29 October 2013
Posted by on
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
19 August 2012
Posted by on
Atilla has not been well.
Atilla feeling a little sorry for herself
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.
The boys visiting Atilla in the travel cage
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.