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Old 07-29-2020, 11:46 AM
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Hey, Iím new to this forum!

Yesterday my parakeet, Snowy who is 3 years old, flew into a window because she was panicking. I noticed when I was feeding her she was holding one leg awkwardly and the leg was limp. It wasnít bleeding and didnít look different but she was holding it weirdly. I went to the nearest pet store (since I didnít want to go to the vet because theyíre very far away and only wanna go if there is a problem) and the lady said itís a swollen foot and thereís nothing I can do about it.

Is it true? Itís the second day and sheís still holding her foot awkwardly. Sheís flying, eating and drinking normal and still playing with her toys. Is there anything I can do to help her swollen foot?
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Old 07-29-2020, 01:24 PM
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Re: Parakeet swollen foot

A swollen foot *is* a "problem" You do need to take her to the vet.

Ideally she probably needs a cast/bandage to give her something to support herself with and keep her from damaging it further, and anti-inflammatory pain medicine.

I have been told by a vet that the swelling can cause permanent nerve damage in their tiny little legs and even a "sprain" may cause a bird to not regain full use of it's foot.
Birds rely on their feet. It's important.
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Old 07-29-2020, 06:20 PM
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Re: Parakeet swollen foot

When you say limp do you mean relaxed and being held up close to the body or limp as in floppy and not under the birds control? If it's the latter it is most likely broken and in need of immediate attention by a vet. If it is the former it's less serious but still in need of veterinary attention. Birds bones are fragile and can get broken pretty easily.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Elysianblight View Post
A swollen foot *is* a "problem" You do need to take her to the vet.

Ideally she probably needs a cast/bandage to give her something to support herself with and keep her from damaging it further, and anti-inflammatory pain medicine.

I have been told by a vet that the swelling can cause permanent nerve damage in their tiny little legs and even a "sprain" may cause a bird to not regain full use of it's foot.
Birds rely on their feet. It's important.

Oh I didnít know that! How soon do I have to take her to the vet? Ideally I want to wait until the travel cage Iíve ordered came since the vet is a very long trip and my current travel cage is too big for that distance. However if itís an ASAP thing Iíll go first thing tomorrow.

Iím not really sure if itís a swelling, she seems to be using it still. I see her gripping the perch (sometimes fully, sometimes awkwardly) and she can climb he cage and fly around and everything. Is there a way to know for sure if itís swollen?

Iíve attached some images (the first one from yesterday, the rest from right now)

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Thank you so much
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Re: Parakeet swollen foot

Quote: Originally Posted by Talven View Post
When you say limp do you mean relaxed and being held up close to the body or limp as in floppy and not under the birds control? If it's the latter it is most likely broken and in need of immediate attention by a vet. If it is the former it's less serious but still in need of veterinary attention. Birds bones are fragile and can get broken pretty easily.
This is how sheís holding her feet:

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She seems very relaxed but sometimes holding her leg close to her body, and other times using it regularly and holding the perch with it, when I said limp I meant the leg kind of looked splayed out.

Iíll try to get vet help ASAP but in your opinion do you think it may be swollen or something else?

Thank you so much
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Re: Parakeet swollen foot

Well I don't think it's any kind of serious break or anything like that if she is using it to perch. No discolouration just some mild swelling from what I can see in the pictures. Most likely it is a mild sprain. Still worth a checkup ASAP but nothing to panic about.

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I went to the nearest pet store (since I didn’t want to go to the vet because they’re very far away and only wanna go if there is a problem) and the lady said it’s a swollen foot and there’s nothing I can do about it.
In my experience pet stores are only interested in selling you something. If there isn't anything they can sell you they will dismiss any injury as "nothing to worry about". It's in their best interest for you to lose your pet so they can sell you a new one. Not a big fan of pet stores.
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Re: Parakeet swollen foot

Quote: Originally Posted by Talven View Post
Well I don't think it's any kind of serious break or anything like that if she is using it to perch. No discolouration just some mild swelling from what I can see in the pictures. Most likely it is a mild sprain. Still worth a checkup ASAP but nothing to panic about.

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I went to the nearest pet store (since I didnít want to go to the vet because theyíre very far away and only wanna go if there is a problem) and the lady said itís a swollen foot and thereís nothing I can do about it.
In my experience pet stores are only interested in selling you something. If there isn't anything they can sell you they will dismiss any injury as "nothing to worry about". It's in their best interest for you to lose your pet so they can sell you a new one. Not a big fan of pet stores.

Thank you so much for your help, Iíll get it checked as soon as I can.

The same lady told me that my yellow parakeet has an internal chest tumor but a vet said that itís very unlikely that an avian vet, let alone a pet store lady, can tell just from sight that a parakeet has a tumor growing inside. I just hope thatís right and I canít believe that last part about them wanting you to lose your pet just to buy a new one from them. I feel silly for believing her since she probably wanted me to replace my bird by convincing me that heíd die
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