My budgie got diagnosed with a fatty liver today. I've had her for around 9 years, got her when I was a wee little kid and I love her dearly.
She's been prescribed 3 different liquid medications: hepato support, metronidazole, and enrofloxacin. I only have to give her 0.02 ml of each, but for 14 days.
My little girl is untamed and is extremely fearful of hands. How do I give her the medication when I can barely grab her? I can only mix in the hepato support with food, which I've squirted onto some millet spray, but even then she's avoiding it. But the other two meds have to be administered directly.
I usually can let her out of the cage to fly around, and when she gets tired I'm able to grab her, but it's so much stress, especially when two of the meds have to be administered twice a day. I really don't want to be putting her through that. Is there any way to avoid this and give her the medication another way?
She usually likes to lick water droplets off any vegetables I give her, but I've heard the medicines taste pretty bad for them, so I'm guessing she'd just spit it out if it was on broccoli or something.
Also, has anyone had success stories with those meds? It's the first time I've gone to that particular vet
I care deeply for my birds, but my parents made me feel so bad for spending that much money at the vet. I had to do a lot of convincing to even get them to drive me there. It was a total of around $350. Just some kind words would be helpful too. It's been a very, very stressful week.
Don't feel bad about the money you spent at the vet, anyone that has any type of pet has a responsibility to that pet to provide medical attention when required, you did the right thing, thank you. I have had several birds with fatty liver and given many meds so I will share with you what I have done, my birds are not hand tame either. Giving the meds directly into the mouth is better because then you know exactly how much is being ingested. I give the meds before sunrise and at night if the meds require twice a day doses. When I do this the room is pretty dark with just a night light on, fill the syringes with the required amount of meds right before you want to administer. Working with just the night light I quietly pull back the cover on the cage open the cage door, slowly reach in and cup my hands around the bird and remove from the cage, give the meds and put the bird back in the cage in the same spot the bird was in when I took it out and cover the cage again. I find that doing this in very low light and before all the birds are awake and chirping helps things go more calmly. I do the same thing at night, after I cover the birds for nightime and turn off the lights, I come back in about 30 minutes and remove the bird and give the meds. Move slowly and quietly and try not to be nervous, after you do it a few times it gets easier I have been able to medicate even the birds of mine that I consider the most hand shy using this method. I never grab the birds after they are awake and lights are on, it only serves to make me and them upset as no bird likes to be grabbed.
Thanks Cody. That's really helpful. Did you use your bare hands or did you have gloves/a towel? I usually have to towel my budgie to clip her nails but not often, so she isn't used to the towel either.
I use bare hands, however I have one hen that bites really hard so if I have to medicate her, I remove her from the cage with bare hands then immediately hold her in a piece of flannel that I have folded in half to save my fingers.
I'm so glad you are a responsible pet owner and took your little budgie to the vet.
Although the amount of money you had to spend may seem like a lot, you are doing the right thing by getting her the care she needs.
We accept the responsibility of health care whenever we adopt an animal and you are definitely doing the right things for her. Thank you!