Hello fellow budgie owners, I'm new to this forum and this is my first post.. And unfortunately it has a sad story to tell...
I bought two young budgies last December, just before the New Year, a male called Kico
& a female called Bubi
. Both were in very good health, but two days ago, Bubi
started scratching her head constantly, she hardly slept that night. She scratched it so hard that she started bleeding! Not only that, but she first vomited half-digested red goo, which was stuck in her mouth, but Kico
helped her get it out. Then whenever she tried to eat, after 2 minutes she started spitting out undigested seeds. So being in this condition I've decided to take to the vet ASAP.
We paid a visit to the vet yesterday (I took both budgies to the vet). The vet took out Bubi
, who tried to bite the vet (the vet actually felt REALLY painful even with surgical gloves on, so the other vet had to give her a really thick leather glove to bite on
). Anyway, they cleaned her head that was all bloody with Hydrogen, and they told me she just "caught a cold" and gave me an antibiotic & some vitamins to put in their water. Here's where everything got worse...
She seemed well after the visit that afternoon, but she suddenly got even worse last night. Both budgies were on their swings the whole night. Bubi
refused to eat or drink her meds, which was I think crucial for what's about to happen later. Since both are not tame (especially Bubi
), she would run away as soon as you attempt to reach out even a single finger near her. But she was so weak that she didn't react to ANYTHING, not even on Kico
who stayed by her side all the time (he tried to feed her, gave her scratches..). She kept her eyes closed all the time and she was all puffed up. I feared she might die during the night, so I stayed awake and I hardly got any sleep last night.
Today, I heard her fall down to the bottom of the cage, exactly 5 min before 10AM. She survived the night, but was dying fast. Kico
was still on his swing and was totally confused what was going on with Bubi
. I took her out of the cage, wrapped her in a small towel, took her to the smallest room in my house and turned on the A/C to make the room really warm. The same vet that examined her yesterday told me on the phone to manually give her the antibiotic that she gave me yesterday (mixed with water). But by the time I made the mix it was too late. She died while I was giving her a rub on the head.
I can't describe to you how depressed, angry and confused I am... I had a real nice cry before I went to sleep for an hour, and after that I came here to write this to you. Kico
doesn't seem like he's missing her although she's missing from the cage just about 4-5 hours now. I am baffled at how the vet gave a wrong diagnosis although I told him what she was experiencing. I can't get these questions out of my mind:
How did the vet gave a totally wrong diagnosis?
How's it possible that she died just after around 10 months since I got her?
And the most important question of all: Did I do something wrong that caused her to die? Is there anything more that I could have done to save her? If ANYONE has any questions regarding Bubi's look, health, behaviour etc please post it, because I would like to figure out why she died so young!
It was incredibly difficult for me to write all this, with tears in my eyes, and with some feeling of guilt if I had caused her to die although I can't recall doing anything wrong or out of the ordinary. SO BUBI REST IN PEACE AND I HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE!