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Old 05-13-2016, 08:34 PM
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Hello Everybirdie

I am very sad to say that we just got home from the Vet (yes Avian) as Tweety Hawk has been having some issues with his vent area. I noticed about 2 weeks ago that sometimes his poos were a bit on the loose side. Other than that he was normal. 4 days ago I noticed that his vent looked a bit irritated and the feathers around the area were messy. So I added ACV to his water and kept an I on him. Yesterday he seemed to be doing much better and was even hanging out with Tiernan while he did his school work.
Today I got up and started to get his food dish out and he vomited (not regurgitating) up some seeds, he was puffed up a bit and I instantly thought to call the vet but they were not open yet. So as the my daughter was getting ready for school I kept a close eye on him. He was still eating, drinking, chirping, and moving around the cage well, just a bit puffy with a messy bum.
After my daughter caught the school bus I checked on him again while waiting for the vet to open. I noticed he had some "pasting of the vent'' so Tiernan and I gently made a shallow bath of water and used a cotton ball to clean him up. Tweety was not happy but allowed it to be done with out a fight or hard biting.
Finally the vet was open and got the first appointment I could. While waiting for the appointment we monitored him carefully, he preened himself, was still eating and drinking normally, and even tried to get some treats by doing a little cat like purr noise. So I was trying not to worry tooo much.

At the vet Tweety was the most well-behaved patient you could hope for, especially considering he is a tiny little bird who traveled 50 miles while not feeling well to get to the Avian vet. He didn't bite or screech or flap wildly about the room like I was worried he might. He stepped up nicely out of the travel cage and onto the scale like a pro. Impressing the vet tech with his sweetness and good behavior. While being examined by the Dr. he was very sweet and gentle even while she was trying to feel around his body and vent area.

The Dr. noted that he was thin and had a small frame but that at 31 grams he wasn't under weight and had a good diet. She said that she felt like there could be something as there was some swelling but with out an xray it was hard to say if it was a blockage, which she didn't think it was as he was still eating and passing somewhat normal poops, or a tumor. She said that because he was male, over 6 years old, and due to his color mutation that it was likely that he could have a testicular or liver tumor. Unfortunately to xray she said he would have to be put under and due to his size and not feeling well that it might be too risky at this point.

So she recommended a Gram Stain, A bit of fluids through injection due to his loose stools, and two types of antibiotics. She will be calling me later to let me know the results of the test and to check on how he is doing. Hopefully it is just a bit of an infection of some sort and not a tumor. Any well wishes for him would be greatly appreciated. I will be sure to let you know how he does. As of right now he is in a sperate cage away from the others, eating, drinking, moving around, and chirping as usual, just still a bit of messy bum feathers and puffed up still and taking a nap.












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poor sweet budgie.I will pray for his recovery.I truly hope he's going to be alright soon.I'm sure some of our wonderful staff and friends will also help as best they can or assist you.blessings and keep us posted on tweety.he's so beautiful.
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Thank you Shane, I truly appreciate your kind support. As of right now I am hopeful that he will be alright. He just finished a little nap and is now swinging on a toy and a singing, then stopping now and then to preen, all good signs. I hope I am not overreacting but he obviously has something going on and I didn't want to wait until it was too late and end up regretting it later.
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I would be worried as well if something went wrong with my Gracie.I know how you feel.only want the best for our loved ones.we're here for you.blessings always
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Best wishes for Tweety! I know it's really hard waiting for news.
Get well soon Tweety!
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Awww, bless little Tweety! Such a brave and good boy he was at the vet's office.

Brenda, please take a look at this thread:
https://talkbudgies.com/articles-holi...lp-tumors.html

I'm sending lots of healing energy, positive thoughts and prayers for little Tweety and will be looking forward to your updates regarding his condition.
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Prayers for good news for Mr. Tweety Hawk. He is a brave boy to handle his appointment so well. I hope he is feeling better soon.
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Hoping that the meds help him and soon he will feel better. In one of your pics he looks sick - very puffy (=cold), and he shouldn't be since he was in a new place.
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Thank you all for your love and support.

Quick update is he is still eating and active.

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Hoping that the meds help him and soon he will feel better. In one of your pics he looks sick - very puffy (=cold), and he shouldn't be since he was in a new place.
I totally agree and that is exactly why I decided I had to make an appointment. I'm not sure which picture you were referring to but if it was one of the last 2 it was right after the vet tech brought him back from having an injection of fluids (in his right, upper leg) and having some swabs taking for cultures, and litterly had his feathers all kinds of ruffled, with a bit of wetness from the injection on the lower portion of his body.


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Awww, bless little Tweety! Such a brave and good boy he was at the vet's office.

Brenda, please take a look at this thread:
https://talkbudgies.com/articles-holi...lp-tumors.html

I'm sending lots of healing energy, positive thoughts and prayers for little Tweety and will be looking forward to your updates regarding his condition.
Thank you so very much. I will be reading this link shortly as well as doing more research on the possible issues we might be facing and treatment options.


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Oh no Brenda I'm so sorry to hear . Cute how Tweety was such a brave little trooper and was even a model patient at the vet. Prayers and positive healing vibes your way for your little boy. I'm hoping for good updates.
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