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Exclamation My budgie got blind! Need help.

My 2-year-old budgie sandy suddenly got blind.
She was ok a few days ago. Then she became sluggish and slow, sitting in one spot and head tucked under her feathers. She was always the boss but then i noticed she was getting picked up by youngsters. I thought she is ill so i moved her in a separate cage and took her out for sunbathing for an hour. Sun was bright that day. While handling her during all this i noticed she didn't reacted the same way while approached, i suspected something might be wrong with her eyes. I checked her thoroughly and came to know she cant see with her both eyes. This all happened in last 2-3 days.
Can it be due to the bright sunlight? We don't have avian vets here in Pakistan so i need you guys let me know any remedy for her situation and the tips and tricks how to manage her. Any medicine that you know of that can help let me know that too.

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Old 10-27-2016, 07:25 PM
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I doubt the sun caused her condition as you indicate she seemed ill prior to you moving her into a separate cage.

Is your budgie able to find her food and water dishes in the cage you have her in currently so she can eat and drink?

Is she able to perch at all?
Do the eyes look cloudy or as if they have been injured in any way?

Have you tried rinsing her eyes gently using a sterile saline solution with no preservatives that you can purchase from the pharmacy?

Here is a list of vets in your area that may be able to provide assistance:

Dr. Isma Gheewala, Animal Care Center, DHA5 5851296

Dr. Zulfiqar Haider Otho, Karachi Animal Hospital, DHA6 03212471053

Dr. Iftikhar A. Pirzada, Pirzada Pets Clinic, KDA & DHA5 5852988, 03332341405

Dr. Abrar Pirzada, KDA & DHA5 5852988, 03332377083

Address: Shop No. 22, Royal Apartments, KDA Scheme No. 1, Karachi

Address 2: 4-C, 14th Street, Off Khayaban-e-Shamsheer, DHA Phase V, Karachi

Dr. Masroor Pirzada (24hrs) 03343615403

Dr. Sajid, Pak Pets Clinic, DHA5 (24hrs) 5864265, 03002439869

Small Animal Hospital, DHA2 5884318

Maj Ehsan, Military Veterinary Hospital, DHA 5605607

Richmond Crawford Veterinary Hospital M.A. Jinnah Road, 32743224

Dr. Mohanlal Rajput (24hrs) 03332113953

Dr. Javed (24hrs) 4555463, 03204061580

Dr. Syed Anwer Ahmed, Nazimabad 6680709

Dr. Tanvir Hassan, Gulshan-e Iqbal 4973543, 03332126164

Animals Clinic, Gulshan-e Iqbal 4820444, 03002182641

Edhi Animal Hospital 115

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Right now she is with 5 other budgies (Its a big cage). I saw her eating today so maybe she can find her food.
As i mentioned we don't have proper avian vets so these guys are not much of a help.
Usually she is hanging on the walls of her cage which she seldomly did. she can also perch when she finds one.
What should i do to create ideal conditions for her in the cage?
What can be the most likely cause of her blindness?
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Do her eyes look cloudy or as if they have been injured in any way?

You need to move her into a separate cage of her own.
She should not be housed with other budgies.
Budgies know when another is ill or injured and may attack her or even kill her if she is not separated.

She is probably clinging to the side of the cage because she is disoriented and scared. It is up to you to do everything possible to make her comfortable and help her adjust to her disability.
Once you have her in a small cage on her own, you can ensure she is able to find her food and water and possibly install flat platform perches so she can rest more easily.

Is she still fluffed up and lethargic?

There is no way to know what caused the blindness.
She may have collided with the side of the cage, she may have had a stroke or she may have some sort of illness that caused her to lose her sight.

It is better for you to consult with someone who has had professional training. If you can't work with one of the regular veterinarians in your area, then I suggest you contact one of the on-line veterinarians for assistance.

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Thanks.
Her eyes don't look clouded or injured in any way.
I'll follow your instructions asap.
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Hi there and to the forums!

I'm so sorry to hear about your little girl

FaeryBee has given very important advice, so I'm glad you'll be taking it into account. Please let us know how your little girl is doing soon!

It's necessary that she is in her own cage, padding the bottom of it with an old towel may be good in case she falls.

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the forums and the links provided. If you have any questions afterwards, don't hesitate to ask as we'd love to help!

I hope everything goes well with your budgie and you are able to get her to a vet soon

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I'm sorry but it's very unlikely that your budgie got blind from sunlight. There must be an underlying illness that resulted in her blindness. And are you sure that she's blind, she could just be too sick to move and respond. Could you describe any of the symptoms your budgie is experiencing like dizziness, loss of balance, or anything? I personally can't say anything professionally, so you might want to get your birds checked out by a doctor. Hope your baby feels better.
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I'm sorry to hear that something has happened with Sandy's eyesight. FaeryBee has taken the time to give you a lot of great info and resources to take advantage of . I hope it helps, and Sandy is as comfortable as possible soon. A separate cage without competition for food and perching should make her feel more secure too. Best of luck!
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Well, I am quite sure she is blind right now as i have checked multiple times.
She is now in a separate cage. She is sleeping more than usual but when i wake her up she is alert. She is not fluffed uped or anything else
Saw another one of my budgie clinging on the walls, that one has also laid an egg so hoping that's the reason of her abnormal behaviour otherwise it could be the same thing that happened to sandy. Fingers crossed!
Did something like this ever happened to your budgies? I am trying to find the root cause for this so if it is something preventable, we all can be on guard for that.

With the average income of 220$ per month (of my father), a guy from the link you providded asked for 50$ per 15 minutes and estimated the whole activity would take 50 to 60 minutes. I am a student so i cant even pay 5$.
Thats why i told you, vets are out of questions.

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DO you have a zoo or bird sanctuary near by? If so you may be able to speak to a vet who has some experience with birds.
Sandy needs to have her food cups to be exactly within her reach , a flat shallow dish will be better. Can you hold her without stressing her? Do her eyes react to light, does she have any discharge, is she rubbing them against the cage bars or scratching more that she did?
Make sure she is eating and drinking, I hope you can finds out some answers soon.
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