Thanks Deborah. I apologize this thread has gone on for a while. You guys have provided invaluable feedback that has certainly helped Pudgie with his quality of life.
I took Pudgie to the vet on Tuesday and he thinks it's yet another bacterial infection. So Pudgie is [officially] back on Bactrim. I am really worried about his quality of life though. I hate seeing the poor guy suffer. It's been like 5 days and he's in rough shape, even if slightly improved. I'll follow up with the vet today, but if anyone has feedback here is the timeline since he got sick:
- 3 year old male budgie with a history of frequent bacterial infections.
- Illness started 5 days ago. Weight loss from 38 grams to 30 at some point.
- Day 1: Balance issues, falling off perch, odd behavior.
- Day 2: Violent thrashing with wings, complete loss of balance, running around in circles. Bactrim started.
- Day 3: Extreme lethargy, shivering, major balance issues, frequent thrashing, sneezing, lack of appetite, puffy swollen eyes.
- Day 4: Extreme lethargy, shivering, major balance issues, frequent thrashing, sneezing, puffy swollen eyes, muscle tensing, beak clamped shut, frequent whimpering noises. Appetite good but has a very hard time eating.
- Day 5: Extreme lethargy, shivering, major balance issues, rare thrashing, sneezing, puffy swollen eyes, muscle tensing, beak clamped shut, rare whimpering noises. Appetite good but has a very hard time eating.
As hard as it may be, if Pudgie were my budgie I'd be thinking very hard about his quality of life at this point in time.
It's obvious that his immune system is severely compromised and he is suffering.
As difficult as it is, it may be time to consider allowing the vet to help Pudgie move on in his journey to the Rainbow Bridge.
I certainly know how hard it is -- I've had to let many of my beloved pets go over the years.
However, I truly believe it is the greatest act of selfless love one can give.
When a pet has reached the point where it is in constant pain and the quality of life is never going to improve, it is cruel to allow it to continue to suffer.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
Thanks for your thoughts, and I completely agree, but I don't have the experience to know if he can come out of this. The last time Pudgie got sick I thought he was dead for sure, you guys saw the pics, he was barely moving, but he recovered almost completely and was happily living for months longer before this happened.
I will talk to the vet today, but here is a video of his current state if you want to make a judgement yourself. I hope nobody takes offense, I simply am not experienced enough with budgies to know anything about how bad his condition is.
I’m so sorry this is sill happening. But I agree with Deborah. In the current state Pudgie is in, he is suffering and has a poor quality of life. Obviously, it’s your decision to let him go naturally, or help him out of his misery. As difficult as it is, it is really the best decision once we know there is no reversing the condition.
Thanks for the candid thoughts guys. I ended up visiting another vet for a second opinion, and he concurred with what you said. Pudgie is now at peace. It was a lot harder of a decision than I thought, but seeing him suffer was brutal, and I wish he didn't have to go through that for 4+ days. The poor guy didn't deserve it, but that's life sometimes.
After Pudgie got sick the last time back in February, after talking with you, I realized any time I had left with him was very precious. We had 3 more months of time to spend together before this latest sickness. If it wasn't for you guys I wouldn't have taken his original poor feathers condition seriously and subsequently gone /back/ to the vet multiple times to get him on meds that worked! So thanks, you are all amazing people! I will post in the rainbow section about Pudgie.