Chi-Chi's surgery to amputate his tail was almost three weeks ago, and this week was the first time he got to enjoy freedom outside of his cage once again! He has healed up nicely and is having no trouble flying or getting around. Tonight I gave him a yummy treat of lettuce sprinkled with pellet food, and he got to spend time with his favorite fishy friend! I took a couple videos and posted them to Photobucket. Nothing too fancy or exciting but I thought you guys might like to see the little guy doing so well without a tail!
Maggie, what a wonderful thing. He is so happy to be out and exploring. Tail or not, he is one handsome little fellow, and his balance seem's great. Thank you for sharing this wonderful little happy story with us...
Maggie Chi Chi looks so happy it is if he doesn't even notice that his tail is gone at all.. I am so happy to have been able to help you in a little way i now feel close to him. His little heart makes me smile. He is so precious I am so in love with Chi Chi. Please keep us up to date on how he is going and thank you for sharing his video and photo.
Thank you all so much for being such great friends to me and Chi-Chi. Unfortunately I noticed yesterday that he is limping on his left leg and it has not gotten better since then :/ I do not know what could be causing it. I am hoping it will improve on its own but I am worried it could be something serious. He is still acting fine otherwise. Maybe he is experiencing arthritis since he is so old? I am unsure. I will have to take him to the vet again on Tuesday. I am so worried...
Start the electrolyte and liquid calcium to help increase nutrient support of the muscle, bones, nerves and joints. the vet may also give pain meds. Concentrated B vitamins in the electrolyte will help a lot to make the bird feel better. The increased transfer of brain chemicals between the ends of the nerves will improve how the bird feels and hopefully keep him from loosing the desire to eat. a heat lamp may also help relieve some experience of pain as the heat tends to relax muscles and nerves just as with people. He may have had a tumble. So consider lowering perches and putting a cushion of paper towels on the bottom of the cage.
Blessings and prayers for you and Chi Chi,:budge::budge: Jo Ann
Oh Maggie, I'm sorry he's limping, and I know you must have about fifty thousand things going through your head right now, but try to stay calm, and try and be objective with this. Please don't jump to the first horrible thing that comes to mind. Good for you for taking him in on Tuesday. And I am elated to see him moving around so well. It's like he never had a tail, he doesn't even seem to miss it. Good luck on Tuesday, Lonny and I will be praying for your both.
Thanks for the advice Jo Ann! You make me hopeful. I have a heat lamp on him now. The temperature in his cage is about 75 degrees. I will look into those supplements you mentioned--I'm sure the vet will be able to help me out with those too.
Thanks Kristen, you are so right. My mind is definitely jumping to the worst possible conclusions. And I would be lying if I said that I am not freaking out a little. Chi-Chi is calm so I should try to be too! He is playing with his toys right now and chirping every now and then, so he's content, aside from the bad leg. I am going to try to take off of work and get him to the vet tomorrow if I can.
Thanks both of you for knowing just what to say to make me hopeful about this
Bad news... Chi-Chi has gout caused by kidney failure The vet tried to do blood work but Chi-Chi wiggled when he was trying to draw blood so he wasn't able to get a sample. Poor little guy. For now they gave him fluids and some pain meds. We have to wait another week before the vet can try to draw blood again because the area where he got poked with the needle has to heal. Based on the blood work results, we can decide what path to take next... but I am thinking about having him put down. From my understandings, the outlook for birds with gout is not good. Chi-Chi is still his happy self at times but other times he just looks really uncomfortable :/ I would rather put him to sleep than have him suffer until he dies. I was there when my other two birds died natural deaths, and it was unpleasant, to say the least. They had convulsions, and they looked scared and in pain before they finally passed away. Chi-Chi was able to defeat his cancer but I don't think kidney failure is something that can really be cured. I wanted to think that he had a few more years left in him but it seems his body is just failing him right now... He is an old man after all but I don't see him that way. He's got such a bright, fighting spirit. Today at the vet's office, we let Chi-Chi fly around and the vet said he was better at flying than some budgies who still have tails. Haha. And the other vet in the room remarked on how he was the best-behaved budgie she'd ever seen. The vets are just as in love with Chi-Chi as I am. He is such a special bird. I asked my vet about whether I should put Chi-Chi down, and it seems like he is not ready to give up on Chi-Chi yet. He wants to complete the bloodwork and then make that decision. But honestly I don't even know if Chi-Chi will last another week until then. What do you guys think I should do? I am really sad to bring this news to everyone, especially after his amazingly successful surgery. Is it just his time to go?
Maggie, I am so sorry to hear this. Lonny and I will be praying for Chi Chi. The good news is that your vet isn't ready to give up. I say, give Chi Chi a fighting chance. Why give up now that he's just beat cancer?
The vet gave you pain meds for him, yeah? Keep giving him those, try and wait it out, then see what the blood work says. At least then you'll never think 'what if, what if'. I'm sorry all this is happening to sweet little Chi Chi
Oh no, dear Maggie - I started to watch his videos with joy and celebration, only to come upon your bad news a little further on... I am so distressed and sorry to hear this, Maggie - for both Chi-Chi and you.
I can't tell you what to next - you know and love Chi-Chi better than anyone else, even the vet. I know you will do the right thing, when the time comes - just as you did for the cancer thing. I pray you have the strength, love, good judgment and compassion to make the choice you have to make, whatever it may be.
Dearest Maggie - my heart and prayers go out to you and Chi-Chi at this most difficult time - please keep us updated
in Jesus, love, Ollie