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Hello, this is our pet budgie Floof. Floof recently had a respiratory illness but seemed to recover. Unfortunately the same illness killed her mate "Booboo".
Floof however rallied through, responded to medication (bactryl)and was getting back to her normal self. However on Thursday we noticed this lump on her breast.
I've taken her to our local vet, they are not Avian vets, I've searched and searched but there aren't any near us. In Aberdeenshire. Our vet admitted straight away that they dint know a lot about budgies. His advice was to stop feeding her for 24hrs. He suspects an impacted crop.
I let her go hungary for about 7hrs but caved in and fed her. Ive never heard of stopping a hjngary budgie eating.
she is still eating, in fact she has at times been concerningly ravenous. No bringing food back up. We had to remove collected droppings from her back end for her. This was causing her discomfort.
Her stools have been very watery though today she has passed more satisfactory droppings some are still watery.
I really don't want to lose her. Is there anything I can advise our vet on that may help?
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Hi Cody, thanks for replying. I've been to that site before. Unfortunately there is nothing near us and I doubt a long journey by car would be good for Floof, especially as she's ill.
Thank you very much for the link. I will call our vet when they open again. I'm really not sure when that will be, I'm sure you'll have seen that the Queen passed away last week. Her funeral is on Monday and many places will be closed.
I'm not sure what is going on with her. She seems to be breathing OK, in fact she's just flown around the room twice.
Crop or air sac problems certainly seem to be the two usual culprits. However She was kn Bactryl for quite a while as whatever was causing her respiratory problems was very difficult to shift. I have read about a bird with a similar lump that turned out to be caused by bad kidneys. I dint think that bird ultimately survived, very worrying.
 

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I agree with Cody. The lump on Floof's breast looks very serious.

If you are unable to find an Avian Veterinarian or an Exotic Pet Veterinarian with experience in dealing with small birds, there is no reason why your regular veterinarian cannot reach our to an Avian Veterinarian in another part of the country (or even another country) to consult on the matter and determine the best course of action for Floof.

Additionally, you can consult with on-line Veterinarians.
There is information contained in the link below giving a few you can try.

Locating an Avian Veterinarian
 

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Hi Cody, thanks for replying. I've been to that site before. Unfortunately there is nothing near us and I doubt a long journey by car would be good for Floof, especially as she's ill.
Thank you very much for the link. I will call our vet when they open again. I'm really not sure when that will be, I'm sure you'll have seen that the Queen passed away last week. Her funeral is on Monday and many places will be closed.
I'm not sure what is going on with her. She seems to be breathing OK, in fact she's just flown around the room twice.
Crop or air sac problems certainly seem to be the two usual culprits. However She was kn Bactryl for quite a while as whatever was causing her respiratory problems was very difficult to shift. I have read about a bird with a similar lump that turned out to be caused by bad kidneys. I dint think that bird ultimately survived, very worrying.
Try and see if you can consult with an online vet, they may not be affected by the Queen's funeral and may be able to give some advice if they can see the picture.
 

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Thank you for your reply. As I stated I will see if my vet is willing to consult with a more experienced avian specialist. I can't imagine they will outright refuse, but stranger things have happened.
I too fear that this could be life threatening for Floof. I'm doing the best I can with the resources I have, at least I think I am. I'm surprised there isn't an avian vet around Aberdeenshire as budgies are fairly common pets everywhere.

Yes, I think that's a good idea. 👍 She's got her cover on just now, she's not sleeping quite yet. But I hope she gets a good rest.
The blessing so far is she doesn't seem upset. I suppose ignorance on her part is bliss. I feel utterly helpless.
Very thankfully to both of you for the advice.
 

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A wee update, the vets are not in today. There was however a lady answering calls.
I spoke with her about consultation with an avian vet. She doesn't see an issue with that and it sounds as if they may have done this in the past, though not recently.
I've sent my vet an email with pictures of Floof and her droppings. Hopefully I shall hear from them tomorrow.
Floof herself has had a little fly around but seems weaker and sleepy. She has eaten but not so ravenous today.
 

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How is Floof doing today? Have you heard back from the vet clinic yet? 💜💜
Hi FaeryBee, I only saw Floof this morning. Last night she passed almost pure water. Not good news.
I contacted the vets twice today from work. I'm not best pleased. The lady who answers the phones has told me she's trying her best to get one of the vets to contact an avian vet and get Floof treated. I'm heading home soon and will see how she's doing. Fingers crossed I'll either get a call tonight to bring her in or early tomorrow.
Floof hasn't been alone all day my partner was there until an hour ago.
 

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You've both been great. I wish I'd found this forum sooner.
Floof is sleepy, doesn't seem to be eating much. Maybe she was eating when I was away though.
 

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I'm at the vets now eith Floof, they are doing a scan.
I came home to find her in the bottom of her cage. It really isn't looking good from what I can tell. I fear there was too much procrastination on the part of our vets.
I'll certainly give her a chance if she has one, but I don't want her to suffer unduly. 😔
 

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I'm afraid Floof did not make it. She was very near death by the time they took samples.
They think it was a crop impaction.
I don't think we'll be having any more birds. My heart can't take it.
Thank you all for your kind words, advice and time.
 

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I'm afraid Floof did not make it. She was very near death by the time they took samples.
They think it was a crop impaction.
I don't think we'll be having any more birds. My heart can't take it.
Thank you all for your kind words, advice and time.
Very sorry to hear that. Rest in peace, dear Floof
 
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