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I'm new to this forum and to budgie-keeping so please bear with me. Last night, my 16-month-old budgie somehow injured himself -- while all alone in his cage, which I still can't figure out. Nail torn out of one leg, with bleeding, and the other leg fractured in a bad way. Took him to the bird specialist vet first thing in the morning. Considering the type of fracture, the vet said the use of a pin isn't an option and I could either have it casted/wrapped under anaesthesia or do nothing, leaving it to heal naturally. I'm leaning toward the latter option because that's what the vet said she'd do if it were her bird, but I'm finding it very hard to decide. I have to make up my mind soon so would very much appreciate any advice from the experts here!
Surprisingly, while struggling with having only one workable leg, my is chirping away (almost as usual) and is still eating and drinking, though he must surely be in pain. The vet declined to prescribe pain relief, saying the bird might injure himself more if she did.
I'm very sorry your budgie has suffered an accident where he has fractured the bone on his leg.
In more delicate cases like this one, it's really important to have the professional opinion of a trusted avian vet specialist and if you don't feel comfortable with the choices given by this vet, it may be a good idea to go for a second opinion.
I'm not a vet and will only give my personal opinion on the matter and say that given the fracture, I believe it would be best to immobilize the area with a wrap/cast. This would keep the fractured bones in a better position (more joined together) and promote good healing. The chances for discomfort/pain would also be lower in my view. Administering medication during this time would also be part of the treatment.
If you haven't done so already, in order to keep your budgie more comfortable, you can cushion the bottom of the cage with a towel or soft cloth. Getting a couple of platform perches for the cage would be good as well so that your budgie is able to have a better rest.
I'm wishing your budgie all the best and I hope he has a steady and full recovery.
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Thanks for your kind words and informative reply, aluz. This accident was quite unexpected because he spends much time out of the cage and I've been pretty careful to avoid/prevent injuries. Never expected one while he was in the cage...though he does go bonkers whenever we have earthquakes.
I found a reputable vet, and was lucky to find one that specializes in birds, but am keen to get a second opinion. Will certainly take your suggestion to immobilize into consideration, though my wife (especially) is concerned about the risks of anesthesia. I was surprised nothing was prescribed at this stage -- for pain relief, to prevent infection or to reduce inflammation -- but I guess the vet has her reasons.
Cushioned the bottom of the cage with towel (just as you recommended) upon the vet's advice and removed the upper perches. But since he was climbing up the sides of the cage, I left the door open until bedtime and he spent most of the day on my shoulder or foot as usual. Platform perch? Good idea! In the meantime, I brought the level of the towels almost up to the level of the perch.
I'm very sorry your little budgie has suffered such an injury.
I just now saw his picture and he is as cute as he can be!
My only concern about letting the injury heal "naturally" is that it appears from the X-ray that part of the bone has been split off from the rest.
I'm assuming she did not anesthetize the budgie in order to take the X-rays? Otherwise she could have wrapped the leg at that time.
I would personally ask the Avian Vet how the splintered bone is going to affect the healing process and whether or not there is a danger of the splintered bone fragment penetrating blood vessels, muscle or doing other irreparable damage to the leg. I would think that the bone splinter must be irritating nerve endings and causing pain, but I am not trained in veterinary medicine.
It's good to hear your little fellow (name please?) is eating, and drinking normally. Putting him in a small hospital cage with low perches and ensuring it is easy for him to get around would be best.
Padding the bottom of the cage as aluz suggested is also a good practice.
I would suggest you offer the budgie room temperature chamomile tea to drink. This has both calming and anti-inflammatory properties which should help a bit with the pain.
Edit to add: Just saw your reply to aluz after typing my post.
Thanks for the tips Deborah. Yes, I worried about that sharp splintered bone when I saw the X-ray photo. Looks painful and like it could cause future trouble too.
I wasn't there when the X-ray took place but pretty sure the vet didn't anesthetize Pipi because there are various forms to fill out first when opting for that. I did express concern about the splintered bone, but didn't inquire in such detail. Maybe I'll go back tomorrow armed with those questions. I might actually drop by a couple vets tomorrow to help me decide what to do!. How risky is anesthesia, I wonder...
I have a small carry cage with a low perch that might serve as a hospital cage. Will look into your chamomile tea suggestion too. Do you mean in place of water in the dish or directly administered?
Last edited by TokyoBudgie; 01-14-2017 at 11:36 AM.
I'm very sorry to hear Pipi had this accident. I also think the best thing at this time is to get other professional opinions. That one doesn't sit well with me either. I would have thought that immobilizing the leg would be best, but then I'm not a vet. Please keep us posted about what the other vet(s) say and what you decide. Best of luck!