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Old 02-10-2018, 11:04 PM
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Unhappy Coconut is at the vet's

When I home today, I opened the birds' cages and they did their usual "Yay! She let us out" fly around the room. I noticed that Coconut was breathing hard, but initially thought he must have done more laps than he was used to. However, it soon became apparent that there was an issue. He was feeling well enough to fly onto my hand for some seed, but his breathing was clearly labored. I am incredibly fortunate in that there is a veterinary practice down the road from me that treats birds and other exotic animals and they were still open. Their avian vet was not there, but the one who was treats birds regularly and consulted with the avian vet on Coconut's treatment.

It looks like Coconut has some kind of mass. The vet did an x-ray without sedating him (placed him in a small box instead), which means that the quality was not the best, but it was enough to be pretty sure there is something there. She chose not to sedate him based on trade-offs between the risks and the possible treatments that could be administered this evening. She also chose not to draw blood. From a gram stain, there are also signs of a yeast infection.

Her overall take was that he definitely needed to stay and be supported with oxygen. From her palpitation, the x-ray, and his overall presentation, she thinks that the labored breathing is more likely from an internal obstruction than a respiratory infection. However, because of the gram stain, she is treating him with an anti-fungal medicine. She also is giving him a broad-spectrum antibiotic. She said that the incidence of secondary infections is high enough and that he was looking fragile enough that she didn't want to wait. Finally, she gave him a shot that might help shrink a tumor (depending on what it is). She is not positive that he will make it through the night, but they have done everything they could to stabilize him and give him his best chances.


Please send Coconut good thoughts. It was hard to leave him there--and without his buddy Kip--but it was clearly where he needed to be. Fortunate for him, there were two other budgies there who were on the mend and who were making nice little chirpy sounds.

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Old 02-10-2018, 11:13 PM
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Oh I'm so sorry you have to go through this It's always hard when you have to leave your pet at the vet. At least you know he is in good hands. I hope he has a speedy recovery.
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Leah, I'm so sorry that Coconut is at the vet's office!! I truly hope that he is able to recover soon It's fortunate that you noticed something was up right away and so were able to take him in.

Please keep us posted!
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I'm so sorry to hear that little Coconut isn't well.
I'm glad you were able to get him into the vet so promptly and hope the medication given will help him stabilize.

I'm sending prayers and healing energy for Coconut and will be looking for your updates with regard to his condition.
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Good news: Coconut made it through the night and is eating well. Not so good: his breathing, while better, is still labored. Likely cause is fluid, and the likely cause of the fluid buildup is some form of cancer. They are going to keep him for another day and probably see if they can do more tests Monday morning. They are hoping that he will be stronger by then, plus the avian vet will be there.

I'll go in to see Coconut in a few hours, partially so that he can get the reassurance of hearing my voice, plus getting a few treats, but also just so that I can see how he's doing.

Thank you for the good thoughts and get well wishes! I'll post another update tomorrow.
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Thank you for the update, Leah.
I'm praying for the best possible outcome.
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I am so sorry Coconut is sick.. hoping for the best for you and Coconut!
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Thank you, everyone! Coconut is still at the vet's, but doing much, much better. They are keeping him for one more day just to make sure he continues to do well without supplemental oxygen. He has improved so much so quickly that they are rethinking the likely cause (which might remain a mystery). I will be relieved to have him back home--I hope tomorrow.

When I went to see him on Sunday, he looked so much better than he had the night before; I was so relieved. I didn't take him out of his oxygen-supplemented cage, but I was chit-chatting with him when the vet assistant who had administered his morning medicine came over. He leaped to the back of his cage. Her: "Yup, he remembers me from this morning."
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That's good news, I know how difficult it is when you have to leave them at the vet and what a relief it is to see them doing better. Hope things continue to improve.
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Hope Coconut continues to recover and is soon back home with the rest of the flock!
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