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Old 07-27-2019, 03:56 AM
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Hi everybody. My names Amanda and I have had pet budgies and cockatiels for most of my life along with a menagerie of other animals. Sadly the male and female budgies I have that are pair bonded both have tumours . They have been to an avian vet but because of where the tumours are they arent able to remove them. The female budgie Iris's tumour is more advanced than the male Bertie. I have been monitering them and they are fine in themselves eating, preening, chirping etc. But this week Iris has been getting a build up of droppings that are sticking to her tumour and im having to clean her bottom area and she doesnt seem to like being handled so think the tumour might be causing her discomfort. She is still eating etc .Berties tumour isnt as advanced . My dilemma is should I be thinking of euthanasia yet for Iris I dont want her to suffer but she seems okay in many ways but im so worried the affect this will have on Bertie as they are so close . Any advice greatly aporeciated . Both tumours are lower down on their body. Many thanks Amanda

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That is a very hard decision to make. If you think that your birds are still enjoying their lives and aren't showing signs of pain or discomfort then I would leave them be. But you know your birds better than anyone so only you can make that decision. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful, thats just what I would personally do in that situation. I actually had a budgie who developed a tumor on her wing. Right up to the very end she was still trying to fly, was exploring and really trying to live her life to the fullest.

It's important to keep in mind that birds are great at hiding when they aren't feeling well. Have your birds activity levels changed? Are they showing signs of lethargy? Do they show interest in their toys or other things they enjoy? Unfortunately there will most come a time where it is more humane to euthanise your birds, but it's sort of a question of when.
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Sorry for the illness of your birds, I have been in the same situation where a bonded pair both had tumors. Have either of your birds been on an anti inflammatory medicine, that can sometimes help make them more comfortable. I agree with the previous post in that as long as the birds have a reasonable quality of life then let them be, but if they stop eating and are very lethargic and if the vet cannot do anything more for them you may then want to consider euthanasia at that time. It is a very hard decision to make and in my opinion must be made by assessing the quality of life for the bird. Sometimes a tumor will produce fluid that builds up in the body cavity and the vet can withdraw that fluid and the bird will feel much better, that was the case with my female that had an ovarian tumor, she had the fluid removed numerous times and felt much better after it was removed.
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Hi Amanda,

I’m sorry to hear that your bonded pair are going through these health problems. You’ve been given some great advice in the posts above.

We have lots of current information on the site for budgie owners, and we ask that all members please read through the Site Guidelines, as well as the Stickies in each forum section. You’ll find useful and interesting information, as well as answers to questions you may have.

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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice above. I'm so sorry to hear of the problems your bonded pair is having. It's never easy to deal with these types of chronic diseases in your birds.

You've come to a great place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices. If you have any questions after having a look around the forums, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

Please keep us updated on how things are going with your birds! Have you tried offering them knotgrass? It may help them, even a little bit.

https://www.talkbudgies.com/diseases...lp-tumors.html

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