A few days ago, as I was changing out the food and water for my two boys; Basil and Chive, I noticed Basil was not perching properly on his left foot. So I took him to the e-clinic. Had radiographs done and confirmed a mass on his kidney.
Prognosis given was poor, prescribed pain meds, and told to watch for quality of life. He’s pretty active still, leaning on his “bum” leg, still chirping, and still able to hop around the cage and eat and drink. I have noticed a few posts regarding knotgrass or knotweed that was successful for one other person. I do understand that it’s not a guarantee but I don’t have anything to lose so I’m going to give that a try. Should be getting it in the mail any time soon. I have also expedited shipping of a platform for his cage so he can lay on it instead of perching all the time. I did notice tonight though that his right foot, his good foot, looks a bit red and raw because he hasn’t been able to switch feet. Does anybody have any suggestions on what can be done for this? I do plan on calling the vet to see tomorrow maybe if there is something that could be done. I also read online that one legged birds can learn to adapt. I just want to make him as comfortable as possible. He’s only 3-4 years old
I'm very sorry to hear about Basil's problems.
Giving him knotgrass is definitely something I would highly recommend.
Providing him with platform perches and ramps to help him move about the cage is an excellent start.
Be sure other perches in the cage are of varying diameters such as natural wood branches (grapevine perches are great) rather than wooden dowel perches. You may also find that wrapping a perch or two with vet wrap to make them softer for him will be helpful.
Please be sure to keep us updated on little Basil's condition.
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So sorry to read about Basil's condition. Unfortunately kidney tumors are fairly common in budgies, and prognosis is usually poor as you have been told by the vet. I have had 4 in the past few years with the same issue. Your idea of the platform is good and you could also pad the perches in the cage. You can wrap them in moleskin, with is like a flannel cloth with an adhesive on the back, usually sold for use in shoes. If you use this just watch to make sure that it does not get chewed on. Anti inflammatory meds may help relieve some of the pressure the tumor is putting on the nerves, hence causing the lameness. If Metacam is the drug you are using that is an anti inflammatory as well as a pain reliever. Hope the knotgrass arrives soon and gives him some relief.
You've been given excellent advice. I hope that you're able to find a treatment that works for your little guy. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! :fingersx:
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Cheers and best wishes for Basil!
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