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Sick as a parakeet

Will the worry the Toyboys & Phineas give me, ever end??

Today, Cagney vomited.

Cagney sleeping

Cagney sleeping

Once would be fine as this could be due to a number of minor reasons.  My first thought was a stuck seed that needed dislodging with a bit of help from contorting the body & elongating the throat.

However, this happened about 3 times.  Each time the seed was quite dry – I did not see much, if any liquid/mucus.

There were other warning bells alongside this.  Cagney had been sleepy, almost lethargic, most of the afternoon.  He was also quiet & was not chirping or grumbling.  They had broccoli today – first time in over a week – & Cagney did not have any, even when it was offered by hand.  He also refused pellets.  The thing that finally made me decide a vet visit was necessary was the thought that I could actually catch him & put him in the travel cage.  That surely meant this was not a minor thing & required some expert advice.

Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV), who has been treating Bezukhov, was not available for another two days, so I decided to go to Mr Exotic Vet (EV) who had last treated Thomas.  His evening appointments were fully booked but they managed to squeeze me in, given the worrying symptoms Cagney was displaying.

As predicted, I caught Cagney in no time (he seemed quite weak) & put him into the freshly prepared travel cage.  He was initially most put out & I guess, surprised too.  Phineas was the first to fly over.  I think Phinny’s prowling of the top of the travel cage put Bezukhov off visiting, so he shouted across to Cagney from the Manor.

Fortunately, Cagney was only in the travel cage for about half an hour before we had to go out.  I did worry that Phineas expected to come with us & had visions of me walking down the road carrying Cagney in the travel cage, with Phineas, still monitoring, on the top….

Of course this did not happen, but as I took Cagney out of the room, I looked back & saw a very confused Phineas & a very confused Bezukhov.  Cagney has always been in the middle of them.  No wonder they were confused.

At the vet’s, Cagney lived up to his ‘Mr Popular’ nickname.  Read more of this post

Thomas still unwell

Recent medication for Thomas

Recent medication for Thomas

Thomas looking through teething ring

Thomas looking through teething ring

Thomas with his head through the teething ring

Thomas with his head through the teething ring

Further to my previous post on Thomas being unwell, I report that there is little change.  😦

Though there have been few blog posts recently, there has been ongoing background activity regarding Thomas’s health.  During the last vet visit, Mr EV suggested another antibiotic.  This was prescribed the following day on the 30th October – Baycox.  Fortunately, to be administered in water.   After some days on this, there was no change.  Mr EV asked for a fresh poop sample which I supplied on the 5th November.  This was taken to the lab to be analysed.  The results came back on Friday 8th.  Thomas has Pasteurella bacteria.

Mr EV told me not to be alarmed if I googled this.  Naturally I did & it appears to be linked to the bacteria found in cat’s saliva which is known to be toxic to budgies.  Mr EV said that the bacteria is naturally present in their gut but in Thomas’s case the levels are higher than they should be.

In the meantime, he prescribed more Baytril but needed to get hold of another medication.  This was Critical Care Formula.  Thomas (& Phineas) have now been on this since the 12th November.  As there was no change after a few days I contacted Mr EV & he said to wait until the 19th.  This is what we are doing.  So far, no change in his poops, though I do believe Thomas is a little more active & vocal than he has been.

Cagney, Bezukhov & Phineas are fine, though a bit under the weather as they have been moulting.

Thomas is still eating & still enjoying his vegetables.  When out, he mostly sits on top of the Manor.  He half-heartedly monitors Cagney.

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Antibiotics, wheezing & toenails

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

Thomas back in the travel cage

Just recently I have been concerned with Thomas’s poops.  The white bits have been looking yellow.  Yesterday he seemed a bit lethargic too.  A visit to the vet was in order & that happened today.

Last night I put some white paper in his cage to catch some overnight poops.  Today, I transferred it to the travel cage so the vet could see his stress-free poops (assuming poops done whilst in the travel cage may be extra abnormal due to stress).  After giving me the runaround, I managed to get Thomas & transfer him to the travel cage.  It was about an hour before the appointment so I popped the cage on top of the ferplast, in a nice sunny spot, by the window.  Thomas seemed to settle quite quickly.

Only Phineas was out at this point.  He largely ignored Thomas in the travel cage & focused on monitoring Cagney.  However, he did wander over briefly at one point & peered across from the safety of his own cage.

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When the time came, I carried Thomas off to the exotic vet.  Fortunately, he is temporarily practicing at the surgery just around the corner so I could simply walk Thomas there.  It was indeed a quick & simple walk but by a main road, so Thomas would have heard all the hustle & bustle & police car sirens (they could have waited until Thomas was safely at the vet’s!)

At the vet, whilst we waited, I took some of his covers off & could see he was stressed by the journey.  Poor boy.

Mr Vet examined some fresh poop under a microscope & confirmed there was bacteria & therefore Thomas had an infection.  He also gave him a prod & a poke & felt able to rule out any other causes, primary or secondary, for the infection.  We thought it may have been brought on by stress through his living circumstances (fights).

The short-term solution is a course of Baytril.

On our return home, I popped Thomas, in his travel cage, back on top of the ferplast & within moments he was back to normal & jumping around.  He must have been so relieved to return to a familiar place.  Not least a place with Cagney in.

I was not sure what to do next.  Whilst thinking about it, I made up some water with the antibiotic & put it in his cage, hoping he would take a slurp.  I then decided I would put him in the ferplast for some rest & recuperation.  I put some fresh seed in, millet, his medicated water & some broccoli, hoping to make him feel comfortable.  He seemed quite relaxed & spent a lot of time preening.  He ate some millet & some broccoli but I did not see him drink any water.

Later this evening, coming up to bedtime, Thomas got very restless & started going down to the door of the ferplast.  He wanted out!  What to do?  Well, I let him out!  Rightly or wrongly.  He immediately flew over to see Cagney, but then went & sat on the perch near Phinny.  I sensed he wanted to go back home but was out of routine & did not know how to.  After a little runaround, I managed to catch him & put him back in with Phineas.  And then put the medicated water that was in the travel cage, then in the ferplast, into their cage…

All is back to normal again.

I just wish he would drink his water though.  Still, tomorrow is another day…

Tuesday avian vet visit

Atilla appeared to spend the night fairly comfortably, but by now her poops have turned quite green.

The travel cage was prepared with towels on the bottom & also a heat mat to keep her warm during the trip.  I waited until Cagney had fed Atilla breakfast before attempting to remove her.  It was easy to get Atilla into the small cage as she was still weak.  Naturally, the toyboys, shot out the cage as I moved Atilla.  They swooped over the travel cage & kept landing on it to talk to their leader.

The problem now was to get the toyboys back in the Manor so my assistant (my mum) was able to come with me to the vet, rather than toyboy-sit.  I took Atilla into the bedroom.  Fortunately, I received a text message from King Monty (over on the FeatheredFiends blog) who ordered the toyboys back into the Manor.  Millet helped too.

So, off we went to see Mr Avian Vet.  To say I was concerned is an understatement.

The diagnosis?  The hernia is, as expected, beginning to cause complications.  She has an infection to be treated with antibiotics.  She was given an injection with a strong solution of antibiotics & also something to remove fluid from the lump/hernia.

The prognosis?  The injection would make her sleepy for a few hours but then she should begin to pick up & start to eat again.  Unfortunately, even if/when she recovers from the infection, another will most probably occur…. so it is just a case of making sure she is comfortable…

No matter….. I was bringing my darling girl home where she belongs, at the Manor, with infatuated Cagney, with adoring Bezukhov & her relieved mama.

When we got home, Cagney was on the platform perch (closest to the lounge door) shouting (almost screaming) with a crazed look in his eyes.  His wings were shaking.  He was distressed.  We put Atilla in the travel cage on the poang chair & both toyboys just leapt about the Manor trying to get out.

Atilla sitting on the Poang chair

Atilla was still sleepy.  I was very tempted to let the boys out but at the same time, wanted Atilla to rest.  In the end, the boys settled down a little (as long as I did not excite them by standing up or walking) so I left Atilla to sleep on the poang with the electric blanket over her.

After a while she came to a little.  I poked in some millet but she was not interested.  A little later, I poked in some broccoli & this was more to her liking & to my delight she scoffed it down.  (See video below).  After this, I decided to let the boys out.  They flew straight over to her & Cagney was squeezing his beak through the bars.  Atilla reached out to him.  I opened the travel cage door & Cagney perched on my finger, halfway in (he doesn’t like small spaces!) & fed Atilla.  I think he fed her about half a ton of seed.  And she readily took it.  She then managed to get on my finger & wanted to come out, so I took her to the Manor.

Atilla remained sleepy for the rest of the afternoon & evening.  Every so often she would wake to be fed & maybe have a brief preen.  I could only hope the next day would see an improvement…