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Hi all,
I'm new here but I've been reading through some posts... I need help with my baby, please.
Pia is my beloved 9 years old budgie, she's tame and loving and the light of our household.

Sadly last February we got some news we never wanted to hear- the avian vet in our area took an x-ray and a quick ultrasound and noticed she seems to have a tumoral growth in her abdomen, possibly her ovarium.
Praying its benign, the vet's main concern is that it'll keep getting bigger until it blocks off her digestive system.

She's been doing fine these past few months, only occasionally regurgitating. A week ago though, she spent the whole day vomiting, wings open in pain, it was horrible.
Unfortunately the only avian vet in my area is... not exactly great. We used to visit a really good specialist but then he moved to a different city and we're stuck with his one.
He does not have any advice to give other than waiting for her to pass away eventually.

I want to do absolutely everything I can do to allow her to live normally for as long as possible despite her tumor, whatever that entails. My main fear is the food; I'm worried she wont be able to digest and pass droppings anymore (she struggles already).
I'm offering softer food, like mashed veggies and banana with budgie pellets and offering electrolyte water.

I've heard rumors that knotgrass could in some cases help with tumors, and of course I want to try! That's how I found this forum, reading through that tumor alternative treatments post.

How should I offer it, how much...? I got some essicated knotgrass, the kind you make tea from. Should I just offer the tea? Or the dried leaves? Or maybe I got the wrong type...

Thank you so much
 

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Sorry for the diagnosis, it is always difficult to learn of something like that. I cannot advise you on the knotgrass other than that there have not been any controlled studies to validate the effectiveness, but no harm in trying. I had a bird several years ago that had an ovarian tumor, she was put on Meloxicam which is an anti inflammatory medication and also helps with pain. Her abdominal area would periodically fill with fluid from the tumor which the vet would drain off, helping her to feel better and breathe easier. Any time you have something in the abdominal area that does not belong there, whether it is fluid or a mass of some type, it takes up space that would normally be used by the air sacs and can make breathing more difficult. You should ask your vet about putting her on Meloxicam a/k/a Metacam, or some other pain reliever.
 

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Thank you both a lot, for the nice words and the advice. I will look into the Meloxicam 🧡

Unfortunately I still can't figure out how to try the knotgrass, sorry! I did check out that thread but maybe I'm missing something as I don't see anything about how to actually offer it. Should I look for fresh knotgrass and she can just eat it? I have dried knotgrass and I guess that's only for teas...?
 

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You can use the knotgrass that you currently have for teas and offer it to her dry. That's how I give it to my birds.
You cannot give her too much of it so you do not need to worry about overdosing.
You can also make it into a tea and offer that at room temperature.
 
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