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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 01-28-2018, 02:28 AM
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Nemo escaped 2 days ago when I was cleaning her cage. Funtunately she has been found. She is home again however she has a sore wing, she is fluffed, very hungry and thirsty and has some peck marks on her face. It is Sun where I am so only an emergency vet is open atm and It is a 40min car drive away. Her proper avian vet will be open in the morning.

Should I take her into the emergency vet now? I'm don't want to stress her with a car trip but I've heard that sometimes birds can die shortly after being saved from shock or something (?). She'd have to stay over night. I dont want to leave without her but will a general emergency vet be beneficial?

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Hi Sharday

Keep her warm, relaxed and offer millet spray soaked in guardian angel.

I feel that the main benefit of seeing an emergency vet is that she could start a course of antibiotics a day earlier; though if she’s eating and drinking well then personally I think I’d be inclined to keep her in her familiar environment and wait until Monday morning.
Best of luck. I hope she pulls through and recovers from her ordeal.

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I agree with Leah given the fact that Nemo is eating, drinking well.
I would take her in to your Avian Vet first thing on Monday morning.

I wish Nemo a full and speedy recovery and will be looking forward to your update after her vet appointment.
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Thank you for your replies! In the end I didn't see the posts so I made the decision to drive to the emergency vet after a long talk with the nurse there and she consulted with a vet who is familiar (but not a specialist) with birds. Nemo seemed like she was in pain and her poor little face had been pecked at. So I took her in. She wasn't as bad as they thought she was (over the phone). So they gave her some fluid and pain medication and had a very quick look at her wing which they suspect might have a small break in it. I was allowed to bring her back home afterwards as she was stable and eating/drinking.

This morning she is slightly more lively and is eating ravenously and drinking too . I'll be taking her into her regular vet later this morning for a specialist check over and we'll discuss xrays. Im scared of anaesthetising her for the xray but if it helps then obviously I'll do it. I just hope it is not a severe break that will require surgery as again the complications that could pose for a little bird.

I am just so happy she made it at all! I'd put posts all over animal rescue sites, vets, facebook, community centers where I live both physical and online. And it worked! she was found 4km (2.485 miles?) away next to a highschool. A man found her in his backyard and called a friend who lived nearby and she had seen my Facebook posts! So they brought her back to me. Poor Nemo didn't deserve to have any of this happen, I actually thought she probably died because the last I saw of her was her being chased away by Miner birds . But she's home. She's actually home. And I'm going to make sure all her injuries are treated and I'm going to pamper her to pieces. She is such a strong little trooper to survive out there
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Sharday,

You were so fortunate Nemo was found and returned to you!
I pray her wing will not require surgery and hope she is back to 100% soon.

I'm moving your thread over to the Follow-Up section of the forum. Please be sure to update us after her Avian vet visit.

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Good & Sad news for Nemo. The vet said she had dislocated her radius. It was bent at an odd angle. It will heal but it won't heal straight so she will no longer be able to fly well anymore. The only way for it to heal straight is if a pin was put in but the complications for surgery outweigh the benefit of flying normally. She will likely still beable to fly it just won't be as strong and may have a lilt. BUT. It will heal and the pain and anti-inflammatory meds will keep her from being in pain. And she is happy atm. It's sad, my heart hurts but it very easily could have been worse. I mean yesterday morning I was certain she wasn't alive at all.

I'm picking her up tomorrow at 5pm. They'll show me how to give her her medicine etc. She's on antibiotics and pain/inflammatory meds and has been wormed. So I can't wait until I can get her home and safe again.

I'm so proud of her. She is a strong girl. She went out into an unknown and terrifying battle-field-like world where it is run-for-your-life or be killed and she was the smallest bird out there. She got battle wounds from aggressive birds more than 3 times her size, she was anaesthetised and handled by humans and bandaged up and here she is like: "Just want food!!" . I love her .

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Hi Sharday & Nemo

It’s good to hear that her injuries are manageable.
I’m sure she’ll adapt to life with the wonky wing and be happy. - In the meantime, as she recovers, strategic perch placements will help her negotiate her way around the cage a little easier.

She certainly is a plucky little girl to have survived that sudden change in circumstances.
Accidents happen, none of us are infallible but your great efforts to locate her thankfully paid off, and your endeavours in seeking veterinary help for her injuries, show what a lovely budgie mum you are.
Wishing her a speedy recovery.

On another note, the parallel with ‘Finding Nemo’ is a bit too bizarre - right down to his weak fin!
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Julia has summed up my own thoughts better than I ever could!
I'll just tack on -- "What SHE said."

Best wishes to you and Nemo, I'm so glad this story has a happy ending.
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Thank you everyone

Just updating that Nemo's wing was bandaged and had been for 10 days. I was meant to bring her back after 12 days so they could assess how her wing was healing and remove or replace the bandage depending on what was needed. However Nemo, on the 10th day, decided to pull off the bandage so I'm booked in to see the vet tomorrow.

Now the dilemma is that when I spoke with them over the phone they said that I can bring her in and have her x-rayed again which will involve anaesthetic and again there's always some risk involved for that or I can keep her at home for 2 weeks confined to cage rest and bring her in after that.

Reasons for getting the x-ray now is that they can properly see what the wing is like and beable to deal more precisely. If it is already healed then there's nothing further they can do. So it could be misalligned and that's just how it'll be.
However if it is not healed then they may rebandage which could lead to:
1. Nemo possibly pulling it off again which would lead to me having to bring her back all over again. More x-rays and I really don't want to keep anaesthetising her . Or.
2. If the bandage stays on I'd need to bring her back to the vet to get the bandage taken off and to x-ray yet again to ensure it's finally healed.

So I don't know if I should get her x-rayed and anaesthetised tomorrow and then possibly have to bring her back in the future for a 3rd time. I hate anaesthetising her as I'm always scared she may not wake up afterwards. It will also cost twice the money getting everything done twice (now and then possibly the future). It's already cost more than a grand and I am worried how much higher that will go. I especially don't want to do anything that is harmful or unnecessary for Nemo. If I wait the 2 weeks at home the x-ray only happens once. But it means I have no clue how her wing currently is. I'm leaning towards getting her x-rayed though I am nervous about it. She was fine last time with the anaesthetic so I'm hoping it's the same again. Though I'm going to feel awful if I have to bring her back again after tomorrow for more x-rays . The poor girl. Does anyone else have any experience with broken wings or sick budgies and multiple vet appointments?

On a more happy note: some pics:
Nemo in her little bandage:



Nemo today: Her face wounds are healed and now have little pin feathers coming in
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