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Poor Little Jimmeh...


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Well while we we're camping last week I left my animals (well the rats and birds, the cat went elsewhere) with a good friend (fellow vet student). We had no reception while we were away so I couldn't talk to anyone to see how things were. Once we got back to the mainland and got reception I had a voicemessage from said friend and she was almost crying, speaking so softly saying "i'm so sorry!! *sniff* your rat died i'm sooo sorry!!!" I had told her before that Sung had been sick and I had expected him to pass away long ago as he had a respiratory infection which would not budge with antibiotics. The next part of the message puzzled me a little she said that Jimmeh had flown onto another rat cage (they were actually looking after some other peoples rats at the time as well as mine!) and one of the girls had pulled his leg in a bit it!! But that she had taken him to the vet and everything should be ok... however...

This is the consequence of a 1sec hang ten on top of the rat cage..

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The original vet (just a cat/dog vet) had said that it should be ok and gave him some antibiotics to inject twice a day, however didn't take a radiograph or anything! So I took him to the avian vet who has opened down the road not long ago and he said it was definately broken straight away, he could actually move the 2 parts of the leg in separate directions!!

So in the end he has at least 3 fractures (they are hard to see in the radiographs I scanned, but show'd me at the clinic), a completely disslocated toe and irreversible nerve damage to half his leg!! But because it had been a few days (happened on Tuesday and I picked them up on Saturday) that there was no point surgically fixating the leg because there would already be calcification of the bones. So his leg was splinted and we're going to have to hope for the best that his disslocated toe scars in a fairly normal position (it won't be repositioned back into its socket) and that the broken bones heal in a fairy normal position. Either way he should survive, he may just be a bit wonky :P Now he gets metacam twice a day for painrelief, I can't believe the other vet didn't think he would be in pain :(

My friend was absolutely mortified when I told her, she feels so bad! I don't blame her for anything but she still feels that because they were under her care that she should be responsible.

Here he is today, poor darl.. he looks like he has a fluffy head hehe!

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I don't know why the radiographs aren't showing up... i'll try and fix it! - Edit - I hope that worked, can everyone see them?

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OH, man that is sooooooooo sad. Poor little birdie. He is so lucky to have you to care for him! Finding knowledgeable help for birds is not always easy. I had a dove come into the shelter with a stick driven through his throat..... and no vet would do anything. Stitching up that delicate skin was like sewing up wet tissue paper - but it worked!

I gather you have to give him full surfaces rather than regular perches for the interim, huh? What do you recommend for that type of thing? (I am always gathering info....) How long will his foot have to remain "immobile" ?

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How does he eat? Doesn't he need both feet to eat? Or are you feeding him mush until he heals?

He's so adorable! I hope he heals ok.

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What a beautiful Tiel

Anic-Tiels don't usually use their feet to eat. Just the bigger parrots.

Sure hope he regains some use of his foot at least, poor baby. Sweetheart & Ringo send Tiel chirps and whistles to Jimmeh!peactsit4.gif

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What a beautiful Tiel

Anic-Tiels don't usually use their feet to eat. Just the bigger parrots.

Sure hope he regains some use of his foot at least, poor baby. Sweetheart & Ringo send Tiel chirps and whistles to Jimmeh!peactsit4.gif

Oh, he's a Cockatiel? What was I thinking he was?

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Haha anic, yes he's a tiel :P seems like you had a major brain fart there! I'm in the process of converting them from vetafarm pellets to roudybush which is apparently much better (lower salt content) so far no ones eaten anything :P .

Thanks guys! He's doing well, although I can't really tell how his leg is healing he's still happy.

As for the perch situation the vet recommended using rope perches for everyday use as it makes them use a slightly different part of their foot when they change position, so it reduces pressure ulcers, dermatitis and strengthens the muscles. However for Jimmeh on his first night home just wouldn't sit still on the floor, so he had a small perch about 2cm off the ground. The second day he was fine to use the normal perches (well the new rope perches I got :P ) and the vet said that was fine as long as he was able to get around easy enough.

This vet was awesome, he knew I was a vet student so he let me in the back to watch the whole thing (plus a 10% discount!), explained everything and let me ask questions. Jimmeh had to have an anaesthetic for the radiographs as well so that was exciting although a little sad to see his little anaethetised limp body :( The vet has done his specialisation training (M.A.C.V) in avian health so it makes him a true specialist, not someone who takes an interest in birds, but that also makes him incredibly expensive! Almost $100 just for a consult! But that includes full history, diet analysis, faecal floats, gram stains, etc, etc, but it's definately worth it! When I go in for the follow up appointment I'm gonna ask if I can do some pre-clinical prac work there as is required for my course.

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