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Follow-up Center Threads made in the Emergency Room forum will be moved here by staff as a way to follow-up with members after their budgie emergency. This keeps the E.R. for only the most current emergencies.

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Old 03-02-2015, 07:33 AM
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Hi all,

I'm hoping for a bit of specific advice. I'm in Auckland New Zealand, there's only one avian vet and they're not available after hours at all, so I've gone to a regular emergency vet in the meantime.

My 2 year old Anakin was acting normally this morning and tonight when I came home.

I went to bed early this evening and woke up to a crashing noise to find that he had fallen off his perch and his neck was at an odd angle.

I thought he'd broken his neck because I couldn't see him breathe or move. I didn't want to upset my other two babies, so I went to move him from the cage and Ani let out an unhappy squawk. His head was all tilted to one side and he was very uncoordinated, but he was moving around and breathing normally and didn't appear overly distressed.

I called up all 3 of the after hours vet clinics as I was terrified and didn't want to wait until morning, and all three of them said to take him to one of the others as they had limited bird experience (which was incredibly frustrating). I eventually picked the one closest to my home and took him in in a shoe box at the bottom of their travel cage.

The vet examined him and said it probably wasn't a break or muscle spasm, it looked like an inner ear infection because he was acting drunkenly and had torticoullus (spelling??), and it was most likely bacterial. She gave me a bottle of Baytril 2.5% and told me the dosage for Anakin would probably be 0.02 of a ml by syringe based on his weight of 45g (at last check), 2x per day. The other option, she said, was a brain tumor, but because he was alert and friendly and acting intelligently, that she didn't think it was likely. She also said that she wouldnt X ray, as the machine at her clinic wasnt sensitive enough for bird bones (she has had dogs that swallowed chicken bones and the X ray often didn't pick up on them).

She also checked to see if he could feed himself and said he probably wouldn't be able to eat or drink, and would need to be syringe fed and watered through out the day.

I have taken tomorrow off work to stay home and look after him, and also to do a full bleach down of the cage, as she said it may pay to do that so my other 2 don't also get sick.

I would appreciate any advice on syringe feeding,
what to feed,
how often,
as well as water, how often and how much?

How would you recommend sterilizing the main cage?

I am going to ring the avian vet as soon as they open, but being in NZ, even the 1 'avian' vet doesn't have all that much experience with budgies (mostly bigger parrots and native birds), so I'm reaching out to you in the hopes that more experienced budgie people will have good practical advice on how to handle the situation.

Please help, Ani is my baby. I know you're not meant to have favourites, but he was my first baby and has the sweetest personality, and I need him to be well cared for and not suffer at all.

Thank you

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Old 03-02-2015, 09:38 AM
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Hi there. I'm really sorry to hear that you're going through this frustrating situation!

How did your vet diagnose that it was possibly an inner ear infection? I have seen this possibility after a quick search online, but I'm not sure what the structure of a budgie ear is.

Baytril is a good medicine for generalized bacterial infections. You will need to give it via syringe (you can give it orally). You can look up how to properly hold your budgie in order to do so, or if you don't know, we can explain it to you. Baytril tastes horrible and your budgie will try to throw it back up, so the best thing to do is to give the medicine (I think that the dosage is correct for twice daily; my Sammy took 0.02ml every 12 hours and he weighs 39-43g) and then hold your Ani for about 3 minutes to make sure the medicine makes it into the crop.

You will also want to set up Ani in a hospital cage. Put a cushion or padding under a newspaper on the cage floor in case he falls, and put his perches and water dishes down low so that he doesn't have to climb far. You can heat one side of the cage with a hot water bottle or heating pad.

Your avian vet might need to evaluate to see when he or she thinks that Ani will be able to eat. Until then, your vet can feed him liquids or formula with a crop needle, or you can try to feed him yourself. You will need hand feeding formula, a small syringe (no needle) and bottled water. Mix up the formula so that it is runny with some warm water - not too hot! Try to dribble a few drops into the left side of his beak (it's on the right side if he's facing you) and then let him swallow it. You'll want to do this with him wrapped in a towel more than likely as weaned budgies reject formula.

You can also start a weight diary, weighing him every 12 hours and noting the amount to see if he's losing weight significantly and the vet has to intervene with the feedings.

I would also bring up the possibility of a seizure with your vet. Unfortunately, there's no antibiotic for that, but it would be useful to talk to your vet about it.

Best of luck and lots of hugs to Ani!
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Sorry to hear that this has happened, I know it can be a very scary situation.
I think that if Ani is not able to eat or drink that perhaps he needs to be hospitalized where the vet can feed him and give fluids if necessary until he is stable. Did the vet you saw rule out that he may have had a stroke?
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