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Old 08-10-2018, 03:08 AM
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My first thoughts are liver failure (poor diet will do that) and neurological issues (seizures?). I'm not a vet though, so I can't tell you that this is in fact the issue.


I would honestly hope that the bird passes away soon or is helped along as I'm not sure there is any chance of recovery... I had a bird that suffered head trauma and if I thought she could recover and live a normal life, I would have fought for her life without a moments hesitation! But knowing that she was an older bird, had health issues, and her health just wasn't up to par... I hoped that she would pass peacefully on her own... but when I checked on her several hours after noticing the head trauma, she was still alive... so I made the unfortunate decision to let her go with medical help from a vet. My vet, who fights as much as she can for the rights of the animals, had to agree.


I don't wish the death upon any beloved pet, but if they are in pain or suffering over something that meds can't help, it's inhumane to keep them alive.



I'm so sorry.
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Re: Please Please help

I agree Monica, my son's budgie recently flew into a window and showed similar signs, the vet tried with steroid injection but to no avail. Im not one to allow suffering to continue, especially with an older bird. When I was around 10, I had to make the decision with Joey, my childhood pet budgie, I was heart broken but when the time is up, its up.

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I've got an update. He took him to the vet and the doc gave him a cortisol shot. Unfortunately it hasn't seemed to work..
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:32 AM
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Do you know if the vet is avian certified or equivalent? I hope a reasonable diagnosis can be made to assist you with making the best decision.
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Old 08-10-2018, 11:50 AM
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Re: Please Please help

Did the vet take an x-ray or do blood work? It looks to be a neurological issue or an injury to his spine/head/neck. He needs an x-ray to rule-out a fracture, tumor, etc.

Budgies can live into their 20's, 10 years old is not at all "old" for a Budgie if it is fed a healthy diet; average lifespan in captivity if they are well taken care of is around 15 years or more, so this isn't a situation where you should just assume that the bird is "old" or "elderly" and that's what is going on. This is a common misconception, a lot of people buy Budgies thinking they will live to be only 5 or so years old unfortunately. My point is that though you don't want the bird to be in pain and suffering, you do want to make sure that an experienced Avian Specialist (hopefully), or any vet available, does the appropriate tests, the first of which should have been a regular x-ray. That way you can make an informed decision about what to do...If it's not a compressed-nerve, bulging disc, or any other condition caused by inflammation in his spine/neck, then the steroid isn't going to help, which is why they should have done an x-ray first...Hopefully they also gave him some pain medication, like Metacam, as he's obviously in tremendous discomfort...

Is the bird allowed out of his cage, or was he out of his cage prior to him acting this way? Did you hear any commotion inside of his cage prior to this? It really does look to be some type of acute injury....I hope that you can get more answers from either a different, more experienced vet, or can take him back to the same vet and request an x-ray before anything else to hopefully get a picture of what is going on, otherwise it's impossible to make an informed decision. If it's something due to inflammation or a pinched nerve, etc. that will resolved itself then you need to know that, versus it being a growth/mass/tumor that has been slow-growing and finally put pressure on his spine/neck/nerves and is not treatable.
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Rip Blu..He no longer suffers. Thank you all for your help
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Old 08-12-2018, 12:23 AM
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Re: Please Please help

I'm so sorry for your loss of Blu. Fly free, little one.
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Old 08-13-2018, 09:15 PM
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Re: Please Please help

Rest in peace, Blu. I'm sorry for your loss, Bella. Thank you for taking care of Blu in his last moments.
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