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We have a 9 year old budgie named Stewie. She has had a tumour near her vent for several months now and it has never bothered her. Because of her age, we did not want to put her through any surgery. For the last 6 weeks she has been very quiet and molting up a storm which we attributed to molting as she has been eating and pooping normal. This last week she has gone down considerably. She was always preening herself and especially her one foot. Her chirp suddenly changed and sounds like a little squeek now. She staggers on her perch to get to her food dish and even fell off once. Is hunded over and has laboured breathing. She is still eating, quit often, and pooping normally however the tumour is slowly taking control of her perching ability. At night I can hear her sleeping but she is still squeeking frequently. I put a hot water bottle inside the cage for warmth and in case she falls. I just dont want to see her in any pain. Any other suggestions to make her more comfortable? Any idea how long she will last at this point?

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I'm sorry little Stewie is so ill.
It sounds to me as if she is truly in pain and is suffering.
Although you may not wish to hear this, it is my opinion that the kindest and most loving thing you can do for her at this point in time is ask your vet to help her move on to the Rainbow Bridge.

I've had to do that in the past with a couple of my budgies and with several of my beloved dogs when they reached the point where they were in constant pain and had no quality of life left.

It takes strength of character but it truly is the most loving gift you can give Stewie.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Your post breaks my heart because I have been through this with multiple budgies.

You said your hen eats a lot. It is possible she's eating a lot because the tumor is affecting her intestines and she is starving; this happened to a couple of my budgies who had low-belly tumors. I suggest you feel her keel bone and/or weigh her. The keel bone test may be better because the tumor will add weight.

Quite honestly ... and posting this puts a pit in my stomach and brings tears to my eyes ... I agree with Deb that euthanasia may be the kindest choice at this point. A qualified avian vet should be able to provide better advice than anyone in these forums. You can find an avian vet here: Association of Avian Veterinarians.

My very best wishes and empathetic hugs to you and your sweet hen.
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Well I took little Stewbird (Stewie) into the vet today and of course they could run all sorts of tests and so forth. But the odds were not in her favour with the tumur, stumbling, change in voicebox pitch, excessive appetite and black stool. And her breathing was so laboured and they would have to sedate her to take x-rays and I just felt it would all be too hard on her. So she is at peace now. Very hard to do but know it had to be done. Better now then when she could be suffering more. Even though it was hard, I did ask for the results of what they find as I am curious as to how much the mass had spread. When I receive these results I will post as much info as I get in order to helps others who may experience the same issues.
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I am so, so sorry for your loss of your darling girl. You did the kindest thing for her.

Thank you for offering to share your experience with the other forum members.

Meanwhile, I can imagine you are devastated at her loss. My thoughts are with you during this time.

May your little girl rest in peace forever, free of hurts, weariness, or pain.

I will close this thread for now, if you would like, feel free to write a memorial to Stewie in the "In Memory" section of the forums.
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