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Update on Dalai: 45 days

The last time I posted on Dalai’s health (click here), I stated that we had commenced the 45 day treatment for Chlamydiosis.  This ran from the 1st December 2018 to 14th January 2019.  Treatment was the medicine Ornicure, in water for all three: Dalai, Perry & Lennie.

The medicine was made up 1 litre at a time & kept for 7 days in the fridge.  Apart from ensuring the light-sensitive medicine & solution was measured & stored correctly, administration was really no problem at all.  They all drank the water without any qualms.

The difficulty was all the cleaning that had to be done.  The infectious element is shed in cycles so it is important to have an effective cleaning routine.  Given that they have an awful lot of ‘furniture’, I decided to clean most of it once & then store it away & return it at the end of the treatment.  This has meant we have been living a minimalist lifestyle!

In week one, the playgym took 3 days to dismantle & clean & at the time of writing, has not yet been returned.  As I bagged up newly disinfected items, I marvelled at how many pegs they have & how many beads!

Temporarily, I replaced some wooden perches & the rope perches with easy-to-clean plastic perches.  I replaced their chewy toys with plastic toys.  As paper is easy to replace, I used a lot of crinkle paper & curly paper on the toys to generate interest.

They all continued to moult – each losing a tail feather during December.  Intermittently, Dalai would tail bob, so on those occasions I would nebulise him in the travel cage with F10.

 

A few days after treatment was completed, I arranged another visit from the vet (17th January).  I still had some concerns about intermittent tail bobbing.  The vet checked Dalai over.  His weight was either 45 or 46g.  The vet said that last time she was starting to feel his keel bone so it was good he was back to a healthy weight.  His temperature was also normal, compared to last time when it was slightly raised.  His toenails were fine (no problematic bruising) but were a little long, so they were clipped.  She detected a slight clicking which suggested there was still a lingering respiratory issue.  If linked to the Chlamydia, she said it may take a little longer after the end of treatment for it to clear up.  Because the vet thought Dalai was in otherwise good health & in good spirits, she suggested I continue to nebulise him with F10, as & when the tail bobbing is apparent, but to continue a few days after he improves.

Dalai’s poops 17/1

Dalai’s poops have improved over time.  The initial worrying green colour that prompted the vet to suggest treatment for Chlamydia, has gone.  Of course we still do not know if they had or have Chlamydia, but either way, they all now appear well & happy.

Just so Perry & Lennie were not feeling left out with all the attention the vet was giving Dalai, they both had their toenails trimmed.  Perry, in particular, had a very long toenail that I was concerned about.  Lennie was a very difficult patient & it took the vet & the nurse ages to trim his toenails!

Over the next few weeks I will continue to bring back more of their toys & also the playgym.  I am sure it will not be long before we are completely cluttered again!

Dalai

 

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

 

 

 

Last Wednesday

As previously posted, Bezukhov has been moulting.   Moults can take a lot out of a bird.  I was not too worried when Bezukhov appeared a bit grumpy & lethargic.  It was after all, the moult.  Or was it?  After awhile, I noticed his poop changing & somehow his lethargy seemed too pronounced.  A few times he also looked like he was vomiting.  He did not bring anything up – it looked more like he had an obstruction or irritation.  My concern was enough to take him to the vet.

On Wednesday 24th September, Bezukhov was seen by Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV).  She had previously seen him over his random seizures.  Since his last visit to her on the 20th May, I made a note of any other ‘episodes’.   In total, he had six over four months, of which two were proper ones & the others were minor that lasted a second or two.

Given Bezukhov’s medical history & his current state, Ms EHV wanted to take x-rays & a blood sample.  With a heavy heart, I signed the form for him to have the x-rays.  She arranged for the x-rays to take place about an hour later & suggested I go home & pick him up later.  With an even heavier heart, I returned home, Bezukhov-less.

Cagney poop top left, Bezukhov poop bottom right.

Cagney poop top left, Bezukhov poop bottom right.

In my absence, though being watched over by the budgie-sitter, Cagney had temporarily & voluntarily moved into the Ferplast with Phineas.  Phineas must have been over the moon with those few hours with just his adored Cagney.

A short time later I received a call from the vet saying that Bezukhov had come round from the anesthetic.  Cue a huge sigh of relief from me.  When I picked him up later that day, Ms EHV gave me a run down of what she had found.  It was already written down & covers a whole sheet of A4 paper.  In short, his condition is “Air Sacculitis & likely liver disease“.

Though it is not confirmed he has Chlamydia Psittaci (this was not detected in his poop sample provided in July), it is apparently a known cause of liver & breathing problems.  His treatment plan takes this into consideration.  It is worth noting that liver disease can cause seizures because toxins are not filtered.

Treatment is as follows:

  • Bezukhov's medication

    Bezukhov’s medication

    Nebulise with F10 solution up to 3 times a day (for Air Sacculitis)

  • Milk Thistle & Aloe Vera to be administered, either directly or in water (for liver)
  • Lactulose twice a day (for liver)
  • Ronaxan once a day for 45 days (for Chlamydia)

I was told the Ronaxan is the most important of his treatments.  Check-up in 4 weeks time.  Results of blood test to be available in a few days.

Though it all sounded very daunting, I was just delighted to be bringing Bezukhov home.  As I brought him into the lounge, there was a chorus of chirping.  He clearly was also relieved & happy to be back home.

Note: Chlamydia Psittaci can be caught by humans so I was advised to take care & also to not allow anyone on chemotherapy, the elderly or very young to handle Bezukhov.

 

Poop results

Following on from my previous update on Bezukhov & his Missing Poop, the results are now in.

Bezukhov & the chewy toy

Bezukhov & the chewy toy

There were:

  • No parasites or worm eggs present,
  • No Campylobacter,
  • No Salmonella, and
  • No Chlamydia. However, Chlamydia psittaci is apparently notoriously difficult to isolate hence collecting poop over several days to try to catch it, so the negative result could therefore be inaccurate if it was not shed during those collection days.

We agreed to continue monitoring Bezukhov & hope that the medication he previously had & the continued regular intake of Calcivet will keep his ‘episodes’ at bay.