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Hey all. Last night, I noticed that my budgie was not using one of her feet. So I got her out and looked at it, and she has what I think is a cut on the bottom of her foot.

She will not use her foot at all, so it has to hurt her. I am leaving on a trip tomorrow, and won't be back until Sunday. I will not be able to take her to a vet until then.

What should I do for her? I don't want to leave her, but I don't have a choice. I've cleaned her foot. I read somewhere that I should put aloe gel on it, is that true? I have an aloe plant.

Thank you in advance for any advice.
 

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Welcome to talk budgies. Is there anyone you can trust to take her to a vet today or tomorrow ? That is a long time to wait and risk infection. Do you know what caused the cut ? You need to find that out and eliminate the hazard. I wouldn't put anything on it but a flush with a sterile saline solution but I am no expert, perhaps some of our most experienced folk's can give you some advice...
 

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Hello and welcome to the forums! :)

Is there a boarding service at the vet where they could keep an eye on her foot? I agree with Randy that it could cause an infection if not treated properly. In the mean time, I would do as Randy suggested and flush it out with warm saline solution and if she looks in pain or the area is swollen, you can put some room-temperature chamomile tea as this is a known anti-inflammatory agent. Aloe vera gel from the plant helps too and it is non-toxic to budgies, so after you clean it with the saline/tea you can put a thin layer on the affected area and it will help the foot heal.

I hope your little girl is okay! I would definitely call your avian vet today at least to let him know what's going on, even if you can't take her today. It would be good to see if you can leave her there while you're gone or something if the cut is really bad, just to prevent an infection.

It's good to have you on the forums! We'd love to meet your little girl sometime so feel free to post pictures of her when you have the chance ;) We'd love to help with any other questions, too, so please don't hesitate to ask :D

:welcome: and hope to see you around!
 

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Hi and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

I agree with the advise regarding rinsing the wound with sterile saline.

If you have whomever is watching her while you are on your trip do this a couple of times a day, there really shouldn't be any need to put anything on the cut as it will heal on it's own.

Have her caretaker keep a close eye out for redness or swelling as that is a sign of infection.
If the caretaker sees redness or swelling they should then use the chamomile tea as a soak and get her to the vet right away.

May I ask if you have natural wood perches of varying diameters in the cage to help exercise your budgie's feet and legs? This is important to help prevent bumblefoot from developing. ;)

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