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Anyone able to read this I would like to say I'm new to this, so basically my bird called James when he was flying got caught on the curtain, then somehow managed to escape, since he must have been frightened I have a theory in which case he bumped his head and has an internal injury, first few days it was terrible , he couldn't climb and hold onto the perch and I was on the verge to book an appointment, but eventually he started getting better....
After that he began to feel ill again in which he would tilt himself to the right and appears to be off balance, as soon as I suspected the same I called an animal clinic and got an appointment straight away, the vet told us it would get better and his leg wasn't broken or hurt as it seemed like it was numb and couldn't hold on tightly, later on the vet injected James with a medicine that would cure any internal brain problems and ensured that we would leave him to sleep in peace, however I am not fully guaranteed James will cure himself after a week or so because I have done my research and apparently it could be due to an ear infection the reason may being that the symptoms are similar which James has if so he must be taking antibiotics.
Wow this paragraph is long sorry guys, please help me asap I am really desperately looking for a reasonable answer otherwise it will soon be late, thanks for reading I would be looking forward from hearing from you guys!!
Hi, I'm sorry to hear about what little James has been through, it can't be nice for either of you.
It seems you are doing your best for him and I hope you get the help you need. I'm afraid I can't offer much advice but I know that you will get some great advice soon from more experienced budgie owners.
I would say though in the mean time that if you are still worried about him,and it seems that you have reason to be then please contact and take james to either a different avian vet or back to the same one if you are satisfied with him/her.
You know James best and it seems you are still worried, please keep us updated X
I'm sorry your budgie hasn't been feeling well.
Did you really see James hitting the head while flying frantically or when trying to untangle himself from the curtain?
When a pet bird shows the first signs of possible head trauma/neurological damage, this calls for an emergency appointment at the avian vet specialist.
By not giving immediate care, the chances for the damage to be reversed are slimmer and this will impact the recovery.
When the motor skills are affected by head trauma or by a stroke, the recovery process can vary depending on the severity of the case.
One week is too soon for a bird to be fully recovered. An ongoing treatment is needed in conjunction with physical therapy to promote mobility.
If you are doubting the initial diagnosis by the vet, it might be a good idea to go for a second opinion and to have James examined by another avian vet specialist.
I hope your James' condition improves soon.
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Last edited by aluz; 05-04-2016 at 04:53 PM.
Reason: Fixing grammar
I'm very sorry to hear little James has suffered a head injury and seems to have resultant neurological problems.
I agree with aluz with regard to the importance of getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan promptly from a qualified Avian Vet.
I have a few questions as the answers will help us give you better advice.
1. Are you located currently in London or in Eucuador?
2. Was the vet you saw an Avian Vet or a regular vet?
3. I've never heard of any drug that will "cure" a brain injury -- can you please provide the name of the medication that was administered?
4. How is James acting now, is he still tilting to one side?
5. Is James able to use his leg normally yet?
6. Does he walk in circles with his head tilted sideways or upward toward the ceiling?
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 an 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 recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
Thanks cheesynibbler he still seems to be off balance tilting to the right, the avian vet did say I must wait a week or more to see if he gets better because the problem isn't severe
again thanks soo much, I really appreciate your concern
Faerybee thanks a lot, I am located in London, the vet I saw was an Avian vet, sorry about the confusion with drug I mean steroids was give to reduce any swellings in the brain that can cause further illnesses or diseases, James well is still tilting to the right and seems as if he can't keep balance, his left leg is not broken although he can't grip his perch properly due to the reason of the head trauma that doesn't allow him to coordinate with his body, yes he does walk with his head tilted sideways to the right.
I will try to see a second opinion if he appears to be making no progress in recovering, thank you so much, i am so grateful for your advice and especially the rest!