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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 02-05-2016, 10:25 AM
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Default Budgie with feet problems after antibiotics?

Hello, so my 3 year old budgie suddenly got sick one day (no signs of disease prior to that day, no tail bobbing, no abnormal sleeping patterns, etc), and was laying in the bottom of her cage.

We rushed her to the vet and they put her on antibiotic shots and vitamin shots as well. She was in the vet for at least 2 weeks.

Now, with some signs of improvement, we brought her home, but we noticed her feet were a bit reddish and dark. We dismissed it as being some sort of soreness from them holding her every day for the antibiotic shot.

Anyways today I noticed the center of her feet is still pink and normal looking, but the "fingers" are all dark and she won't close her feet and can't grasp anything. She also keeps biting her feet and got herself a sore in one side.

Here's a few pictures of her feet: Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

I'm not sure if the joint (or center) of her feet are swollen, because the "fingers" seem to be kind of shriveled and "deflated". The center seems to be normally colored, though.

The vet is supposedly a bird expert but what they did barely helped my budgie, and when we told the vet a few days back that the budgie's feet were a bit red they dismissed as being "probably something to do with the antibiotic or something".

I'm probably taking her back to the vet today, but don't know what to expect. I asked (without any suggestion from the vet) to have the budgie's droppings analyzed and the results said she had some bacteria which the doctor said the antibiotic she was giving my budgie were directed to as well.

I don't want my budgie to lose her feet, or worse. Anyone had anything similar?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-05-2016, 10:59 AM
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Unfortunately, to me it sounds that the "bird expert" was really not much of an expert. An avian vet would be sure to test for all illnesses, know exactly what symptoms were caused by what, and be able to be specific and precise with their diagnostics and information.

I'm so sorry your little girl is suffering so much, she really doesn't seem to be in good condition and if her feet are in such bad shape I shudder to think of what caused it and why the vet was unable to accurately inform you.

I would look for the closest board-certified avian vet at this time and at least get a second opinion. It's not fair for either you or your darling girl to be subjected to such trials simply because of incompetence.

I'm sorry you have to go through this! If her feet are very sore, you might try sprinkling a small amount of turmeric powder in over her seed and soaking her feet in room-temperature chamomile tea. Both help with inflammation.

Keep an eye on her appetite meanwhile and make sure she's eating and drinking. I would put her perches low in the cage and maybe wrap them with something soft so her feet don't get worse.

Wishing you both all the best and I'll keep you in my prayers

Please keep us posted on the situation and I hope she's able to get the care she needs.
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I'm so very sorry your poor little budgie is going through this.

It may well be that the reason you initially found her on the bottom of the cage was because she had suffered a stroke or seizure.

A stroke could have affected the nerves and blood flow into her legs and feet.
Unfortunately, it appears the tissue of the toes is dying.
Since she can't grip, the nerves/tendons in her feet and legs have been affected.

I will do some additional research to see if I can locate resources that may help with regard to your little girl's condition.

I would strongly suggest you find a certified Avian Vet if at all possible.
From what you've indicated, it doesn't sound as though the vet you saw isn't
necessarily the best qualified individual to be treating your budgie.
I know you thought you were getting her the help she needed and this must be extremely disappointing and frustrating for you.

At this time, your budgie's condition is very serious and she may well end up losing her feet and legs without professional intervention by someone who is well versed in treating small birds.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma. This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to a certified Avian Vet.

When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment. This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recover than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

I wish you all the best and am praying you find someone that will be able to provide your sweet budgie with the help and care she needs.

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