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Default Update on Caesar/ Longterm Prednisone (corticosteroid) use?

Hi all,

Good and bad updates on little Caesar (who has been having leg problems for over a month).

A bit over a week ago we took Caesar back to the vet intending to finally do an x-ray since his leg wasn't getting any better and he was doing this weird tail shaking thing. The vet however convinced us not to do it, because he thought Caesar probably has a kidney tumor and that it was unlikely they'd be able to even see it at this stage.

Instead he prescribed prednisone in hopes that it would help stop the suspected tumor from growing (and maybe shrink it a bit to provide some relief to the leg).

The good news is that Caesar has been doing soooooo good! He still favors his left leg ...but his right leg seems stronger, he's moving around and playing more (partly because his new neighbor/budgie buddy/boyfriend, Sprout), and the weird tail quivering has stopped. His poops are crazy watery, but the vet says that can be from the prednisone (because he drinks a ton). Finally, his weight has been steady ... he even gained a gram.

I'm just worried about the prednisone, because longterm use can be so damaging to them. Does anyone have experience with this medication for a budgie?

I suspect our vet thought he didn't have long to live so giving it to him was worth the risk... but now that he is doing soooo well, I'm skeptical of the tumor diagnosis in the first place. I can't find anything online specifically on how long people's birds have taken prednisone for.

Any advice you can offer is helpful. To lighten up my normally depressing posts, I attached some cute pictures of Caesar with his new best friend Sprout. They were instantly smitten with each other
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Good to hear that he is doing well. The pictures of the boys together are really cute, Sprout looks to be so big for his age, is he or does it just look that way in the picture? I have no direct experience with Prednisone in birds but I know that it is immunosuppressive and can cause GI issues. I'll be seeing Dr. S your prior vet Saturday, I'll ask him about its use in birds, if I remember.
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Haha, not just the image, Sprout is HUGE (~37 grams last I checked). He does eat a lot... but I'm hoping he just has a big frame. (Caesar is also just a bit runty/short so the comparison makes Sprout look big).

Asking Doctor Sakas would be amazing. Omg I miss Niles so much. They are truly the best avian vets.

I've heard the same stuff about the GI tract and immune system, I'm deeply worried that the vet's diagnosis is somehow wrong and that instead of a tumor its something way less serious so the medicine will do more harm than good.

(I can't argue with the fact that it seems to be helping him a great deal though).
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I know you had him on Metacam for a time, did it help, one of my birds that had a tumor was on it for 2 years with no ill effects, and I currently have another on a low daily dose .01ml of a strength of .5mg/ml so far no ill effects. I'm sure that sometimes it is a balancing act of relieving discomfort vs. side effects.
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The metacam didn't seem to be doing much (though his poops on metcam were totally normal, on prednisone they're a mess).

His time on medicam was pre-Sprout (he was in quarantine still), so we aren't sure how much of his great recovery is him just being overjoyed to have a bird friend again.
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