Ms EHV for the Tuesday.
Finally, after a very long 24 hours, I could take my lovely toyboy home.
25 August 2015Posted by on
Cagney has not been well.
Last week he generally seemed a bit off colour but I put that down to his moult:
On the Friday (21st August), he seemed to have lost his appetite. He was still eating but not as much. He seemed a bit wobbly on the perch. His poops were starting to look wrong too – mostly white. The pink bits in his feet were starting to go white. All these things reminded me of when I took him to the vet on the Easter Bank Holiday Monday (click here). At that time, it was thought he was suffering from his moult & he was given a vitamin injection & gradually improved over the following days. I thought that may be the problem this time.
The next day, Saturday (22nd August), Cagney’s overnight poops were definitely off. The pink bits in his feet were still pale. Worse than all that, he stopped eating. I offered him millet that he refused point blank to eat. Within minutes I was on the phone to the vet. Fortunately, Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) was working that afternoon so I booked him in.
When we arrived, we had to wait awhile as an emergency had come in – a dog that had been collapsing. The dog was to be sent to the hospital. Whilst waiting, I was saying to the receptionist how handy it was to have a 24 hour hospital…
Cagney’s turn finally came & Ms EHV gave him a thorough examination. He weighed 43g. The highest weight she had for him was 47g so she thought this was potentially a problem. His heart rate was very fast – too fast. His temperature was high. She said he was a ‘sick bird‘.
Because of his white poops, she feared he had an obstruction. (I forgot to say that he had also been constantly cleaning his vent area even though it appeared clean). She checked his vent (well, that is where the thermometer goes…) & said it looked clean. She could not feel any obstruction. She wanted him to have a barium x-ray to check his digestive tract. This would mean several x-ray’s over a number of hours & therefore at least a 24 hour stay in the hospital.
The thought of him being taken away scared me & all sorts of thoughts raced through my head. Ms EHV said that it was very important his temperature came down & I could take him home with me but he should have his temperature checked again the following day. Also, IF he had an obstruction of some kind it would need to be dealt with sooner rather than later. She repeated that he was a ‘sick bird ‘.
I gave her the go-ahead to take him to the hospital.
She said that she would personally start the x-ray process but then the night staff would take over. She would give me a ring that evening to let me know a good time to visit. Leaving the vet, without Cagney, damn near broke my heart, especially as I had told Bezukhov & Phineas that “Cagney will be back before you know it…”
13 August 2015Posted by on
How lucky I am to have Bezukhov in the flock. His level-headedness & responsible manner are a great boon, especially considering the other flock members are the flirty Cagney & the incorrigible Phineas.
What recent event has reminded me of Bezukhov’s value? The roof latch of the Manor had been opened.
I have posted previously about this problem: A Bid For Freedom & Brainstorming Session. This time though, Bezukhov saw the potential for mutiny & clearly wanted to keep the status quo. He resolved this by standing guard over the opened latch.
It is possible he had been there awhile by the time I discovered this anomaly as he looked quite sleepy. He certainly was behaving above & beyond the call of duty.
9 August 2015Posted by on
Phineas still regurgitates to my finger, or thumb, a lot. Many times a day, every day.
Recently he made some changes & regurgitated blue seed:
“What’s going on here?”, I wondered!
A little investigation revealed he had been chewing on the blue munch ball of the chewy toy arrangement on top of the Manor.
With inedible things, I often tell them to chew & spit but clearly Phinny had not been listening to me & had been ingesting instead of spitting it out. He moved onto the red munch ball after that so you can imagine how colourful his regurgitated seed looked then. 🙂
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2 August 2015Posted by on
Previously I had posted that the string holding the willow perch in the Manor had been untied (click here for the post). The Toyboys were the obvious culprits yet now I am not so sure….
We have had another incident when a knot became ‘not a knot’.
Tied around the bottom of their rope perch on the outside of the Manor, is a toy with pieces of wood & beads on leather. This is how it usually looks:
But this is how it looked after the incident:
Using all my powers of deduction, logical thinking, formulas, calculations & behavioural psychology analysis, I am now thinking that Phineas is the Phantom Un-knotter.
Oh… plus if you look very, very closely at the photo above, you will see he has been placed at the scene of the crime & if I may say, looking a tad smug at what he had so expertly achieved.