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I noticed that there was a little dot of blood on one of the perches that Raz had just been rubbing against (in "that" way). I picked him up to look at him and there was some bleeding on/around his vent. I panicked and quickly called up his vet as they are open on Saturdays but not all day unfortunately. I was hoping they were open but they're closed now until Monday and they're located in the city so it's about an hour away from where I am living now.
I've been trying all the local vets in my area hoping at least 1 of them sees birds. Thankfully I happened across one that has an avian vet on staff. He's on today and tomorrow. I've been monitoring Raz particularly his droppings (white paper on the bottom of cage) and as far as I can tell there's no blood in his droppings at all and upon inspecting his vent again to see if it was still bleeding the bleeding has stopped. It's been about an hour now of monitoring and there's no bloody poops or any further bleeding on his vent.
I'm on standby to rush him to the vet today as an emergency or I can take him tomorrow just to be on the safe side but was this perhaps just a scratch on his vent? Can that happen?
Raz was rubbing himself on the perch (************) so I'm thinking that maybe while he was rubbing he chaffed or scratched himself? Or could it be something more serious despite no blood in his poop and there no longer being any bleeding? Like internal bleeding or cancer?
It sounds like you've handled the situation quite well. I would still take him to the vet just to be on the safe side, particularly since there's bleeding involved and budgies already have such little to spare.
Ah thanks about the "good sign" it calmed me down a lot lol.
And no there's no imflamation or redness. His vent looks normal so the fact that something might be wrong is hard to tell. I'm hoping the vet will beable to tell better than me. I'm also hoping it is just a scrape or something from his "rubbing" on a barky perch
Well @Cathy (Pretty Boy) it turns out he was over zealous with the perch as in the end it was just a cut across his vent probably caused by him rubbing too fervently .
They've given me some antibiotics just as a precaution since the cut is across his vent area which is where he poops so lots of bacteria around there and as such a risk of infection.
I feel really stupid now though. My boyfriend said it was dumb to pay $90 just for a budgie's scratch so now I feel moronic but on the other hand I didn't see the scratch myself (too many rump feathers) all I saw was blood on his vent and if I hadn't taken him and something had indeed happened I would be beating myself up for that as well . It's a catch 22 I guess but at least he's actually OK. In fact he got a clean bill of health and was complemented on how well he was so that's good I suppose.
This vet (a local vet I've never been to before) didn't do a crop wash and stain which I was surprised about as that's usually what happens just generally at Raz's usual avian vet but he said it's because he didn't want to stress him for no reason and he saw no reason to perform the test. Is that good or bad? Im just used to it happening whenever I take the birds in so I've never really thought about it being necessary or not .
Also snapped a pic of Raz in the waiting room at the vet .
So glad it all ended well & it was nothing serious!
Just before Christmas my dog ended up at the emergency vet, costing us around $550. Turns out he had just drunk too much water too fast & gave himself a bellyache. Expensive bellyache! But like you said, I would hate to leave him & have something happen. Better to be out of pocket & have healthy animals.
Well I definitely would of done exactly as you have and please don't feel silly. It is best to be told all is well rather than you should of come in earlier.
Razz is a stunning boy by the way. As the situation was not a health check In this instance I tend to agree with the vet's line of thought.