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