I took my budgie to the emergency vet because he had a clogged vent. I am saying he because I was told he was a boy but this is when he was a lot younger. I am not ENTIRELY sure he is a boy for sure though. The vet cleaned his vent and got him unclogged. I told him about how I have been giving him Roudybush pellets along with his usual seeds lately to help improve his diet and he thinks the change in diet could have caused the constipation. I have noticed that my budgie really likes the roudybush and he has been eating mostly that. I just started giving it to him around 3 days ago and then this happened. I was told to stop giving it to him and if it becomes clogged again to bring him back. Even though he cleaned his vent, he still hasn't pooped and it has been almost an hour. I am really worried. What do you guys think?
I'd encourage you to give your budgie Guardian Angel or Pedialyte which will help to balance his electrolytes.
The budgie is dehydrated and not pooping because it's body does not contain enough water.
The bird may need to have fluids administered by the veterinarian and you should call the vet back and discuss that option.
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He is a regular vet but seems to have experience with exotic animals like hamsters and rabbits but I am not as sure about birds. The closest avian vet is about an hour and a half away and I would take him but they aren't open until Monday. Since his vent was clogged though I knew I had to take him to at least the regular vet to get that fixed. What do I do now? I am so worried. Should he be okay until Monday? I know clogged vents are really serious, but I am not sure what about it causes death and that scares me. I read the vent sticky and plan on reading more.
You have to get the budgie to drink.
Does it like vegetables? Giving it watery vegetables like Romaine Lettuce and cucumber will help.
What is the bird's name?
Try misting some of the budgie's toys lightly with water to see if it will lick the water off the toys.
Prepare the Guardian Angel or Pedialyte and offer it to the bird.
If the budgie likes bathing and you offer it a shallow dish of water it will probably drink from the dish before bathing in it.
The most important thing is that the bird stay hydrated.
If you aren't confident in ensuring that at this point, then call the vet back and ask about having him/her administer fluids to the budgie.
How much pedialyte do I give him? I need to go to the store anyway so I can pick some up. He is sleeping right now, how can I get him to drink? I put some water on my fingers and he licked a little off, but how will I know if he drinks anything? Just from seeing him drink it? His name is Cuddles. He was my sister's bird and my niece named him. They had him in a really small cage so I kind of adopted him and bought him a flight cage and some toys, etc. How long can he go without pooping? Do you think he is going to die? </3
Don't panic about the pooping just yet. You really have no way to know if there is anymore in the system ready to go. It may be that he felt ill from the blockage and hasn't eaten as much as usual, and when the blockage was removed all the available poop was also.
So, do keep offering water on your finger, veges etc, as suggested. There is not a lot more you can do, if the blockage was removed in time he should recover. If the blockage was caused by an underlying issue he may not.
Best wishes for you and him. Let us know how he progresses.
Thank you so much! He did poop not long after that post. It wasn't a lot but I feel a little better knowing he can actually go now and it isn't blocked. He hasn't eaten or drank anything yet but I think it's because he has been sleeping. He was also pretty rattled up from the vet visit. Lots of potholes on the way there and I had to restrain him while he cleaned the poop off which probably hurt. He probably hates me right now but hopefully he will thank me later. He acts completely normal though, and is sleeping normally. I just really hope he eats in the morning and drinks his pedialyte and poops more. The vet wants me to call him tomorrow with an update on him so I will do that and will most likely take him to an avian vet anyway just to check him even if he recovers well.
So last night he pooped again after my last post and it was more green and white and slightly more than the last one. He also ate some seeds and some of his millet. Any suggestions on what I should do now? I am still really worried that he won't eat anymore today. He usually does most of his eating in the morning.
Thank you so much for all the help so far!! Sorry for asking so many questions. This is how much he has pooped in the last 20-24 hours. Do they look okay and also how many separate poops does it look like? One other thing is how will I know if he gets clogged again? He does not want me grabbing him right now, probably because of yesterday so I can only really check from a distance. I also was wanting to take him back to the vet so they can check his vent and also clean it more because he won't let me do it. Does that sound like an okay idea? I don't want to stress him out too much but I want to make sure he is clean and okay.