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Hi all. So i took my bird to the vet 2 weeks ago for this, they said nothing they can do and to wait it out. they said it doesn't feel like and egg, and i agree. it's squishy, it feels like fluid. I need to clean her vent all day because her poo gets stuck on it. i feel like crap. no avian vets around here that i can afford, not even close. what do i do?
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.
If you can't afford to take your budgie to the vet, ask for a payment plan, use a credit card or borrow the funds from a family member or friend.
Additionally, please be sure you set up an "emergency fund" so you don't have financial issues when it comes to getting veterinary care for your pets in the future.
Make sure you are keeping your budgie warm.
You can offer her a bath of warm water to bath in - perhaps she will do so.
Did the vet suggest you very gently massage the vent area with mineral oil?
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I don't think the vet deals with small birds often. And this bird was passed onto me from a family member that couldn't keep her for serious reasons. I don't have any extra money, or friends to borrow money from. She's been like this a couple of weeks. Her tail bobs when she breathes, and sometimes makes squeaking noises when she breathes.
I simply do not have any means to take her to a vet besides the one I went to.
The vet only recommended a diet change to Harrison's High Potency since she's been on seeds since the person who gave her to me bought her.
BTW this picture is right before I cleaned her vent for her, probably should have taken it afterwards
Owning a pet means taking responsibility for all of its care including medical attention any time it is ill or injured.
The animal is completely dependent on you for all of its needs, its health and its well being.
Call the vet you took the bird to and discuss the matter with him/her over the phone.
Does the vet think the bird has a tumor? If so, then that needs to be made clear to you.
There are supplements you can offer if the problem is a tumor and not egg binding.
If the vet "doesn't know" what the problem is and does not believe the bird is egg bound then ask he/she consult with an Avian Vet to get a more complete diagnosis. You are going to need to be motivated to work closely with your vet to understand what the situation is in order to help this budgie.
We are not professional Avian Vets and can only offer so much advice dependent on the completeness of the information given.
By the way, holding the budgie in the manner in which you are in the pictures posted is sure to stress the poor bird out completely which it does not need or deserve in its current condition.
I'm extremely concerned about your budgie and want only what is best for it.
Please do everything you can to gather as much information from the vet you saw as possible and make it known to the vet that the bird is suffering.
Took her to the vet today in the morning, called them last night and their most experienced vet with birds is there in the mornings.
He said it's not a bound egg for sure, and based on her age (7) he said it's pretty common for parakeets (especially ones from bad pet stores like the one she came from with inexperienced staff and bad nutrition) to get an abdominal tumor, so he's almost positive that's what it is. He said they can't totally confirm it because they won't be able to do xrays or anything. But he suggested taking today to seriously think about euthanasia.
I love this bird. I don't want to seem like I just care about money and I don't care for her, I really really do care for her. This is breaking my heart.
What is the quality of your budgie's life at this point in time?
Is she in pain?
Does she seem to be suffering?
If so, then as difficult as it is, the best decision you could make would be to allow the vet to help her move on in her journey to the Rainbow Bridge.
I certainly know how hard it is -- I've had to let many of my beloved pets go over the years.
However, I truly believe it is the greatest act of selfless love one can give.
When a pet has reached the point where it is in constant pain and the quality of life is never going to improve, it is cruel to allow it to continue to suffer.
If you'd like, feel free to send me a Private Message and we can communicate more without our conversations being part of the public forum.
Although I personally believe it is too late for your budgie, if you truly want to "try everything" before giving up, then start your budgie on Dandelion Root, Milk Thistle and Knotgrass as supplements to her diet.
You can purchase all of these products through Amazon.
I'm praying for you to have strength to get through this very difficult time.
She doesn't seem to enjoy life nearly as much. Before this, she would be singing all day. Now she barely makes a sound unless I'm interacting with her. If I'm not near her, she sits there puffed up in same spot on her perch making those sad squeaking noises when she breathes, I'm guessing from the growth pushing against her air sacs. Not to mention the dirty vent issue. She eats fine and everything, but she's having more trouble getting around now.
I've decided I'm going to bring her in tomorrow morning to say goodbye, I'm staying by her side until then. Words can't describe what I'm feeling right now. Thank you for offering advice and your kindness, I truly appreciate it.