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Old 09-04-2020, 09:14 PM
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Re: Lameness and lethargy after vet visit

Yes sometimes a pin is the best long term solution .... but anesthesia can be such a risk, and the vet has to be very good st putting them in our tiny bird air filled bones. Yiu have to feel confident with the vet, and you have to do the risk / reward is worth it.

We had a African grey who had to have a pin placed because if s broken leg, by a member in Singapore I think just recently . But it was a young bird.

You’ll have discuss quality of life if not done, and risks if done, and it’s just a lot for you and your vet to decide based on the unique health and injury type situation with your vet. I have no idea what I would do or decide....
based off the video I would feel I had to do something if it was my burd, but what that was I couldn’t say....... I don’t feel comfortable urging you one way or the other in this.
Sounds like you need more info and X-rays before you can decide
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Old 09-04-2020, 09:15 PM
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Re: Lameness and lethargy after vet visit

sorry double posted...
Anyway I feel for you and your baby it’s one of those not fair things.
Other members probably don’t know what to say either which is why they aren’t postings in your thread. I know they care and hate you are going through this tho. And lots of non members are reading your thread too
People are following the story, you have over 600 views , so this story could help ithers
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Re: Lameness and lethargy after vet visit

Never having any thing so bad as this happen ever, to any of my parrots I cant offer advice, but can offer sympathy and prayers for Gloria.
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Old 09-06-2020, 07:23 AM
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Re: Lameness and lethargy after vet visit

Thank you both for you kind words. I'm hoping to get the full body xray done this week. When I called Friday, they said that they were only open Tuesday through Thursday this upcoming week due to Labor Day and the doctors going to a conference on Friday but they were going to try to move things around in the schedule to see what they could do. I'll find out Tuesday morning. There are two vets in this practice --the one who founded it 20 years ago and a very young one. By the luck of the draw, Gloria happened to see the more experienced vet who has done these surgeries so I felt pretty confident when I spoke to her. I've been pour through academic papers online just to learn more about the surgery itself. It's just so hard to know about her quality of life. She's just such a chill old girl, who has never been terribly active since we've had her the last 5 years. I think if she can navigate her cage and isn't in pain, she would still have a relatively decent quality of life. I just haven't put her back in her big cage yet and I'm not rushing that. I am retrofitting it with some large diameter perches to help her balance and such. I guess we'll just take one day at a time.

Hard to read her reaction. She whines a bit at me but really perks up and gets excited over my husband when he's near. I'm not sure the whining is due to pain or simply her associating me with taking her to the vet and thus showing some fear.

Anyway--I'll update once we have had the xray and some news. Thanks again.
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Re: Lameness and lethargy after vet visit

Just a quick update:
Gloria is going in tomorrow for her full body xray under anesthesia. Please send your good vibes, thoughts and prayers her way. The vet assures me that this is typically safe since she only has to be under anesthesia for about 15 minutes. She'll be there all day as they monitor her for at least an hour before and make sure she's good to go home after. Of course, I'm a worried bird mom.
Hopefully we'll have a firm diagnosis on her injury and the information we need about her organs to determine the safety of surgery.
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Re: Lameness and lethargy after vet visit

Big hugs, and lots of prayers for safe anesthesia and wake up a d back home safe and happy

I hope you get clear answers so your choice for what's next is easy
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Re: Lameness and lethargy after vet visit

Gloria is back home and the xray went fairly well. The vet had a little trouble straightening her leg for the view. The vet we saw last time--the one that is the surgeon--is on vacation until next Thursday so the other vet did the xray. She said that she didn't see an injury in the knee--just arthritis but the femur is dislocated from the hip so that is what's causing the problem. We will wait to have the xray read and talk to the surgeon when she returns next Thursday as this vet has never done this type of surgery. Gloria will probably need another full xray with barium to check her organ functions before undergoing anesthesia for surgery and I was asked if I wanted them to go ahead and do that today. I descided I'd wait until I speak to the surgeon. I didn't want to put her through that twice in one day and I'm willing to do that on a separate day if need be.

So that's where we are! Girlfriend is napping right now after being treated to extra birdie bread and blueberries for her ordeal.
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Re: Lameness and lethargy after vet visit

so glad she is home safe. This is a painful injury , and I'm sure she still feels pain as the joint isn't functioning. Whish the surgeon had bern there darn it.
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