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I feel horrible. I startled Tweety while I was cleaning the room and she flapped around the room and fell behind the cabinet. Now she is favoring her left leg. She's acting normally otherwise - coming out of the cage, flying around, singing, etc. She won't put weight on her left leg and struggles a little with climbing and turning around.
She has an appointment at the vet tomorrow at 2:45. I'm so worried that because she's so old, if she needs any care that's especially invasive, they will want me to consider having her put down. I really don't want that when she's acting normally otherwise.
I'm just really depressed about this and feeling like it was my fault for startling her. Any advice or support is appreciated.
I think the vet will probably tape up her leg or put a tiny splint on it so it resets normally. As long as she's still eating and drinking normally it should be fine. If she's in a cage with other birds just keep a watchful eye on them to make sure she's not being bullied or pushed around. If this happens you will need to keep her in a separate cage.
Keep us posted!
If she is acting perfectly normal other than the leg, I don't see a reason why she would need to put her down. She is obviously a happy birdie with a lot of days to come. I'm sure the vet will fix that leg in no time
Sorry to hear of your budgie getting injured. It is great that you have gotten an appointment so quickly. Keep her cage covered, and keep her warm until tommorow. Hopefully it is just a sprain. Let us know how the vet visit goes. Don't blame yourself, and don't worry, I'm sure she will be fine....
He came down from Heaven unto this earth below
He came down from glory and praises untold
He came down to man fashioned in their way
He came down to rescue, He came down to save
I'm sure Tweety will be just fine after her vet appointment.
I imagine she just strained or sprained her leg and we'll be looking forward to an update on her condition when you bring her home tomorrow.
Try not to feel so bad, Tweety will pick up on your worry and this will affect her, you need to be thinking calmly and positive. The leg sounds like it could be strained , perhaps she might need some form of pain relief or anti -inflammatory meds and she will be fine. These type of accidents do happen, they are a flight responsive bird and any sudden fright, or noise can easily scare them. They also are so small and blend in it is easily done, I make a habit of calling out all the time to my guys when I walk into any room just in case they are there! Please let us know how the visit goes.
Thanks, everyone. I feel a lot better. Your kind replies as well as a phone call with my mom really helped reassure me. I just covered Tweety's cage for the night. She is still acting normal other than favoring the leg. I will post an update after we get back from the vet tomorrow.
Well, we're back from the vet. My husband came with me, which was helpful. We got a vet intern who I'd never met before, but she seemed very knowledgable. She tried to minimize the amount of time Tweety was being handled because she was concerned about her age and having a heart attack when handled for too long. But Tweety is tough and did okay (biting the tech's hand and squirming to get out).
Tweety's leg did not appear to be broken and the vet told me it's a good sign that she is still using the leg. She didn't recommend an x-ray because they would have to put her out (because of the position they would need her in to see the leg) and this is risky for an old bird. She also didn't recommend pain medicine because I would have to grab her every day to administer the medicine, which would also be stressful on an older bird.
We talked about Tweety's other ongoing issues - her breathing and her runny stools - which we have discussed with this vet office for years and we will continue to keep an eye on it. I took her home and we will leave the leg alone. I think the visit went well. The vet said Tweety is in good condition for a 12 year old budgie.