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My little guy, Pippen, got stepped on today by my dog. She's elderly and quite blind do didn't see him. He was riding around on my shoulder and flew down where she stepped on his leg, possibly wing also. She weighs about 40 pounds.
Anyway, he will not put weight on that leg now. When perched on my finger he will move the toes, but no weigh on it and it feels "limp". It isn't dangling, he lifts it out of the way. Is there anything I should or can do for him? Still eating and drinking, still getting around his cage though really isn't doing much more than perching on the good foot.
Aldo, how likely is it to heal well and how long should I expect that to take? He's very young.
As your budgie was stepped on by a 40 lb dog and you suspect the leg may be broken, it is critical you get your budgie in to see an Avian Vet as quickly as possible. Realize that bird's hide pain and he's probably feeling quite a lot right now.
Ensuring the leg is in the proper position so it heals correctly must be taken care of right away.
Additionally, the vet needs to evaluate the severity and whether it may limit use of the leg in the future.
Please post an update on your budgie's condition after you've seen the vet.
Is he using his wing at all?... I'd say if he's acting perfectly normal, and you're sure it's only his foot, and there is no swelling in the foot, then he should be fine. But the first signs of swelling, you'd want to take him to a vet.
I do not have an avian vet near me. Sadly, the closest is 200 miles away. I did call my normal vet, who is mainly large animal and dogs as I'm very rural. He was no help.
His wing is fine. He does still fly, though he is clipped so can't go far or high. I saw the dog step on him and he yanked his foot and flew away, so I do not think she got the wing, but it is possible.
I will see if I can get ahold of the avian vet.
Oh, also no swelling or discoloration of the injured leg, foot, or toes.
Thank you! I will try the tea and millet treat with electrolytes. I took out his perches and toys and covered his cage bottom with a soft towel. Unfortunately that's not seeming to stop the Lil stinker as he's just climbing the cage walls, even with his cover on the cage.
He'll want to perch on them even with one foot.
Covering the bottom of the cage with a soft towel was a good idea.
As long as he's in his cage it's doubtful he'll overdo himself.
By keeping him quiet I mean not to let him out for a couple of days.
This is to give him time to rest and so you can observe the progress with regard to his leg.
Thank you all for the advice. Pippin is doing very well today. Using the leg a little so thinking it's likely sprained and not broke. I put everything back for him. He's been playing and singing like normal all day.