This post is a slight departure from my usual posts.
I have an overriding question, that I have been unable to get a firm or satisfactory answer to, & that is, “Did Phineas get adequate care during his overnight stay at the veterinary hospital?”
Why can I not get an answer? It is my word against the hospital’s. All I need to know is what actually happened whilst Phineas was waiting for his delayed operation. Was he eating? Did he eat enough? Was he stressed or did he settle down? Was he being attended to? Did anybody care?
Phineas went from being absolutely doted on & adored, to effectively being abandoned (by me) for 24 hours, whilst he stayed overnight at the veterinary hospital because the priority of his operation was downgraded, hence it being put off until the following day. Personally, I will always regret not bringing him home as soon as I heard of the delay. I understand that things were not clear cut (i.e., initially being told the operation would be the next morning, not the next afternoon) & that I was advised it would be disruptive to bring him home & then back again, particularly as he had (allegedly) settled. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Had I really thought about it…… how could Phinny have been remotely ‘settled’ in a strange place away from all that he knew & loved?
Would he have survived the operation had he not been so stressed leading up to it?
If anyone reading this is in (or will be in) a similar situation where their bird needs to be kept overnight, I urge you to do all you can to make sure you feel confident your bird is genuinely comfortable. Do not just accept the words of a member of staff who is a stranger to the bird but question them until you are satisfied.
If any veterinarians or veterinarian staff are reading this, I would like to state, obvious though it seems, that birds require care and a skill set that is quite different from non-exotic pets, & the owner’s knowledge of their bird could help you greatly in administering the best care.
In memory of my beautiful friend, Phineas. I am so sorry… I will always regret not bringing you home that evening.