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6 November 2021Posted by on
Just 8 days after seeing the vet for Lennie’s health problems, I was back at her clinic.
All initially seemed fine on the morning of the 2nd November. Normally, I would let Perry in with Moriarty where they could get their morning flirt out of the way without interruption from Lennie. This went ahead as usual but I noticed it ended quicker than usual, & Moriarty wanted to go & say good morning to Lennie. This meant Perry was on his own in Moriarty’s cage.
Not long after, I noticed the tip of his beak was red.
Now was the time for some intense observation.
I thought I saw a flash of something dark around his preening gland area. I wondered if he had a broken blood feather. Sure enough it was not long before, I started seeing spots of blood on the bottom of the cage… Then bigger drops.
I rang the vet hoping there was a cancellation for a home visit, which there was not. She was already out doing home visits but would be back at the clinic in about an hour or so, so they suggested I make my way there. I immediately covered Perry in corn flour. He was bleeding as I was doing this (the place looked like a crime scene afterwards). I could not quite work out where it was coming from so just pressed my finger in certain places & if it came out red, I shoved corn flour in that area. There seemed to be a spot below the preening gland that was bleeding. I put him in the travel cage. Fortunately, the corn flour temporarily stopped the bleeding. The cab ride would be at least 30 minutes, so I put some corn flour in my bag in case it was needed on route. We got to the clinic about half an hour before the vet. It was not until about 5 or 10 minutes before she took him in, that I saw a drop of blood on the bottom of his cage – so the corn flour held up well.
It seemed like forever that Perry was in with the vet. The longer he was gone, the more worried I was getting.
It turned out the bleed was from a broken blood feather on the left side of the main tail. The feather itself was not in situ & to date, still has not been found. (It is possible there was not blood on it when it came out, so I may have missed it).
There was quite a big hole left by the feather & the area was inflamed & bruised. By that time, the bleeding was heavy so the vet cauterized the feather follicles to stop it. She also removed some of the surrounding feathers. She gave Perry an anti-inflammatory injection & also made sure he was well hydrated. The vet said several times that it was absolutely the right thing to bring him as soon as we did.
We finally got home early afternoon. Perry started chirping to Lennie & Moriarty as I brought him into the lounge. I left him in the travel cage for about an hour as he seemed comfortable there (knowing he was back home). Moriarty was going mad, wanting to give him a kiss but I think he too calmed down a bit just seeing that Perry was home again. Both Moriarty & Lennie were locked in Perry & Lennie’s cage. Whilst Perry was resting I took the opportunity to clean up Moriarty’s cage. When Perry started to stir a bit, I offered my finger & he came out, so I put him into Moriarty’s cage. To try & get some normality back, I let Moriarty in at intervals so as not to tire Perry out.
Perry was quiet for the rest of the day but in the evening had some water & also tucked into some millet. I checked on him during the night & he was stable. The vet nurse rang first thing in the morning to see how he was. Importantly, there was no further blood loss. The anti-inflammatory was due to wear off 24-48 hours after administration, leaving the sore, bruised area which will take a little longer to heal. So far, Perry has continued to recover well.
I would like to end this post by recommending that all who have birds should have a tub of corn flour in their medicine cabinet. You never know when it might come in handy. Without corn flour Perry may not have made it to the vet. Lastly, I would also like to say a big thank you to my vet who immediately understood the gravity of the situation & responded as quick as she could & was a star!
23 December 2014Posted by on
Cagney has hurt his foot again.
Yesterday I noticed that he was holding his right foot up. He was limping too. This has happened before & I think it is because his long toenails get caught in something. I continued to observe him & was concerned enough to remove the swing from the Manor & put some padding on the bottom in case he should fall.
He seemed fine in himself & was getting about. He even sat in Phinny’s cage for a little while but as the day progressed he seemed to get a little worse. He had difficulty turning on the perch & could not be bothered to go all the way down to his seed pot. Naturally, I held the seed pot up to him. I decided that a vet visit was in order, if only to confirm it was a simple sprain & nothing sinister.
Today, Cagney visited the vet.
20 June 2013Posted by on
Yes, there has been another toe incident. Who was the victim? Phineas. Again.
Who was the perpetrator? The jury is still out on that one. All I can say is that Phinny runs around a lot on top of the ferplast & dangles his toes through the cage bars a lot. This must appear tempting to whoever is underneath. In this case, I suspect either Cagney or Thomas.
Though the wound looked quite red, Phinny recovered quickly & spent a little time afterwards cleaning it up himself.
(Click on photos to enlarge)
14 October 2012Posted by on
I am aware that I have not given an update on Cagney’s dodgy foot. I am pleased to report that all is well. His dodgy left foot is now completely fine & the pressure sore on his right foot has gone. I did try putting savlon on his sore but the attempts were pretty feeble so I can only assume that his healing was down to “time”. It certainly did not take as long as the last time so although there was a problem it was not as severe.
So, why does he keep injuring his foot?
The only thing I can think of is a combination of him having too-long toenails & getting a too-long toenail caught in a loop on the sisal rope perch. I prefer the sisal rope perches to the cotton rope perches as I believe they can easily tear the sisal rope but not the cotton, so even if they do get caught, they can bite their way free.
In fact, Cagney can often be found chewing the sisal rope perch. Bezukhov joins in. Sometimes, I join the two of them & we three spend a quiet evening pulling at the strands on the perch.
In the meantime, I do believe Cagney has been keeping his toenails shorter. Fingers crossed he keeps them down & does not injure his foot again.
15 June 2011Posted by on
Being sisters, the girls do have a strong bond. They are however, quite competitive with each other & neither will take any nonsense from the other.
Now that Atilla has her new party trick, I suspect also that Raspy is a little jealous. Atilla holds her nerve well when exploring t-shirts & jumpers. Raspy is far more tentative in her sleeve explorations & has not yet gone as far as Atilla, though judging by her efforts, I doubt it will be long before she catches up.
The other day, Atilla was in my sleeve & Raspy came to the perch where it was all happening & unfortunately, before I had a chance to move away, she grabbed at Atilla’s gradually disappearing foot. Atilla gave quite a yelp, backed out my sleeve & limped across the top of the Ferplast to a place where she could safely investigate her foot. After that, she retired to the Manor & kept her foot tucked up underneath her for awhile. I did not see any blood & am happy to say that after an hour or so, she was back to normal.
The day after, Atilla was having another rummage in my sleeve whilst Raspy was chewing my other sleeve. Atilla then made her way down the inside of my t-shirt & I’m afraid to say that Raspy jumped on her sister as she emerged from the bottom. I do not think that even that incident dampened Atilla’s pleasure at having successfully negotiated the dark, armpit bend once again.