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Repeat blood test

Bezukhov had another routine visit to the vet, two weeks ago, on the 1st June.  This was to have repeat blood tests.

His previous visit was on the 16th April.  Since then, we had “Black Wednesday” (22nd April) when he had 4 seizures in one day.  I had the camera handy at one point & managed to film him having a seizure.  It pained me deeply to do that but I thought it may be useful to have a visual record for Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV).  That particular one was quite long, at about 24 seconds.

Ms EHV confirmed the seizure looked more like a vacancy episode than a grand mal seizure, although the origin of both is similar and the former is still a type of seizure.

We had another discussion over his medication with the result that we would carry on as per normal & wait to see if the next blood tests reveal anything else.  The only change we implemented is to give Bezukhov some millet immediately after a seizure.  Ms EHV said that seizures, however brief, use up a lot of energy so it may help him to eat a food with a high energy value as soon after as possible.

Bezukhov back in the travel cage

Bezukhov back in the travel cage

Bezukhov after vet visit with trimmed left cheek feathers

Bezukhov after vet visit with trimmed left cheek feathers

Reunited

Reunited

Bezukhov was a very good boy on his visit to the vet.  She examined him before anaesthetizing him in order to get the blood sample.  Other than the seizures, he appeared well.  In fact, his feathers have improved.  His belly feathers had previously developed noticeable dark tinges which Ms EHV said was due to his liver not functioning properly.  As a result of his ongoing medication & supplements & also a recent moult, his new feathers have grown in without the discolouration (see comparison photos at the bottom of this post: Dec 2014 & April 2015).

He has put on more weight & came in at approx. 56 g.  Like before, Ms EHV was not concerned as she felt a little extra weight with his condition is an advantage.

Bezukhov was a good boy & provided her with a blood sample.  She returned him to me in a still groggy state & very fluffed up.  Whilst he was ‘under’, at my request, she attempted to do something about his sticky, medicine-soaked cheek feathers.  There was not enough time to wash the syrupy Lactulose out, so she simply trimmed those feathers.  Only his left side is affected – I am not sure why, it must be the way I give him the medicine, or perhaps he has a dominant wriggling side!

When we returned home, there was the usual chirpy greetings, but I let Bezukhov rest a little while in the travel cage before letting him out.  As soon as he started getting restless, I let him out & he flew to the manor & was reunited with his best buddy Cagney.

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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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Forty-one days later…

Forty-one days ago, Bezukhov had a vet visit.  Today was his follow-up consultation.

I don't like it in here.

I don’t like it in here.

Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) asked lots of questions about his well-being & behaviour.  I was pleased to report he was in good spirits & eating & pooping normally.  Unfortunately I had to also report he had had more seizures.  In the space of 10 days he had at least 3.  This was a disappointment as it suggested the medication, though it may be working for other things (chlamydia, liver etc.) it most probably is not treating the root cause of the seizures.

As expected, a blood sample was needed to compare with the previous one.  Bezukhov had to be anaesthetised for this.  Whilst he was under, the vet also examined him & before he came round, attempted to clean off some of the sticky, syrupy medication on his cheek & chin feathers but he came to quite quickly so she did not have enough time to clean those feathers properly.

She said he would most likely be groggy for most of the day & possibly tomorrow.

I am to continue giving Bezukhov his previously prescribed medication, although the 45 day course of Ronaxan ends in 4 days.  I do not need to nebulise Bezukhov with the F10.  He will be very pleased about that as I would put him in the travel cage for that & he absolutely hated it!

I feel groggy.

I feel groggy.

When we got home, groggy Bezukhov started immediately chirping in response to the others.  I thought I would leave him in the travel cage for a little while to rest & recuperate.  However, Bezukhov had other ideas.  After about 10 minutes of being quiet & still, he gave himself a shake & started climbing all around the travel cage.  He wanted out!

So I let him out.

He flew to the Manor & was reunited with Cagney.  He had a few seeds but after the initial excitement of being home, he has spent most of the day sleeping.  I kept Phineas locked up so Bezukhov did not have any stress having to deal with him.

By the evening, Bezukhov’s appetite has slowly returned.  I hope he will feel much better tomorrow.  In the meantime, we wait to hear about the results of the blood test that will be available in a few days.

Bezukhov on the window perch

Bezukhov on the window perch

 

 

 

There is no off switch!!!

I can confirm that Phineas has no off switch!  He is a budgie dynamo.  I am considering renaming him “Duracell”.  [If you do not understand the significance of this, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duracell_Bunny.]

Phineas is currently obsessed with Cagney.  He is Cagney’s shadow, whether Cagney likes it or not.  Cagney, though he appears a little overwhelmed by the attention, does lead Phineas on at times.

Bezukhov is still very much on the outside looking in at all the shenanigans.  I keep telling him we are playing the long game…. Phinny’s obsession is bound to wear out, that is if Cagney does not wear out first.

However, I thought the novelty would have worn off days ago….. but no, Phinny is still VERY excitable!  He also appears to have lots of hormones raging around, judging by his behaviour at times so it is possible we will have to wait for him to age before he starts to calm down. 😀

At times, Cagney gets visibly worn out so I help him into the Manor & shut it up.  At this point, Bezukhov will also join him.  This leaves Phineas prowling around on the Manor roof.  Sometimes, usually when the toyboys are dozing, Phinny will calm down & almost lay down on the Manor roof to rest himself but still with his eye on his two friends.  If I get the timing right, Phinny will allow me to ruffle his cheek feathers for a few seconds.  🙂

Phineas never shows any sign of returning to his own cage so each time I have to grab him & put him back myself.  He does not appear to hold this grabbing against me.  For the time being I am keeping the Manor a “safe haven” for the toyboys.