Follow-up CenterThreads 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. Thread Description:My Baby's in Dire Straits
My boy, Deion, is on his way out of this plane of existence.
Besides being totally freaked out about it, I am wondering what happened.
I notice he has lost total use of his right foot/talons.
Did he or could he have had a stroke?
Yes, budgies can have strokes.
You need to take Deion to a vet.
He is most probably in pain and suffering.
If that is the case, he needs to be helped to move on humanely and painlessly in his journey if the vet indicates treatment is not an option.
Please take him to an avian vet. The loss of use of this foot can have causes other than a stroke. There could be internal pressure on the nerve also, sometimes caused by a tumor, the vet should be able to determine the cause and appropriate course of action.
Yes budgies can have strokes. Does he lean to one side and has he stopped chirping or is it quiet? Or it that he is just not putting his foot down. As the others have said get him to a vet. I lost Bubble to a stroke its very sad when it happens. Keep us posted .
I haven't heard his jubilant little chirp for three days now. I tried giving water with an eye dropper earlier today. I've never heard him make those sounds before. It's obvious he wants to live, but isn't going to. I've done everything I can to provide heat and warmth. There is a dearth of avian specialists where I live. The vets are still all back in the Dark Ages where there are only dogs and cats and animals such as rabbits and budgies are considered "exotic". The last time I took a budgie to a vet that was able to treat her (Samantha, Deion's bonded partner) they killed her trying to take blood, and then charged me $400.00 for treatment.
Please do not judge. Sam and Dei were rescues...I've done the best I could by them. They have gotten all the care and attention I could muster.
Right now, I want Deion to pass on in peace to RB until I can meet him there.
I love him so much....
Deion is still hanging in there...still quiet. The vet send us home with prednisone. She said budgies like Deion, who have a mutant mixture of colors, tend to get tumors more readily than those whose color mixture is more normal. She pointed out that Dee's leg had a blister where his foot touches down, and may well he have some kind of tumor putting pressure on that leg and foot. She didn't think he had a stroke. He's still eating and drinking...but not enough, I think. We have the cage set up so he can stay close to the bottom and not risk falling from a perch.
He's such a beautiful spirit. I hope he recovers; I love him so much.
If Deion has a blister on the bottom of his foot, he probably has bumblefoot in addition to any other problems he's having.
I take it from your post that you have not seen a vet with Deion - is that correct?
Are you doing anything at this point to relieve the pain from his foot? You can soak his foot in room temperature chamomile tea, or you can mix epsom salts with water and do a foot soak for him in that. Either will help with the inflammation. Make sure he has perches of varying diameters (not dowel rods) and at least one soft perch and one platform perch to rest on.
I'm moving your thread over to the "Follow-Up" section of the forum.