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The last two weeks

We are still reeling from the loss of Thomas.  After my last post on Thomas & his health problems, various things were going on in the background.

In writing this post it has turned into a clinical list of events.  That is partly my intention as I feel the need to log our efforts to help Thomas:

  • Tuesday, 14th January – Thomas began a course of antibiotics in the evening, to deal with a suspected infection.
  • Friday, 17th January – By this time, his poops were like pea soup & Thomas was more lethargic & sleepy.  I spoke to Mr EV that day & he said to come off the Baytril.  I removed it & replaced it with Guardian Angel in his water.
  • Monday, 20th January – Two lots of poop samples were given to Mr EV.  One was to test for bacteria and/or infection & the other to check if he is digesting food properly.  In the meantime, Thomas had a combination of Milk Thistle, L-Carnitine & Guardian Angel in his water.
  • Thursday, 23rd January – One lot of results were in: Thomas did NOT have an infection.  The other results were due later on, but speculating on those, Mr EV seemed to think the problem was all to do with Thomas’s liver not doing what it is supposed to do.  He mentioned another supplement that is used for dogs & cats but not tested on birds (probably due to dosage etc.)
  • Friday, 24th January – All this time, Thomas was getting worse.  At this point, I gave him Aloe Vera juice in his water (5ml in 50ml of water) & also pegged up a piece of Aloe Vera leaf which he appeared to nibble/lick.
  • Saturday, 25th January – Thomas had some slurps of the water with Aloe Vera.  He was eating millet when offered & sometimes seed.
  • Sunday, 26th January – In the morning, he stopped eating seed.  Not even millet.  In desperation I offered him different vegetables. He turned away from broccoli, celery, & spinach.  However, his eyes lit up when he saw the beetroot stalk.  Whatever beetroot had, he wanted it.  He could not get enough of those stalks.  In the afternoon he was even inspired to eat a little seed.  I switched back to Guardian Angel in his water.

Despite the obvious need to medicate to improve Thomas’s condition, his general well-being was Read more of this post

Two steps forward, one step back

Following on from my previous post on Thomas & his health problems, we located the medication, L-Carnitine.  It is a liquid version for humans, of 500mg strength.  Mr EV had already been researching the product & confirmed that the lemon flavour of this particular product will actually be beneficial rather than detrimental.  He suggested a dosage of 2 drops per 50ml of water (similar to the Milk Thistle).  Thomas is to have the L-Carnitine on one day & the next day Milk Thistle, & so on.

This new regime began on Tuesday 17th December.

About one week later, Thomas was definitely livelier.  He was flying more, was more alert & more vocal.  His poops seemed a little drier, not quite so sloppy.  He was also responding to Cagney & began flirting again.  This, once again, caused a little friction with the others, but as yet, no major fights have happened, just near misses.

Over the Christmas holiday, Thomas was mostly better but had the odd down day where he seemed a bit lethargic.

However, in the last week, Thomas seems to have taken a step back.  He has still been coming out but he has not been flying as much & not flirting with Cagney.  His poops have also got wetter again.  Yesterday, I had a telephone consultation with Mr EV.  He suggested a short course of antibiotics in case Thomas has picked up another infection.  This began today, alongside the Milk Thistle/L-Carnitine regime.

We continue to keep a very close eye on Thomas.

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Thomas is a brave boy

Bezukhov & Cagney visiting Thomas

Bezukhov & Cagney visiting Thomas

Phineas visiting Thomas

Phineas visiting Thomas

Following on from my previous post on Thomas & his health problems, there was little change, in fact, no change, from taking the six days worth of medication: Ornicure Doxycycline.  He spent several days in the travel cage so I could monitor him & also make sure he was not overly stressed.  On Friday 29th November (day 4 of medication), he vacated the travel cage & after a brief walkabout on top of the Manor, returned to live with Phineas, well, he returned for seed I think…. it was a coincidence that Phineas also lives in that cage….

Mr Exotic Vet did not prescribe more of the same medicine but said to remove it whilst he investigated other options.  On Wednesday 4th December, I had another consultation with Mr EV & he thought it was time for Thomas to have an X-ray.   He was booked in for the Friday morning.

On the Thursday evening, I got Thomas back into the travel cage so we could go out early the next morning.  The X-ray was scheduled early, before the morning consultations.  Friday morning, Thomas was a very brave boy.  Mr EV said he would be anaesthetised for the shortest possible time, just to allow him to be still enough for the X-ray to be done.  Sure enough, it was not long before Thomas was back up on the perch & looking very much the same as before he went in for the procedure.  I took him home & waited for the results. Read more of this post