Bezukhov’s second x-ray

A few days ago, on Thursday 29th January, Bezukhov had an x-ray & supplied another blood sample.

Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) had previously suggested he have these tests again so they can be compared with the previous results.  His last x-ray was taken on the 24th September 2014.  From this it was seen he had “Air Sacculitis & likely liver disease“.  He had various medication for this over the following 6-7 weeks.

Bezukhov’s last blood sample was given on the 10th November 2014.  The results were a ‘mixed bag’.  Medication was ceased but we have continued with Aloe Vera & Milk Thistle in his water.

As per usual, I bundled Bezukhov into the travel cage.  Surprisingly, he was not so panicky as he usually is.  Although, when Cagney & Phineas started eating their seed, Bezukhov did get flustered even though he had his own seed right in front of him.  He does not like to miss out on food, particularly if others are eating, but clearly the travel cage is a hunger strike zone.

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Déjà vu

Last week, Bezukhov went to the vet &, amongst other things, gave a blood sample.  The result of this was due 2 or 3 days later.  Unfortunately, the laboratory said there was not enough ‘plasma section’ in the blood sample. His red & white blood cells were tested & all was fine there but the test they could not do was for the important bit. Apparently this can happen in small animals due to the small volumes they are dealing with.

The only thing to do was bring Bezukhov back to the vet & get another blood sample.  This happened today, exactly 7 days after the previous one & in fact at the same time too.  Poor Bezukhov must have had a sense of déjà vu.  I know I did.

After bundling Bezukhov up in the travel cage we made our way to the vet’s.

Me & my sticky horns
Me & my sticky horns

When we arrived, Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) whisked him away into the consulting room, whilst I sat in the waiting room, worrying.  After about 20 minutes, she brought him out & said he was still groggy.  She had wanted him to sit on the floor for a bit but he insisted on sitting on the perch even though he was still swaying.  Ms EHV said he did make a bid for freedom just as the anaesthetic wore off & I think she was impressed with his derring-do intention, even if he was too groggy to get far.

Last time, she attempted to clean off some of the sticky, syrupy medication on his cheek & chin feathers & she did quite a good job.  He was left with two patches either side of his beak though, that over the days morphed into two little horns.  Whilst he was under the anaesthetic today, she had another go at cleaning up the horns feathers.  He is certainly looking less sticky now.

Mama, I'm ready to come out now...
Mama, I’m ready to come out now…

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Thomas is a brave boy

Bezukhov & Cagney visiting Thomas
Bezukhov & Cagney visiting Thomas
Phineas visiting Thomas
Phineas visiting Thomas

Following on from my previous post on Thomas & his health problems, there was little change, in fact, no change, from taking the six days worth of medication: Ornicure Doxycycline.  He spent several days in the travel cage so I could monitor him & also make sure he was not overly stressed.  On Friday 29th November (day 4 of medication), he vacated the travel cage & after a brief walkabout on top of the Manor, returned to live with Phineas, well, he returned for seed I think…. it was a coincidence that Phineas also lives in that cage….

Mr Exotic Vet did not prescribe more of the same medicine but said to remove it whilst he investigated other options.  On Wednesday 4th December, I had another consultation with Mr EV & he thought it was time for Thomas to have an X-ray.   He was booked in for the Friday morning.

On the Thursday evening, I got Thomas back into the travel cage so we could go out early the next morning.  The X-ray was scheduled early, before the morning consultations.  Friday morning, Thomas was a very brave boy.  Mr EV said he would be anaesthetised for the shortest possible time, just to allow him to be still enough for the X-ray to be done.  Sure enough, it was not long before Thomas was back up on the perch & looking very much the same as before he went in for the procedure.  I took him home & waited for the results. Continue reading “Thomas is a brave boy”