14 October 2012
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The 3 amigos on the sisal rope perch
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.
7 September 2012
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Cagney has injured his foot again.
I noticed, as he has been holding it up quite a bit. It is not as bad as the last time as he does not appear to be limping, at least his limp is very, very slight. Unfortunately, like last time, he has developed a pressure sore on his good foot from having to rest his dodgy foot more.
Shortly after I took the photo below of his sore, I managed to discreetly dab a bit of savlon on via a cotton bud, through the landing platform, whilst he was distracted by the tasty cucumber. I am not sure it will have done much good as he then toddled off & the cream was then smeared over the perches…
Holding up dodgy left foot
Pressure sore on good (right) foot
Today he has been holding his dodgy foot up but curled up & tucked into his feathers so I am hoping it is already on the mend.
21 April 2012
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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.
17 April 2012
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Aloe Vera plant
On Sunday there was very little change, if any. Atilla slept fine overnight, but all poop had got caught on her lump. I managed to catch her, wrap her in a tea-towel & remove the offending poop. Once again, I smeared vaseline with aloe vera gel onto her lump to either encourage poop to slide off or at the very least, make it easier to remove poop if it settles again. Fortunately, after the poop-clearing she was able to poop clear of the lump. In fact, during the day, only 2 or 3 poops got caught on the lump.
Red sore on left foot
The next day there was still no change – Atilla was sleepy. Once again, I caught her up & removed her overnight poop from her lump. Worryingly, Cagney seemed quieter & less active. His right foot did not appear to be any better. On closer investigation, I noticed he had a red sore under his left foot. I can only assume this is because he has been using it all the time & has been unable to rest it. He must be feeling very fed up.
About 3 times during the day I offered the seed pot to Atilla & she ate. On one occasion she made her own way down to the seed pot. She also ate some broccoli & of course anything that Cagney was offering.