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3 November 2021Posted by on
On Wednesday, the 20th October, Lennie was showing similar signs to two months back – a loss of appetite & very green poops.
I rang the vet but the earliest home visit appointment I could get was for the Monday but because I was concerned, they said the vet would ring me back. When we got to speak the following morning, she had already arranged to fit in a home visit later that day, the 21st.
Unlike last time, this time Lennie had a high temperature. The vet gave him an anti-inflammatory injection & a course of antibiotics. She said it may take 48 hours before there were any signs of improvement. That would take us to Saturday, where if need be I could take him to her clinic in the morning. The vet also pointed out that she could feel a strange mass under his fat in the belly area, that she suspected may be a hernia. Whether this was causing his current problems or was unrelated, we do not know.
By the Saturday morning he really was not any better. At best he had a brief preen, but he still was not eating. Unfortunately, I could not get transport arranged in time to go to the clinic. I had feeding formula left from the last time Lennie was ill so I attempted to feed him some but I got more around his beak & on my jumper than inside him. That evening he ate about 6 seeds which was a monumental effort from him.
On the Sunday (24th) he had a good glug of his antibiotics both in the morning & the evening so he was definitely well hydrated. During the day, he ate a few seeds & a few tiny bites of celery. He also chirped a little. These were all encouraging signs. However, he was still playing with his food a lot & not actually eating it, & was sitting hunched up. Poops were still an awful mess of green. He made another effort in the evening to eat more seeds.
We made it to the Monday. Lennie was still barely eating, though he managed a tiny bit of apple. He had been ignoring the baby corn & was chewing the stalk of the millet rather than eating the seeds.
Fortunately, the vet could confirm his temperature was back to normal. As expected, he had lost weight, about 7g from her previous visit. She gave him a crop feed for a boost. We booked another visit for the Thursday.
Over the next few days he gradually started eating more & was better in himself, & interacting with Perry & Moriarty. He even managed a bath, so by the time Thursday (28th) came, I felt confident enough to cancel the vet visit.
So, we are back to normal again. It is difficult to manage health problems when it is not clear what the cause is. We can only do our best with the information we have.
Obligatory poop pictures:
20 September 2016Posted by on
So Phineas was due to have surgery in the afternoon of the 6th September. I had left him at the hospital at around 14:30. At half past five, I still had not heard anything, so I rang the vets. I was told he had not had the surgery yet. It was possible it would not be done until the following day.
In a later phone call they suggested that he stay overnight at the hospital (free of charge) to minimise stress & he would be seen in the morning. I asked if I could visit him that evening but they said all their visiting rooms were booked. Because I could not see him, I rang several times to check he was okay. Each time, I was told he was settled & that he was ‘absolutely fine’. I cannot say that *I* was feeling ‘absolutely fine’. I was in bits.
The next morning, I was told he was ‘bright & happy’. I cannot say that even this comforted me as it did not sound like Phineas. I appreciate that strangers will not know him as I do, but *I* would have felt ‘bright & happy’ had they told me he was ‘grumpy & sulky’ – a far more normal description, particularly under the circumstances. They also told me that he would be seen at 1pm the earliest. So, another long wait…
I will not log the details of what happened next as they are still too upsetting for me to share. In short, during the surgery, Phineas went into cardiac arrest & they could not revive him.
It was several days before I could even discuss the surgery with the vet. It turned out to be very complicated. She was confident that Phineas had an aggressive cancerous growth that in turn had caused a hernia. It was not a relatively simple case of ‘removal of mass’ (as expected), because his abdominal contents had spilled out & were entwined in the growth. How my poor boy even functioned was a mystery. It is likely that had he survived the surgery, he would not have had long afterwards.
Right now, I find no comfort in anything. All I know is that he was in good spirits when I left him. I wish *I* had not left him. And I dearly wish he was still here. I know from experience that time will gradually heal these feelings…. but in the meantime, I am desperately sad & missing my wonderful little friend.
29 August 2012Posted by on
Since I last reported on Atilla’s “step back“, there has been little change in her health. 😦
She sleeps for most of the day. She still is not drinking (therefore not getting any medication). She hardly eats. She has lost a lot of weight. Throughout the day I offer various food to her – sometimes she eats, but most of the time she does not.
Cagney still feeds her, though it is debatable how much food she actually gets.
The electric blanket is permanently over the Manor making sure she is warm.
We have a poop-clearing session every morning & evening as her poops get caught on her lump. Despite being weak, she can still wriggle for England & each time manages to plant her beak into my finger, much like a mountaineer hurling an ice pick into the side of a cliff to get a firm hold & in Atilla’s case, a way to lever her way out of my grasp.
[Despite not eating much, she often nibbles on the iodine block & I am now convinced she is sharpening her beak for the poop-clearing sessions.]
Once poop has been cleared from the hernia, if possible, during the morning session, I smear some Savlon on the lower part of the lump & aloe vera mixed with vaseline on the top part. For the following couple of hours, her poops fall past the lump but then start getting caught up again, hence an evening poop-clearing session.
This evening she is quite restless. Twice I noticed she went down for seed herself (she ignores the seed pots I put in the top level to save her the climb down). At bedtime, she made her way to the top perch as per usual, but since then there has been some faffing around. I keep hearing movement & going to investigate. At 10pm she made her way down to the seed pot again, in the darkness (the cover was on by this time). Then she decided she wanted to sleep on the swing (despite Cagney being sat on it). At the next noise, I found her on the perch at the bottom of the manor… helped her back up. They seemed to settle but at the next sound I found her on the swing again… At the last check, she was on the top perch & both boys tucked out of the way on top of the back swing…
I hope she has a restful night. I will be checking on her as always.
19 August 2012Posted by on
Atilla has not been well.
Last Wednesday, her poop did not look right. I gave her antibiotics in water & she slurped it. However, since then she has not wanted to eat or drink & has become very lethargic. Her poops have not improved & have been sticking to her lump. I took her to Mr Exotic Vet on Friday.
He examined her & said that the skin on the top part of the hernia is red & inflamed & will be causing her discomfort. It will be caused by the weight of the hernia dragging the skin down. The top part is the area she can reach which means she may be aggravating it by preening & rubbing her foot against it.
He prescribed antibiotics in water during the day & Critical Care formula in water during the night. I am to report back on her progress tomorrow, Monday.
Since the vet visit she has eaten a little broccoli & occasionally has a few seeds. Unfortunately, even though I hold the water up to her, she has not been drinking it. I have been dunking the broccoli in it & hoping she consumes some through that. Cagney still feeds her though I doubt that much food gets through as most of it seems to land up dribbling down his chin!
At the beginning of the week, things in the Manor were rearranged again, this time to put seed/water pots up another level to save Atilla having to climb down for food. I know it is normally suggested that perches are lowered but as Atilla appears to think the Manor floor is made of hot coals I have moved everything up to her.
Atilla spends most of the day sleeping though she is still very aware of all going on around her. Mr EV thought Atilla looked very alert, despite her problems. She was studying him intensely, especially when he was typing up her notes & even chirped loudly at him a few times.
I continue to keep my eye on her, keep offering her food & water & making sure she is as comfortable as possible.
3 July 2012Posted by on
Atilla has been unwell for a couple of days. On Sunday & Monday she was very quiet & did not come out of the Manor. Her poops were getting caught on her lump. They seemed to be dribbling out. She had either lost the energy to propel them out away from her lump and/or they were not solid enough. Several times, I had to grab her & remove the poop buildup.
Fortunately she was still eating. I started giving her antibiotics in case she had some kind of infection.
This morning when I uncovered them, she stretched her wings & chirped. This was a very good sign. There was no overnight poop caught on her lump. Another very good sign. During the day she perked up enough to check on the mirror under the manor & even visited the poang chair a few times.
The toyboys have been fussing around her, not leaving her alone for a moment. In fact, I believe that was her main motivation for going to the chair… so she could hide under the tea towel from them for a little peace!
Here are the boys keeping an eye on her:
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.
13 April 2012Posted by on
The day after the Avian Vet visit, Atilla was still very sleepy & weak, in fact most of the time she could hardly open her eyes. I kept her warm in the Manor under the electric blanket. Her lump had got smaller due to the injection to reduce the excess fluid. It now hung down flatly rather than being big & round.
Cagney carried on feeding her. She did not accept any food/seed from me. I boiled up an egg & mixed in pellets that I had crushed to a powder, crushed seaweed, a pinch of Guardian Angel & broccoli & sprinkled a few drops of water that had the antibiotic in. I hoped this concoction would provide Atilla with more vitamins & hopefully more energy.
Despite Cagney gamely keeping up with feeding Atilla, his foot was no better so I decided to call out Mr Exotic Vet for the next day.
Come bedtime, Atilla made her way to the peg & after a little rest there, decided she wanted to sleep on the swing Bezukhov was on (the boys were sleeping on the two front swings). It is possible that she did not even know he was there as she was still barely opening her eyes, but either way, she jumped on it & landed beside a surprised Bezukhov. I offered my finger to Bezukhov who, still in shock, readily agreed to settle on the back swing.
The following morning, I found Atilla had made her way to the ttmss swing & was sitting there quite comfortably. I handed up the water pot & she slurped from it. She also climbed on my finger & walked up my arm, outside the Manor. I moved near the plant pot stand & she jumped on it! I think she appreciated the change of scenery. She sat there for awhile, being fed by Cagney. Bezukhov sat with them… all three on the plant pot stand.
When Mr EV & his assistant arrived, Atilla was back in the Manor & the toyboys were having a fly around the lounge. Naturally, Cagney did not want to be caught & flew off whenever Mr EV approached. Funnily enough, Bezukhov flew everywhere that Cagney did even though we were not after him. Cagney got a little tired & eventually he was caught when he flew into the Manor to hide.
Mr EV confirmed that Cagney’s leg was bruised. He cut his toenails as some of them were quite long & we assume he must have caught one, causing the bruising on his leg. We were to allow more time for his leg to heal.
Atilla was still weak so Mr EV had a look at her. He managed to prise off two large crusty poops on her lump that must have felt uncomfortable. I explained all that had happened with Mr AV. Mr EV said he would ring Mr AV & find out if there was any other medication to help Atilla.
It felt reassuring knowing that two vets would be discussing how to make my precious Atilla comfortable.
After Mr EV departed, I left them all locked in the Manor to calm down & rest.
At bedtime, Atilla made her way to the peg & after a brief doze, launched herself at Cagney’s swing. For a few moments, they were sat side-by-side, Cagney looking a bit shocked at her supposed decision to share the swing. Then Atilla launched herself at the back swing where she settled for the night.
27 March 2012Posted by on
It is a year on from Atilla’s last photo shoot and she clearly felt another session with the camera was due.
To me, she is as beautiful & as magnificent as ever, despite her health problems.
As you can see from the last photo, Atilla can still balance on one foot whilst preening, even though her lump is large. You can also see from the second photo that Cagney is always on the alert & watching her back. 🙂