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Old 01-16-2018, 04:04 PM
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Hey everyone

So things have been going well with MJ and our bonding, it's going slowly but at her pace and she's excited for our sessions at least

Anyway the reason for this post in this section is I'm pretty certain she has scaly face mites. A small whitish growth has appeared at the side of her beak and I've done alot of research and come to the conclusion the vet administering the drops is the best course of action.

We have an appointment on Saturday. My dilemma is I don't want to ruin the trust we've built by forcing her into the travel cage. Currently her cage is small enough two of us carrying it will be safe.

Should i just take out her toys and anything else that dangles and transport her to the vets in her cage avoiding the need to stress her any more than necessary? Do I cover her? (I cover her at night). Will the vet mind?

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Old 01-16-2018, 07:26 PM
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You can take the cage MJ normally resides in to the Avian Vet's office. As long as you can easily carry it and it fits into your car there is no problem.
As you indicated, remove the toys, swings and hanging items from the cage before transporting it.
Make sure you cover the cage when you take it outdoors and prevent MJ from being subjected to drafts.

I've taken my budgies to the vet in the manner indicated with no problems whatsoever.
Let the vet or vet tech get MJ out of the cage for the treatment so she does not associate the stress with you.

Best wishes!
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Thanks FaeryBee as always great advice and you've eased my worries.

I will give you an update on Saturday once she's seen the vet.

In regards to all her wooden toys and swings etc should I be treating these with anything stronger/specific than the Bird safe cleaner I use for her cage?

I ask because I have some Scalex there and although I would never use it on MJ (very glad I researched it first) Can I use it on her cage?

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No, I would not recommend using Scalex cleaner on anything in your budgie's cage.

The safest cleaners to use to disinfect your budgie's cage, toys, etc. would be:

F10 Veterinary Cleaner which is available through Amazon as well as various pet supply facilities.

Full strength White Vinegar

50/50 solution of Bleach/water
Note - this would need to be done with the bird in a different location. The items would then need to be rinsed several times quite thoroughly and allowed to completely dry before reintroducing them into the bird room.

Steam Cleaner
The hot steam gets into places that canít always be reached with cleaning tools. Itís perfect for cleaning playgyms and porous perches. Steam will also kill mold and fungus You can purchase hand-held steam cleaners at some bird supply stores.
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Thanks FaeryBee I won't use it at all. I will also purchase some F10 and checked the prices of handheld steam cleaners which seem relatively cheap.

So the vet visit was an absolute shambles this morning. I don't think I've ever met a more incompetent vet. During the course of a consultation she took 10 mins to catch her stressing her out the whole time. She then attempted to weigh her and then let her escape. She was so useless I had to safely catch MJ and put her into a box myself earning some bites of my own because i feared she would hurt her at which point she was weighed successfully (32g). Completely ruining my plan of blaming the vet.

To top it all off the vet had no bird ivermectin to hand and didn't want to rush calculating the dilution of the cattle ivermectin she did have available. So in the end she received no treatment today. I've to call on Monday when she will have the calculations worked out for the dosage but I honestly think I should just go to another vet. What do you guys think?

This was definitely a vet willing to see birds and not an avian vet even though I called and asked if she had experience with birds and was told yes.

She asked me to bring her in a small box next time.

*sigh*

MJ is now settled at home again and I think she's starting to forgive me just a tiny bit...until next time.


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I'm so sorry you had such a bad experience.

At this point, I think it would be best for you to order ivermectinon-line and administer it yourself.
Beaphar Anti-Parasite Spot On for Small Birds

Your holding MJ and putting the tiny drop of medication behind her neck will be much less stressful for both of you.
You could always enlist the help of a friend to assist you if you think it best.
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Thank you it really was a horrible first experience at the vet, my poor baby was so scared. She landed on the floor at my feet and I just scooped her up.

I've found some on amazon not sure if it is the best brand? Beaphar anti parasite spot on for small birds 20-50g it does contain ivermectin.

I think you are very much correct even if it will negatively affect our bond right now it's best if I do this myself instead of adding all the extra stress of catching her more than necessary and now that I've had my first bite I know it doesn't hurt too badly! She didn't break the skin. Not so sure how the vets hand faired. She's a feisty girl haha

I've bribed her with some millet and she's grinding her beak right now so I think I'm on the way to forgiveness thank goodness.

Thanks again for all your advice regarding my little MJ. She may be tiny but she's stolen a large chunk of my heart haha
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What you found on Amazon is probably the same as what was in the link I provided in my previous post?

If so, that is perfectly fine to use for MJ.

I would also like to recommend you start looking for a different vet. Think about interviewing a couple before you ever have to take MJ in for a check-up or (heaven forbid!) treatment for an illness.
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Ah yeah sorry I probably should have read the link instead of just clicking on it. Strangely it turns up a page not found. But looking at it now it does look to be the same so I have ordered some.

Yeah I was thinking the same there are a few I can call on Monday and ask a few questions before settling on one just in case. Thanks for all your advice

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Ah yeah sorry I probably should have read the link instead of just clicking on it. Strangely it turns up a page not found. But looking at it now it does look to be the same so I have ordered some.

Yeah I was thinking the same there are a few I can call on Monday and ask a few questions before settling on one just in case. Thanks for all your advice

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Sorry, I didn't realize the link I provided wasn't working. I've now repaired it.

Please keep us updated on MJ's improvement after her treatment.
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