We had a little drama a few days ago.
Part of our morning routine is that I offer Perry the bath with plain water to drink, first thing. Subsequent offerings are usually supplemented water. The first offering is plain water as sometimes Lennie is tempted to have a bath in it & I would rather he did not bathe in expensive vitamin water!
Perry after his bath
Perry’s lump after his bath
Perry minus 7mm of lump
The morning of Tuesday 15th December, Lennie decided it was bath time (fine – as it was plain water!) & unusually, Perry was also inspired to have a bath too. They both had very thorough baths. However, Perry’s bath meant that the area around his lump was wet & exposed & revealed a black lump. To say I was horrified would be an understatement!
A part of me thought that Perry must be okay as otherwise he would not have had the energy to have a bath. But a black lump? There was no way I could put a positive spin on that.
Perry was a bit quiet after his bath but it was a very vigorous one so it made sense he had worn himself out a bit. He perked up a bit later & ate & drank. By then, I had already booked a visit to the vet for that evening. Our usual mobile vet was not available so we actually had to visit the local vet ourselves, resulting in Perry having a short stay in the travel cage.
Though the local vet is only a few streets away, this particular evening the main road was unexpectedly closed which meant the traffic was diverted into the side streets that would normally have been quiet (& my preferred route). Perry’s travel cage was well padded & I threw an extra fleece over it for added warmth & protection. I walked as quickly as possible but the noise of traffic, from beeping horns & revving engines was very unpleasant & I feared for Perry’s stress levels.
On arrival at the vet’s practice, I quickly peeked inside to check he was okay (I had heard him fall off the perch) & he was clinging to the side. On unveiling him to the vet, I quickly noticed that part of his lump was on the cage floor!
It turned out that 0.7cm of his lump had developed into dead tissue & his moving around the travel cage had dislodged it. It was a clean break. The vet examined Perry & said the remaining 2cm of lump looked stable. It looked round & not misshapen (apparently a good thing). She thought he looked in otherwise good condition, with bright eyes & good quality feathers. He is overweight at around 60g, part of that will be the remaining lump & obviously a result of less exercise due to reducing mobility. No treatment necessary.
It was such a relief to get him home. Lennie was also happy to have his mate back.
For the record, I did take a photo of the piece of lump that fell off but not until a couple of days later when it had shrivelled somewhat & looked like a raisin… I will spare you all that vision.