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    Unhappy Lucky is seeing a vet ASAP, his tail is bobbing!

    Hi All,

    Thank you to everyone who's followed my other threads. As you probably are aware, I didn't manage to save my first rescued Budgie, simply because I had no idea how serious the problem was and I didn't take her to an avian vet soon enough.

    This morning my heart almost stopped when I just noticed that Lucky's tail is bobbing when he's at rest! He has been very quiet, and although he's picked up a little the last couple of hours, I am fully aware that this may be him hiding signs of illness! I have called an AVIAN vet this time, recommended to me by RSPCA, and I am taking him there in 5 hours (they couldn't see me sooner, unfortunately).

    How successful can one be in saving the lives of budgies who shows signs of tail bobbing/respiartory problems? I am NOT prepared to let Lucky pass away any time soon! I will do everything I can to give him a long, happy life, but I know this vet visit might be crucial in determining his fate... My oh my, it's gonna be a looong day...

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    Re: Lucky is seeing a vet ASAP, his tail is bobbing!

    Oh no! If he declines any further take him straight to the vet and stay in the waiting room, if they see that he's really sick they will squeeze him in, while vets do use an appointment system they will also do triage if they have a sick animal in their midst.

    I'm keeping you in my thoughts and hopefully it isn't serious, keep us posted k?


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    Re: Lucky is seeing a vet ASAP, his tail is bobbing!

    Thanks TaNnii, yes I'll let you know how it all goes! Fingers are crossed...
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    Re: Lucky is seeing a vet ASAP, his tail is bobbing!

    I took my tiels into the bathroom and turned the shower on to make steam. About 15 minutes. That helped ease the respiratory distress some.

    Respiratory infections can happen. Even though he loves being with you, it's still stress, which lowers the immune system. When the vet sees him, you'll prolly be given some oral antibiotics. Have the vet show you how to give them! Here in the states, the med of choice seems to be baytril.

    If you do think it's getting worse, do as Tannii suggests and call the vet, say you're bringing him in right now, his distress is worse.

    to watch for:
    breathing through his mouth
    Leaning forward so the body is parrallel to the perch
    fluffing up and staying fluffed

    Hope you get him in soon. Healing energy your way!

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    Re: Lucky is seeing a vet ASAP, his tail is bobbing!

    Don't panic. Neo (my cockatiel) had tail bobbing too. Though he did have a respitory infection, he wasn't on death's doorstep. I got him to the vet at his scheduled time and he made it through just fine.

    If Lucky is still eating, somewhat active, drinking and not huddling at the bottom of the cage, chances are he'll be fine until his appointment. Just keep an eye on him, keep him warm and keep him out of drafts until his appointment. Let us know how the appointment goes and good luck. Good for you for acting quickly.
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    Re: Lucky is seeing a vet ASAP, his tail is bobbing!

    In addition to the excellent advice in the other posts, put a heating pad set on low under one side of Lucky's cage so it extends a little up the side. Partially cover his cage and keep him in a quiet, dimly lit room.

    I seem to remember you said it is cold weather where you live so you don't want him to get chilled on the way to the vet. Warm up your car and get heat coming out of the heater so the car is nice and warm before you put Lucky in the car. Wrap his cage in blankets. The heating pad can also provide some residual warmth even though you don't have it plugged in the car.

    Kudos to you for being so observant!!

    Please keep us posted. Best wishes!!!
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    Re: Lucky is seeing a vet ASAP, his tail is bobbing!

    Oh thank you so much everyone, it's very comforting having you here "with me"... I really appreciate all your advice!!!!
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    Re: Lucky is seeing a vet ASAP, his tail is bobbing!

    By the way, I should mention that Lucky is still eating a little (I've also hand fed him carrot and lettuce) and he chirps/sings and catters, plus he's playing with his toys. So far it's not a crisis, but I'm still worried and will make sure I keep him warm and warm up the car etc. I've covered his cage partially with blankets and turned on the heater in the room. I don't have an electric heating pad like Maggie suggested, but I do have a wheatbag which I can heat in the microwave and put near the cage, that might help.
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    Re: Lucky is seeing a vet ASAP, his tail is bobbing!

    Just a thought, because I have heard that it has been chilly down your way (Its actually mild here today for a change) if it's cold inside and you don't have a heating pad, a hot water bottle wrapped in newspaper put on one side of the cage will help warm it up.

    How is Lucky acting? I had a budgie with a tail bob showing a bit of respitory distress a little while back, aside from that he was acting normally. I shifted him into a warmer room and he improved immensely, I also noticed that the room he were in made me sneeze so they're not allowed in there anymore. That was a bad night - not a single avian or even bird experienced vet on duty in town! But all is well now.


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    Re: Lucky is seeing a vet ASAP, his tail is bobbing!

    Hi,

    All the advice is absolutely correct. However, since this is a rescue budgie, if s/he has ever been on Baytril before, birds quickly develop a resistance to it. Often even after just one cycle. My cockatiel was prescribed Baytril for a few weeks and I truly believe that she already had a resistance to it so in the end she did pass away and I always have wondered whether another med could have helped her in the beginning. Just voice any and all concerns to a vet so they can do the very best for you. GOOD LUCK!!

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    Re: Lucky is seeing a vet ASAP, his tail is bobbing!

    Tannii, it is pretty cold here now. I've had the heater going for most of the day so far, and I've got a wheatbag which I'll heat up and put near the cage (see my post above yours). I wonder if the room temperature needs to be very steady 24 hrs? At night, I turn off the heater and the house cools down quite a bit... is this bad for Lucky? Not sure what the temperature is exactly, but it is noticably different (colder) in the morning.
    Glad that your budgie managed well. Did you take him to a vet the next day?
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    Re: Lucky is seeing a vet ASAP, his tail is bobbing!

    Thanks Lisa, I don't know if Lucky has had any previous treatment. I really don't know anything at all about his history, as he was taken from an abandoned lot of animals. His cage was absolutely gross according to the RSPCA when they got him, and it was still pretty dirty when I got it, so I scrubbed it and cleaned it properly yesterday. He's pretty thin too -he's got a V-shaped chest, which is not good I've heard. Hopefully he'll survive the infection, and I'll fatten him up again!!
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    Re: Lucky is seeing a vet ASAP, his tail is bobbing!

    Finally, some pictures of Lucky! Is he very skinny?
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    Re: Lucky is seeing a vet ASAP, his tail is bobbing!

    I am thinking of you and Lucky- so much to go through but well worth it. For an emergency heating pad, you can also use a ziploc baggie filled with warm water and have a light towel wrapped over it. I'm not sure if you have these in Australia, but there are sock and glove warmers that hold heat up to 8 hours that are good for this purpose. There are also small tear-open heat packs that are also used for knee/back injuries that I keep on hand for this reason too. Best of luck to you and Lucky!

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    Re: Lucky is seeing a vet ASAP, his tail is bobbing!

    he really doesn't look that skinny to me. But most of my budgies are american budgies and tend to be slimmer than the English budgies.

    Can you feel any indention on either side of the keel bone? (breast bone) if you can just feel the breast bone but either side doesn't cave inwards, then he's not too skinny.


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