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Old 08-19-2016, 09:40 PM
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I have been thinking about what I wanted to write all day today. And now that I have the chance to, I've realized I can not articulate exactly what I want to say without going on several tangents. So if this goes on, please forgive me.

As many of you know, my babygirl ,Starla, passed away from cancer almost a year ago. (It will be a year in September) and about 4 months after that, my beloved Danny deteriorated very quickly and died of cancer before we had a chance to understand what was going on, much less, say goodbye.

For awhile, It's just been Paulie (8) and Aqua (6). They have grown to be very close and somewhat distant from me, which is understandable, they were mourning. Now, I am being faced with the same situation that my last two babies had: Cancer. Now, it hasn't been confirmed by a vet, but I felt it at the pit of my stomach when I touched the underside of Paulie's belly and felt a bump in the same exact spot as Starla. At first, I didn't think much of it, since Paulie has always been fluffier than the rest, It didn't--....who am I kidding. I didn't want to accept that this nightmare, this plague would ail my Paulie as well.

As the days progressed I noticed the same behaviors that Starla exhibited: the constant scratching with her feet and preening of her lower belly, the fluffed up appearance, the weird head movements that made it look like she had something stuck in her throat, and lastly, the big bump on her underside. It's been hard to see her, so unaware of what's going on, she just knows that there's a bump on her belly that is bothering her. Because other than this, she is hopping around and eating/drinking like normal. But as many bird owners know, they hide their illness until it's too late. And I think it's this fact that makes it so hard for me to accept that my little yellow bird, my Paulina, will be fading away little by little.

I'm sorry, I don't mean to be grim, but it's reality. For now I'm trying to not think about it, at least until she goes to the vet on Monday. For now I will love her as I always have, and spoil her and Aqua. *sigh*...I hate this part, so, so much. How is it possible that these creatures, although we do not share the same language, can make their homes so deep in our heart and soul?

In the midst of this, I made a startling observation, that might help you guys, or any other bird owners:

On Christmas Eve 2014, I found Starla at the bottom of her cage, puffed up, falling over and cold. I immediately took her out, held her and within a matter of minutes, she shot up, and flew around my room. She was acting normal again. So as concerned as I was, I let it slip to the back of my mind.
3 months later, she developed an Upper Respiratory Illness. I took her to the vet, he gave her antibiotics and within a week she was better again...until she wasn't. 2 months later I noticed the bump because she kept scratching at it, (If you want to know an in depth version of what happened, I made a post last year about her, it's titled "I'd Never Thought I'd Be Writing This") and a month and a half later, I lost her.

3 months later, same thing, Danny suddenly collapsed in his cage. We brought him out, and held him, certain that he would pass away that night. Miraculously, he came out of it within a few min. He wasn't his complete self, but he was okay. About a month later he started getting a VERY bad Respiratory illness, and his right leg stopped working. I took him to the vet and he suggested we leave him there to start antibiotics, a day later he passed away. Alone, in the vet's office.

2 months later, Paulie collapsed, and, you've heard this part before...Now I am stuck in the present, and the best I can do is make the most of it. I hope that the observations I gave you, dear reader, might help you someday. To catch whatever this is on time, and [I]maybe, just maybe save your baby, or at least buy more time.

Another thing, if you haven't already, CONVERT YOUR BUDGIES TO A PELLET DIET. Regular seeds are like junk food, this is something I just learned. There are awesome posts on here about what to feed your budgie and safe fruits/veggies for them. If you haven't already, go check it out.

And lastly, I want to thank you, the Talk Budgie community. I signed up for this website 8 years ago, and I'm so glad I did. It's because of the good people here, and the wonderful topics on here that gave me the knowledge to raise and take care of my babies for 8 beautiful years.Thank you.

& Thank you for taking the time to read this.

(In Photo from left to right: Aqua, Danny, Starla, & Paulie)
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Old 08-20-2016, 02:26 AM
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I am truly sorry you and your babies are experiencing such trying and scary times.
Firstly no matter how long or short the amount of time we share with out birds it is never enough for us. The greatest and hardest gift we can do as carers and owners is make the decision of Euthanasia for our birds if the need arises.
Please don't think automatically your Paulie has Cancer, I too had a budgie with a huge lump after veterinary consultation it was deemed to be a fatty tumour which was removed. My Blue is alive and well still to this day. he exhibited the same symptoms you describe.
He got to the point of not being able to fly properly because of the lump.
Also some tumours can be treated with dandelion root and other homeopathic cures with good results. Sending healing thoughts and hugs for you.
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Alex,

I'm so very sorry you are going through this.

I do want to suggest that you not give up hope just yet.
As strange as it may sound, there is an alternative treatment that may help little Paulie. Please take the time to read this article:

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-holi...lp-tumors.html

You can also read about the success one of our members has had in treating her budgie using Knotgrass:

https://talkbudgies.com/training-jour...ng-thread.html

My very best wishes and prayers for you, Paulie and Aqua.

Please be sure to update us on Paulie's conditions.
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I'm so sorry for your losses of Starla and Danny and I'm sorry for what you are going through right now with Paulie.
Thank you for sharing your observations and your warnings.
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Thank you guys for your kind words and responses , I am trying not to jump to conclusions but it's hard. However I still have high hopes, budgies are very resilient and strong birds! I am so glad to hear that your Blue is alive and well.
& Faerybee, I will look up those links, thank you.
thank you justmoira, It means alot to me. <3

So far, Paulie has been stable, she is doing everything like normal. However, I am noticing some clicking in her breath from time to time, as well as some sneezing. I hope it's not a bad respiratory issue. We will find out from the vet on Monday. I will upload some videos and pictures of her in a bit. I will keep you guys updated!
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Alex, best of luck at the vets on Monday. I will keep you in my thoughts and hope that the outcome is what we all are hoping for.
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Good luck at the vets Monday. I'm really sorry for the loss of Starla and Danny.
I hope the vet can help Paulie.
Knotgrass is really helped Banana. It's a supplement that he will always have.
Some health food stores carry knotgrass.
This where I order knotgrass from.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Alex, I'm very sorry to hear of the problems you have experienced with your flock which led to the passing of Danny and Starla! I hope that the vet visit goes well and you're able to find treatment for little Paulie

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Hey guys, so I took Paulie to the vet & the doctor said it doesn't look too good. He said it could be fluid from liver failure, an impacted egg, or a Kidney Tumor. If it turns out to be an egg then surgery will be required. ($800) and if its one of the other two then he said there isn't much he can do. He basically just said to put her down...right now I'm having him give her x-rays to determine what it might be. Then I can make my decision. I can't believe this is happening all over again.
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I'm so sorry, I was hoping for better news for you today.
Hopefully the x-ray will be helpful.
You and Paulie are in my thoughts and prayers.
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