Hello all and greetings from Calgary, Canada
Need some advice regarding our poor poor budgie, lemonade.
The poor little girl seems to have been hit by a double wammy and I'm not really sure how best to proceed.
Oh the clarity of hindsight.....
Couple weeks back we noticed she was getting a bit lethargic and a bit moody. She was starting to molt and this was normal behavior during a molt based on what she's been like in the past.
However, on Thursday of last week we heard her having some trouble getting around her cage. We turned around (watching TV at the time) and saw she was standing on one foot. Again, perfectly normal. However, we noticed she was putting no weight on that foot. She couldn't turn around and not climbing around her cage. No idea what happened to her. 5 mins before she was sitting on the arm rest of our couch beside me.
We observed overnight and next day, same thing. No weight on that foot. We found an Avian vet and took her in. He felt the leg up and down and couldn't find any obvious signs of a break but did advise us she was really underweight! That surprised us as she has a pretty good appetite. We also brought in a piece of paper towel that we put under her window perch as we noticed it had turned a bit green and runny.
So on top of a hurt foot, he told us she is likely having some form of liver issue. We started to think back and realized she had green poops for probably a few weeks but we assumed that was because she was finally eating some vegetables.
Vet prescribed antibiotics and milk thistle to be administered via syringe. Never once have we grabbed her by hand so doing that and trying to get this syringe into her mouth is just a terrible experience. She hates it and is mad at us after. Bit of me dies each time we do it. You spend so much time building trust only to shatter it within a few days of trying to get her better.
So fast forward to today and her foot is no better. Not one bit. Her pooping is getting worse I think but she does seem a bit more energetic. She even chirped at us when we got up this morning which almost brought a tear to my eye.
So I realize that no no one here can tell me how this is going to turn out but rather, need a sounding board. To make things even worse, we are getting a new roof next week that is going to be loud and next weekend, we leave for a 1 week trip. All of this timing could not be worse. We normally bring her back to her Aunt for trips which she seems to have no issue with but don't want to saddle her with this situation.
I think I know what needs to be done, I'm just wondering if you think that maybe that's throwing in the towel a bit early? Has anyone had a situation like this where the bird made a full recovery?
Thanks for reading!