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6 November 2021Posted by on
Just 8 days after seeing the vet for Lennie’s health problems, I was back at her clinic.
All initially seemed fine on the morning of the 2nd November. Normally, I would let Perry in with Moriarty where they could get their morning flirt out of the way without interruption from Lennie. This went ahead as usual but I noticed it ended quicker than usual, & Moriarty wanted to go & say good morning to Lennie. This meant Perry was on his own in Moriarty’s cage.
Not long after, I noticed the tip of his beak was red.
Now was the time for some intense observation.
I thought I saw a flash of something dark around his preening gland area. I wondered if he had a broken blood feather. Sure enough it was not long before, I started seeing spots of blood on the bottom of the cage… Then bigger drops.
I rang the vet hoping there was a cancellation for a home visit, which there was not. She was already out doing home visits but would be back at the clinic in about an hour or so, so they suggested I make my way there. I immediately covered Perry in corn flour. He was bleeding as I was doing this (the place looked like a crime scene afterwards). I could not quite work out where it was coming from so just pressed my finger in certain places & if it came out red, I shoved corn flour in that area. There seemed to be a spot below the preening gland that was bleeding. I put him in the travel cage. Fortunately, the corn flour temporarily stopped the bleeding. The cab ride would be at least 30 minutes, so I put some corn flour in my bag in case it was needed on route. We got to the clinic about half an hour before the vet. It was not until about 5 or 10 minutes before she took him in, that I saw a drop of blood on the bottom of his cage – so the corn flour held up well.
It seemed like forever that Perry was in with the vet. The longer he was gone, the more worried I was getting.
It turned out the bleed was from a broken blood feather on the left side of the main tail. The feather itself was not in situ & to date, still has not been found. (It is possible there was not blood on it when it came out, so I may have missed it).
There was quite a big hole left by the feather & the area was inflamed & bruised. By that time, the bleeding was heavy so the vet cauterized the feather follicles to stop it. She also removed some of the surrounding feathers. She gave Perry an anti-inflammatory injection & also made sure he was well hydrated. The vet said several times that it was absolutely the right thing to bring him as soon as we did.
We finally got home early afternoon. Perry started chirping to Lennie & Moriarty as I brought him into the lounge. I left him in the travel cage for about an hour as he seemed comfortable there (knowing he was back home). Moriarty was going mad, wanting to give him a kiss but I think he too calmed down a bit just seeing that Perry was home again. Both Moriarty & Lennie were locked in Perry & Lennie’s cage. Whilst Perry was resting I took the opportunity to clean up Moriarty’s cage. When Perry started to stir a bit, I offered my finger & he came out, so I put him into Moriarty’s cage. To try & get some normality back, I let Moriarty in at intervals so as not to tire Perry out.
Perry was quiet for the rest of the day but in the evening had some water & also tucked into some millet. I checked on him during the night & he was stable. The vet nurse rang first thing in the morning to see how he was. Importantly, there was no further blood loss. The anti-inflammatory was due to wear off 24-48 hours after administration, leaving the sore, bruised area which will take a little longer to heal. So far, Perry has continued to recover well.
I would like to end this post by recommending that all who have birds should have a tub of corn flour in their medicine cabinet. You never know when it might come in handy. Without corn flour Perry may not have made it to the vet. Lastly, I would also like to say a big thank you to my vet who immediately understood the gravity of the situation & responded as quick as she could & was a star!
7 March 2021Posted by on
Nine days ago, on the 26th February, the lower, scabby part of Perry’s lump fell away.
He had been fiddling with it all day. It was far more noticeable than before & looked pretty bad. I started ringing for vet availability as I had a feeling something was going to happen, perhaps more bleeding. I had the cornflour at the ready.
In the evening, part of the scab began to prise away. At this point, Perry was relentless & totally focused with ‘sorting it out’. I watched with horror as I saw this black thing dangling between his legs, catching on the perch & getting in the way of his movements. The expression on Lennie’s face most probably mirrored my own as he stared incredulously at what was unfolding before him.
Perry carried on & within about 15 minutes, the whole thing fell off!
Fortunately, it was completely dry, with no blood or gunk. It was a clean break & clearly the natural time for it to separate with Perry’s body.
It measured 1.2 cm wide x 2.3 cm long x 1.0 cm deep.
Perry was fine afterwards.
After a chat with the vet on the phone, when she said it was very bizarre, we agreed there was nothing to do at this point, but once again, to wait & see. The lump itself is obviously still there, & it is possible another blister may form, so we are still on the roller-coaster.
For the interested among you, here are some gory photos:
Perry must feel so much better for not carrying that lump of dried blood & dead tissue around.
1 February 2021Posted by on
When I last posted on Perry’s health (click here) I said that we were waiting to see our usual vet. She visited on the 14th January. After a thorough examination, the conclusion was ‘wait & see‘.
She said the following:
- The ball of dead tissue that fell off (15th December) left a crater, which has a lining of dead tissue. (The dead tissue is where there is an absence of blood vessels which can happen as a lump grows). This can be surgically removed but it is unknown how deep it is etc. It is normal for the dead tissue to expand & is not necessarily a bad thing. The tissue around it looks healthy which suggests it may be healthy underneath too. The best case scenario is that when ready, it will just fall away.
- The lower wound appears to show that bleeding from the abscess/cyst/blood blister was from two areas. There is a ‘cavern’ between them that looks like a scab. As with the upper wound, it is hoped his body will push out the remaining blood clot when appropriate.
- The lower part of the lump is hard & still intact & brushing against his leg, hence his mobility issues.
- It is still unknown what is happening inside/below the lump so there could still be unforeseen complications.
- There was no obvious reason why he would bleed again, especially given his last bleed was on the 1st January.
- It could take Perry up to 3 weeks to recover from the significant blood loss.
There was a lot of information so my interpretation is probably not spot on, but I think I got the gist of it!
One thing I am sure of is that the vet weighed him & he was a huge 65g! That may be all the extra millet I have been giving him. As he is still stable & appears in good spirits, I have already begun to cut back on the millet!
11 January 2021Posted by on
Normally, at the beginning of a new year, I like to do a review of the previous year. However, the last few weeks have been a little torturous & we are still in uncharted waters, so instead of a review, I will bring you up-to-date with Perry’s health.
I had previously reported (click here) that on the 15th of December, part of Perry’s lump had shrivelled & fallen off. All was relatively stable until the 26th December, when there was some overnight blood loss.
There was no sign of blood on either Perry or Lennie. In fact, they both looked fine. But where did it come from? There was no sign of a blood feather. The blood looked like it dripped rather than sprayed. I wondered if perhaps Perry had been picking at his lump (it was going black again). There was some evidence of blood on a small feather under his tail so perhaps it was linked to a feather? But Perry has a lot of white feathers & there was no sign of blood anywhere else on him. Nothing on perches or cage bars either. He was a bit quiet but was eating & drinking.
Three days later, the 30th December, was a bad day. Perry bled three times. The first time I noticed his foot & leg, the side of the lump, were bloody & there was blood on a perch, but nothing on the floor. I assumed he had picked at the lump. I had to go out & on my return there was more blood. A lot. There was a big clump on the perch & a large patch below it. Perry was all bloody near his lump & it looked like blood had congealed on his feathers & formed clumps. Again, he was quiet but had a drink, some fennel & a little seed. Later on, I noticed what was the third & final bleed that day.
I had agonised over whether to take him to a vet but felt any major upheaval (transferring him to the travel cage & the journey to the vet etc.) could have a fatal outcome, so decided against that. I recognised that no action could also have a similar outcome, but I thought we would ride out the night together.
Perry survived the night. He seemed relatively stable & had not bled any more. I decided to take him to the vet that morning, the 31st December.
The vet visit was wrapped up in mad rules which caused further (unnecessary) distress, but we got through it & I was relieved to get Perry back home again. The vet seemed to suggest that the lump was actually an abscess (on reflection, it is possible she could have said ‘cyst’ but I struggle to understand when people are wearing a mask). She cleaned the area as much as possible – a proper clean would mean putting him under anaesthetic. She said there was still some dead tissue left in a crater/hole but she did not want to stress him or cause him any pain by removing that part. She plucked the feathers, so there was a round, pink area.
Perry was understandably traumatised after the ordeal but I kept him quiet & covered in his own cage (Lennie was fortunately temporarily in Dalai’s cage). It took Perry some time to feel like eating & drinking. I checked on him overnight & was hopeful he was stable, however the following day, the 1st January, he had another bleed. This time the blood loss happened as I was looking at him, so I immediately grabbed him & smothered his ‘lump’ with cornflour (I had all the emergency items handy). I put him in a small carrier for a few minutes then checked him again. I saw an area of fresh blood so put more cornflour on. Whilst doing this, I noticed a round black area that must have been the dead tissue the vet mentioned – it was above where the bleeding was. As I already had F10 disinfectant lined up, I swabbed it.
The cornflour stopped the bleeding & at the time of writing he has had no further bleeding. We are hoping to see our usual vet as soon as she is available, but until then, we continue to do our best. During all this trauma I have discovered that when Perry did not feel up to eating seed, he could usually manage some fennel. It is always handy to know what food/vegetable your pet favours when they are not well.
We have had an unpleasant start to the New Year & there is still huge uncertainty around Perry’s condition. However, against all odds (significant blood loss & severely limited veterinary services due to holidays etc.), Perry continues to eat & drink & I am eternally grateful we have got this far.
29 October 2013Posted by on
Over a week ago, Thomas was prescribed antibiotics (Baytril) for an infection. This was added to the water & he has been drinking it. There should have been an improvement in a few days, however, on around the sixth day, I contacted the vet to say there was no change. He suggested an alternative antibiotic (Septrin Paediatric Susp) to be administered by beak once every two days.
This I did for poor Thomas. Well, I attempted to do it. The first time I was not sure how much, if any, I managed to give him. The second time, Thomas was smart & decided not to open his beak. It was clamped shut. I was holding him firmly (though his head could move) & we eyeballed each other for what seemed like an eternity, waiting to see who would crack first. He finally opened his beak to bite my finger & I tried again to give him a drop of medicine. Who knows how much he actually took. He certainly took a little chunk out of my finger. Perhaps the taste of blood would cancel out the taste of the nasty medicine.
On the third occasion, I was a bit more prepared & felt confident he had a proper dose.
However, after 3 doses, there was no change. His poops looked exactly the same. There was nothing for it, I called in the troops….. Read more of this post
2 October 2013Posted by on
Following on from my previous post on Fight Combinations, I have attempted to limit having only Phineas & Thomas out together. If Cagney is snoozing in the manor then all is relatively calm. However, when Cagney moves, both Phineas & Thomas want to be in prime position & this is when a fight can happen.
Most of the time Thomas flies away but he is not scared of standing up to Phinny & at times he proves this.
Other times, it appears that Phineas is flirting with Thomas & starts to get a bit excited & possibly a bit aggressive. Unfortunately, Thomas has no interest & this sometimes sparks another altercation.
Either way, I have to keep my eye on the two of them.
Though I have tried to limit their “fighting times” & also supervise them in the hope of averting a clash, there are times a full blown battle occurs. Under normal circumstances, Thomas would flee my hand but I know a fight is bad when he does not. In these instances I slip my hand between the two boys & usually get a hard bite (from Phineas) for my trouble.
I have spotted Phineas with a red blob on his toe which must have come from another scrap.
By far the worst outcome so far has been a scratch above Thomas’s eye. Blood poured down from it & initially it looked alarming. Fortunately, it was just a superficial wound. Despite him rubbing it a lot (most probably to get the blood out the way) it was clear his eye was not damaged & he was still flying & landing fine so vision was also not affected.
Apart from the fights….
….all is good.
(Click on photos to enlarge)
22 June 2013Posted by on
Phineas can sometimes get a bit over-excited & starts to bite. I am still seeking a cure for this, but in the meantime, when he is in biting mood, I try to remove my thumb from the equation.
The wound was quite bad but to be fair to Phinny, there was probably a little broken skin already & he pounced on that & was able to do maximum damage. It would not stop bleeding so I resorted to putting a plaster on it which Phineas kept trying to pull off!
13 August 2012Posted by on
Atilla has been spending a lot of time on her ttmss swing. Her lump is gradually getting bigger. I think she feels comfortable on that swing. She has started to sit leaning forward with her head underneath the mirror part. The position looks odd but it must help her feel more balanced.
I discovered recently that permission is still required to clean the ttmss swing. Silly me thought she might not have the energy to fight me for it, so the other day when she was the other side of the Manor, I whipped it out, turned my back (out of sight, out of mind?) & started cleaning it. I furtively looked around & there she was by my shoulder on the outside rope perch… she then put one foot on my shoulder to get to the ttmss swing. Oh…. she’s still territorial….. I’d better put it back quickly……
The cleaned ttmss swing was swiftly returned & I held out my finger to her to escort her back, which she graciously (I thought) accepted. However, no sooner had she settled on it & checked it was all in working order, she attacked my thumb with a “DO… NOT… TAKE… A…WAY… WITH…OUT… MY… PER… MISS… SION… FIRST!!!”
I got the subtle hint.
30 June 2012Posted by on
A few days ago, I noticed a strange orange-coloured patch on Atilla’s lump. It did not look right so I dropped an email to Mr Avian Vet, with a photo, asking if it was something I should be concerned about. Here was his response:
This is a localised area of infection – possibly because she has scratched or rubbed the surface. Initially I would treat it with some antiseptic cream such as Savlon, E45 or similar.
So, not only does she have a horrible hernia/lump, there is now an area of infection on it. 😦 I already had a tube of Savlon so I have been applying this twice a day. It has been a relatively easy task as Atilla still likes going inside the tea towel at the back of the chair & her lump is very conveniently positioned for me to gently smear some cream on. So far, the orange patch seems contained. Atilla is still fine in herself & does not appear troubled by the infection.
21 April 2012Posted by on
It has been two weeks since Cagney bruised his right leg. The exotic vet visit was brought forward a day which suited us better. Cagney was still not using his right leg although he was now stretching it out behind him when stretching his wing out which he was not doing before.
The added problem now was the pressure sore on his left foot as a result of not being able to rest it due to the gammy right leg. This was getting him down somewhat. When resting, he would hold his right foot up but slump to the left in a way that I assume he could take pressure off the left foot sore. He looked rather sorry for himself. He did not seem to be feeding Atilla as often but would go to her regularly for head preens, like he needed some extra comfort & tender loving care. Atilla, even though still weak, would always give him a thorough head preen, complete with pulling out feathers that Cagney would want to check before she flung away.
After a bit of a chase, Mr EV was able to examine Cagney & confirmed he had a superficial pressure sore. He said to give him antibiotics for the next five days to prevent infection. He agreed that he was slowly regaining use of his right leg.
Mr EV also checked out Atilla & said she was looking better than when he last saw her. That day was indeed an “up” day for her, where she was accepting seed from me & actually three times that day went down to get seed herself. 🙂 Mr EV advised that on her “down” days to give her some painkiller/anti-inflammatory medication.