A blog about my beautiful budgies.
Three in one
Last Friday (12th) we had a visit from the vet, to check over all three, Dalai, Perry & Lennie. I had/have concerns about all of them for various reasons, one of which may be my paranoia!
At the time the vet came, Lennie was locked in by himself so we decided he would be first up. I had concerns that he was having trouble flying – only that morning he had attempted a lap of the room & landed in the plant pot! The vet checked over his wings & found some missing flight feathers on both wings. She said his heart sounded fine, which suggested the flying problem was a result of moulted-out feathers, which should be resolved when they have all grown back in again. The only problem with this is that I find that when a bird has a few crash landings, their confidence can be dented & they are put off flying again, which in turn makes the problem worse. Hopefully Lennie gets over this & is flying well soon.
The big shock with Lennie is that the vet weighed him & said he was 64g!!! She did not seem concerned as she said he was clearly not overweight but did have a full gizzard. There is a slight chance there may be a mass behind the gizzard, so I am to keep my eye on him.
Perry was up next. The last time the vet visited, she identified a lump, which has since been growing. Sometimes, at certain angles & when he is fluffed up, the lump is not noticeable at all. However, it is definitely there, defined & dense. It currently appears to be isolated, i.e., not attached to anything major. Certainly, it is not imposing on Perry’s health or behaviour yet, but at sometime in the future I may need to get a sample from it in order to work out possible treatment. Perry weighed a very respectable 55g, lump & all.
Dalai was last. He has been very much under the weather & his poops had changed. He did have a very dodgy poop that was ringed with red, but I only found one of those (believe me, I was checking ALL of them after that discovery!) & the vet said he may have strained when passing that particular one. The day before the vet came out, Dalai dropped a mountain of feathers overnight, which then made it clear that a lot of my concerns were most probably because he was moulting (again!). Additionally, he has developed a dark mark on his beak. I was not aware of him having bumped/crashed into anything for it be a bruise. The vet thought it was either a blood blister or just a pigmentation change. Dalai’s weight was also respectable, coming in at 45g.
So, for a change, the vet did not leave me with any medication. It took Dalai, Perry & Lennie awhile to recover from all the prodding & poking & it took me awhile to recover from the news of Lennie’s weight… in fact, if truth be told, my jaw is still on the floor over it!
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