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Old 11-23-2017, 04:02 PM
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So my little guy hasn't been feeling well. He had a flying accident a few weeks and I took him to the vets last week and they gave me

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So my little guy hasn't been feeling well. He had a flying accident a few weeks and I took him to the vets last week and they gave me

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Sorry, one my phone. They gave me Meloxicam and he perked right up. But now his leg is swollen. He has an appointment with the vet this coming Saturday but I found blood in his cage and I don't know what to do. I called the emergency vet and they didn't feel like they need to see him, they didn't even tell me if they take birds or not. And of course his vet isn't open for the holidays. Any advise? It has since stopped bleeding but I'm concerned he's going to pick at it.

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He needs to go to the vet right away. His leg is super swollen and that's a lot of blood for a tiny budgie. See if you can find the source of the blood and apply either cornstarch or KwikStop to the area.
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You need to take him to the vet right away. That is a huge amount of blood for a budgie!

Please update us after you've seen the vet!
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Was the original vet you took your budgie to an Avian Vet?

The leg is extremely swollen and the budgie needs professional treatment.

Budgie's have very little blood and the amount shown in the pictures you posted is alarming.

If the first vet you called was not helpful, then keep please continue calling others until you find someone that can be of assistance

Please update us about his condition in this thread.

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Unfortunately the only emergency vet near me does not do Exotics. The only avian vet near me was closed due to the holidays, other avian vets are just simply too far away and most likely closed due to the holidays as well. (This happened on Thanksgiving) When I found the blood it was already dry and crusting where it was coming from his leg. I did call the emergency vet and they did not want to see him. I was also worried about the amount of blood loss, but with it already dry and no where to take him, I took the chance and waited until today to go see his avian vet. They didn't say what caused this, it could be from him over preening or an injury? He is on Baytril now and we are trying a cone to stop him from picking at his leg and feathers.

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Wishing your little boy a full and speedy recovery.

Does he have a collar on in that picture?

Are they doing anything more for his swollen leg or is the medication supposed to take care of it?
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Hi, [I] am sorry your little cutie has a wound. While you wait for the meds to work. Have you checked the cage area for any pointed metal,wood,plastic with sharp points. This can be a very tricky issue. I am assuming there are no other birds, cats,etc . Even twist ties and sharp cuttlebone can be the source.Has an ID tag been pushed up and hidden under the feathers. Just incase the vet missed anything. examine the from a to z looking for any abnormal issues on/under wings, in oil gland area. Examine all areas on his body for small lumps the size of small seeds or larger There may be a cyst from feathers being in grown. If your budgie will tolerate an exam, it can become a bonding experience. Is he eating. Have you weighed him? Place a wash cloth folded under the paper floor covering. Sand all perches and check for splinters.Keep food dishes low so he reframes from using the foot. It is OK to ask for more Meloxican to relieve pain and swelling. Feeling all areas of his body in an orderly progression can expose hidden issues. Pointed Wire on cage doors is another area to check when cage is closed with springs. We check all of our birds every few weeks, sometimes more often, when any issue
shows up, Did the vet check for parasites? Are the toe nails trimmed properly? Massaging the feet and nails with a little warm coconut oil can help circulation in the swollen leg. This may seem silly but I have seem every example above through the years of caring for a lot of birds.Checking on possibilities can help you focus on possible answers as opposed to sitting around worrying, which wastes energy. The meds can make his mask feathers Into sticky lumps of feathers. Gently dampen the feathers and separate the feathers and rinse with a product called Re-Nu, found in most pharmacies. It is excellent for removing dried food like beets or blood. It is safe around budgie eyes. Prayers for a rapid recovery.
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