31 August 2015
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Previously, I reported on Cagney’s return from the hospital (click here).
On Tuesday 25th, we saw our regular vet, Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV). She confirmed that the barium x-ray did not show any obstruction. An examination of his poops at the hospital did not show any parasites or anything to be worried about. She examined Cagney again & said his temperature was still high, though lower than before. His weight was the same. Otherwise, she thought he looked generally brighter than when she last saw him on the Saturday.
It was decided that Cagney have metacam orally (0.03ml), twice a day – mainly to bring his temperature down. This is to be administered every 12 hours. As he had a dose during the consultation, that meant approximately 9am & 9pm for the next 4 days. She also wanted to include an antibiotic (baytril – 0.03ml) in the 9pm medication
battle slot for a week. Medicine to be reassessed during follow-up visit a week later.
- How to administer medicine!
Cagney feels very different to hold than Bezukhov – more fragile – so I expressed concern about getting the medicine inside him, not to mention attempting to catch him at 9pm when he has worked out that going back to ‘bed’ means he will be caught again. She said I could bring him to the surgery twice a day where a vet or nurse could give the medicine. I seriously considered this for a moment! In the end, we decided that I would give him the medicine in front of her & she would tell me what I was doing wrong!
We used the cloth method, which I have discounted with Bezukhov as he manages to burrow down into it! With Cagney, the cloth seemed to be the way to go. She suggested holding his head between my thumb & index finger. Cagney still managed to turn so I was pointing the syringe at the back of his head (the film The Exorcist comes to mind…), but after much maneouvring I managed to squirt the medicine in his beak.
To make things slightly easier, Ms EHV trimmed Cagney’s toenails to limit the chances of them getting caught in the cloth.
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2 February 2015
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A few days ago, on Thursday 29th January, Bezukhov had an x-ray & supplied another blood sample.
Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) had previously suggested he have these tests again so they can be compared with the previous results. His last x-ray was taken on the 24th September 2014. From this it was seen he had “Air Sacculitis & likely liver disease“. He had various medication for this over the following 6-7 weeks.
Bezukhov’s last blood sample was given on the 10th November 2014. The results were a ‘mixed bag’. Medication was ceased but we have continued with Aloe Vera & Milk Thistle in his water.
As per usual, I bundled Bezukhov into the travel cage. Surprisingly, he was not so panicky as he usually is. Although, when Cagney & Phineas started eating their seed, Bezukhov did get flustered even though he had his own seed right in front of him. He does not like to miss out on food, particularly if others are eating, but clearly the travel cage is a hunger strike zone.
Bezukhov in the travel cage
Bezukhov calm & preening
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16 December 2013
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Bezukhov & Cagney 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