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This morning I noticed my budgie was limping this isn't normal I looked at his foot and his left foot one of the nails on the front toe had fallen off and on the back of it one of the toes was very very swollen all of the toes have slight yellowish discoloration he is clearly in pain I don't know what to do I've done online research and everything seems to point to something called bumblefoot I'm not sure how to treat this and I can't afford to go to a vet I have read you can give your bird vinegar and soak their feet in salt water to help but I can't find any information on how much vinegar to give them and how much water to dilute it with nor can I find any other information on how long you should give this to them and treat them. I don't want to lose him he is only 3 and a very happy bird but he is in pain and I don't know what to do.
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Hi, Welcome to Talk Budgies!

Some Avian Veterinarians will set up a payment plan for you. Your budgie really should be seen by an Avian Vet.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.

This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.

When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.

This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.

The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

If there are no Avian Vets near you, please find an Exotic Pet Veterinarian with experience in dealing with small birds.

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The next two links will give you information with regard to bumblefoot:

BumbleFoot

Symptoms and Treatment of Bumblefoot

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Do not soak the feet in anything. It looks to me like the problem may be gout although the pictures are not too clear. Gout is a build up of uric acid and it causes great pain and suffering. Gout causes lameness, swelling and yellow discoloration on the feet which you have said you see on your bird. You are going to have to find a way to see a vet that treats birds in order for this to be verified and treated.
 

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Do not soak the feet in anything. It looks to me like the problem may be gout although the pictures are not too clear. Gout is a build up of uric acid and it causes great pain and suffering. Gout causes lameness, swelling and yellow discoloration on the feet which you have said you see on your bird. You are going to have to find a way to see a vet that treats birds in order for this to be verified and treated.
The problem is the closest aviary vet to me is 6 hours away one way and there is no way my car would make it without breaking down at least once on the way there. What's worse is I just paid my bills so it will be another two weeks till I can have him seen as I am paid biweekly and nowhere will let me bring him in to be seen unless I have money up front and I don't qualify for that pet Care credit card because I have low credit due to medical bills. I'm so scared of losing my baby bird I don't know what to do and yes his foot is yellow and one nail has fallen off and it looks like another on the rear is going to as well.
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You can now video chat with a vet on-line at Chewy.com for free IF you are an auto-ship customer

You can also try on-line vets through the following:

 

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What is the closest large city to you?
La crosse but there are no vets there that will see him I already called they don't work on small birds. The closest one I could find that would see him is 5 hours and 34 minutes from me one way.
 

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You can now video chat with a vet on-line at Chewy.com for free IF you are an auto-ship customer

You can also try on-line vets through the following:

That site charges you just to talk to a vet I did that already for free over the phone.
 

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Did you try searching on the Association of Avian Vets site here is a link, https://www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803, I searched for vets within 100 miles of LaCrosse and 2 came up, one does virtual visits .
I managed to find one in Madison that will see him so that's only 2 hours away but they said I need to either have a pet care credit card or cash. so again I'm stuck in the water here. I brought him to one that said they would treat him but when I got there they refused cause there vets didn't feel comfortable working on a bird that small. but that is not what they told me on the phone. his foot seems to be getting better but i am still worried.
 

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I'm sorry you've found yourself in this position.
Try asking your workplace to give you a salary advance -- explain the situation and that you are out of options.
 

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I'm sorry you've found yourself in this position.
Try asking your workplace to give you a salary advance -- explain the situation and that you are out of options.
they don't do that unfortunately. i thought about getting a loan but i don't qualify cause i don't make enough and have bad credit due to medical bills.
 
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