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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 09-15-2015, 07:35 PM
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I was putting a treat in Donnie's cage and for the first time ever he flew out of the cage. He landed basically on top of our cat who oddly didn't care at all. Our boxer came from seemingly out of no where and kind of jumped more at him than on him from what I could tell. He then flew off to the couch where my husband cupped him in his hands gently and put him back. There was a tail feather on the ground. I believe the dog pulled it out. No blood. He was breathing heavily but I wouldn't say any more than usual after a flight across the living room. I covered his cage half way. He seems to be holding his tail down. I'm really really worried. Is it down because he's off balance? Is he going to die of shock? It's only been about 15 minutes. Will his tail feather come back? It was one of the longest ones. There was only two that long. What should I do? The dog has been crated for the night and got in a lot of trouble. Of course it was more my fault. I shouldn't have opened the large part of the cage to put his treat in without putting the dog up first. I've gotten so comfortable with him just staying in when I open it that I never thought he would fly out. Now I'm scared he may die because of my irresponsibility. Advice please!!!

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Please take your bird to an avian vet! Even if there appear to be no injuries, dog saliva carries all manner of pathogens that can be fatal to birds. I imagine your little guy is in need of an antibiotic and a look over.

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Old 09-15-2015, 10:22 PM
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OK ,firstly you need to settle down, your stress will not help your budgie he will pick up on it and think something terrible is in the wings.
Covering his cage and letting him settle is good, sometimes budgies will drop their feathers from fright did the dog actually get the budgie in his mouth or paws?
I believe you have learned a valuable lesson here that could of had a sad ending.
Never take for granted what a bird might do!
Having a cat and a dog in the same room means the cage is securely locked and up out of harms way, never leave the cat or dog in the room without you being there.
Keep him warm , he is in shock and hopefully will be fine after a rest. if he starts to eat and settles as he normally does I think he will be ok. If the dog did actually pull out his feather monitor him, at this stage catching him and placing him in a car and then being handled will add to his stress levels. H could get runny poop from the shock, let's hope all is well.
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He started singing, eating and drinking about an hour later. He's no longer holding his tail down at all. It happened so quickly that I don't know if the dog actually pulled it out but his tail wasn't wet or anything so I guess she didn't. She was undoubtedly trying to play more than anything but she's way too big for that with Donnie. From now on, the dog, cat, and ferrets will be put up even if I'm only putting a treat in his cage. Thank god my husband was home because had it of just been me, the whole situation could have gone much differently. I'll keep an eye on him today but he seems to be his normal chirpy, playful self. Thank you for your replies. I do have a vet notified in case anything changes. The vet we use for our ferrets and Donnie is an hour away but he's on call 24/7.

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I am very happy for you and your Donnie, it is a great gift to have him happy and healthy and showing any ill effects from his ordeal.
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