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Emergency Room Medical Emergencies Only. Advice given here is NOT a substitute for veterinary care and is intended only for initial guidance until you can contact a Avian Veterinarian for treatment

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Old 11-10-2019, 12:56 PM
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Hi all. Wondering if anyone can offer some light on the struggle our little Berry has been experiencing this week. We have two budgies. An older male named Berry, and a young female named Baby. Wednesday Berry seemed to be coming down with something. He was puffed up and lethargic, sleeping a lot, but still eating. The vet gave him enrofloxacin. We kept him warm and administered the antibiotic weds and Thursday. He seemed to be turning a corner. No longer puffy, eating well, energy back. Friday evening I went to cover our budgies for bedtime and found blood everywhere. All over the perches and floor. But both birds seemed fine. It was late and there are no avian vets here at that time. So we cleaned up the cage and watched them. Since the initial episode we only encountered one more drop of blood. Both birds are acting normal, happy, high energy, eating, poop looks fine. I can’t figure out what happened? While cleaning the cage we found one long tail feather of Baby’s, that seemed to have a lot of blood on the end. But I can’t tell if it came from the feather, or dropped onto the feather. The only other clue that I have is that Berry’s vent is brown like dried blood. What do you think happened? What would you do?

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It could be from a broken blood feather, did the tail feather you found look like it broke off or did it look like a full molted out feather? A growing feather has a blood source and if it is broken before it is fully grown out there can be bleeding and if the bleeding is not stopped it could prove to be fatal. If a bird is bleeding it is very important to stop the bleeding, they don't have too much blood so they cannot afford to lose much. Have you ever seen your birds fight, if so you need to separate them. In the picture you posted I don't see the brown you are referring to in the vent area but if I saw staining in the vent area I would be going to the vet. There are GI issues that could cause bleeding and if that is what the issue is it should be addressed by the vet asap. The enrofloxacin is a broad spectrum antibiotic, did the vet do any tests prior to prescribing it?
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Cody has given you excellent advice and I agree completely.
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Hi, and thank you for the advice. After careful inspection we do not believe the blood came from a blood feather. The puffiness and lethargy for two days prior, coupled with the blood, dirty vent, and some black straight poop lead us to believe that the bleeding came from an internal source. We are thinking that he was constipated or passing something and it injured him. The bleeding was an isolated incident on friday evening and hasn't happened since. He seems to be back to normal now. I cannot believe the amount of blood he lost and that he recovered from it. He was given a physical and xray and prescribed antibiotics.
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Even though he seems back to normal I would let the vet know about the incident. With bleeding from the upper part of the GI tract the blood will be digested and will appear as black in the droppings , whereas bleeding from the lower GI tract will be red. As you indicated, it is possible that he ingested something that damaged him internally producing what you saw. Are you still giving the antibiotic?
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Even though he seems back to normal I would let the vet know about the incident. With bleeding from the upper part of the GI tract the blood will be digested and will appear as black in the droppings , whereas bleeding from the lower GI tract will be red. As you indicated, it is possible that he ingested something that damaged him internally producing what you saw. Are you still giving the antibiotic?
Yes we are still giving the antibiotic. Would you say this looks like blood digested from the upper GI? These are his droppings from Saturday, the day after we found the blood. They have since returned to their normal state.
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I would be more concerned by the shape of them. In a primarily seed eater the droppings are usually blackish with a white urate, if more pellets than seeds are eaten the droppings can take on a brownish cast or even the color of the pellets. When you say they have returned to their normal state do you mean they have returned to the normal coiled shape or are you referring to color?
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The droppings have returned to a coiled shape with the white in the Center and brown around. My budgies eat an even balance of seed mixture, pellets, vegetables twice a day, and fruit a few times a week.
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I would still notify the vet of the incident. You want the vet to be aware of all physical changes in your budgie when it is on medication.
If something else happens to occur now, it is very important the vet has all of the information in order to make an educated diagnosis.
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