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Hello - I just got this little sweetie from Petco (first time purchasing a budgie from a big box pet store too) about a week ago. The past couple of days I've been noticing that he appears fluffed up, listless, abnormal poops, etc.
I called Petco and they say that they will need to refund my money and take him to the vet and keep him for the duration of the treatment. The woman expects it to be a simple antibiotic treatment. She said they will call when he is healthy again. Has anyone gone through this? I don't want to assume the worst, but will Petco take good care of him? I'm nervous about taking him back. Can anyone else share their experiences? I'd appreciate it.

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Old 03-08-2015, 03:49 PM
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Your little fellow is very cute.

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I'm assuming if you take your budgie back to Petco the store will cover the cost of treatment whereas if you take him to another (Avian) Vet you will be responsible for the expense yourself?

I think you are going to need to decide if you feel confident in the care Petco will provide or if you prefer to take the budgie to a certified Avian Vet for treatment.

There have been a couple members who have purchased budgies from big-box pet-stores and taken them back for treatment. Hopefully one of them will be able to give you the benefit of their experience.
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Hi... I'm not sure where you live, but Petco in my area uses a reputable vet (the one I use, incidentally). While visiting with my dog at the clinic, Petco did bring in a reptile of some type with a problem. I don't know what transpired, but I guess it does show that Petco does actually take the animal to the vet for care. What their practice is after that point, I don't know.
One other little story. While chatting about birds in general with Petco staff while l was shopping for who knows what, an employee took me to a 'back room' to show me a Bourke's parakeet they had quarantined with a respiratory issue. They showed me the prescription meds they were using with the bird. A store employee ended up buying this little one. Again, I don't have the 'back story' on this, but at least they were trying, I guess.
I realize this is in one Petco out of hundreds in the US, but thought I'd give my 2 cents anyway. Bottom line: in this Petco in my neck of the woods, they at least try.
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Thank you for your reply, jrook. That makes me feel better about taking him back. I didn't want to just assume the worst, but the big box stores just get such a bad rap.
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Hi Plinsky.... the big box stores do indeed get a bad rap, some with very good reason. I hope they take good care of your little one.. Please let us know. I'll be sending good thoughts your way.

My little Ivy in the forefront in my signature picture below, is from Petco.. isn't she just the cutest thing?? LOL
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The reason big box pet-stores get a bad rap is because the majority of them buy their budgies from "birdy-mills".

Any bad-rap I've heard about the big-box stores has not been due to the care the veterinary staff provides.

Please let us know how things go for your little one.
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What a pretty little guy. If I was in your situation, I would use the same vet that the store uses, and keep the bird at my own home. It is very stressful for the bird to be brought into your home for a week, now back to the store for a couple week's, and then back to you again. I would ask the store to give me whatever they would have spent on the bird's care to go toward's the vet expenses. You will then have an established relationship with a vet, and can get some additional test's done at the same time for psitticosis, etc.

In my opinion the bird will have better recovery chances with you keeping it home, and ensuring he is warm, offering fresh water, not being shuffled around, etc. Good luck whatever you decide to do, keep us posted...
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This is a tough decision.... You will need to do what your heart tells you though.
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I agree with Randy, the establishing a relationship with a vet is definitely a plus. The budgie is very cute I might add, maybe it is the angle of the picture but to me his beak looks a little overgrown as well perhaps that needs to be looked at as well whilst there. complete wellness check up is a great idea. I take my budgies every six months for my own piece of mind , of course I understand not everyone will do this .
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I have no experience with such a matter BUT, what worries me is that they said they would refund you. It's no longer your bird so they don't have to give it back to you. Maybe that's not how it really works but...
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