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My beautiful BG who i have had for about 5 years (94 ring) has been sick for the last 3 weeks. :)

He had a upper respiratory infection in autumn, but it came back 3 weeks ago - only two days after i took this photo

 

(he's the one in the middle)

 

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I have been back and forth with him to the vet and spent almost $200 on tests and appointments,

All his tests have come back negative, no infections, parasites etc. The vet has diagnosed him with kidney failure and lung damage due to old age ;)

 

The vet told me to keep him warm and comfortable and let him go quietly. she didn't give me any meds for him, she said they would just prolong 'it' :)

 

I am keeping him comfortable with a warm lamp and watching his every breath - i had such high hopes for him - I had planned to pair him with Lady ( the spangle on the right of picture) in spring B)

 

I am so sad - my poor beautiful BG!!! ;)

 

 

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Really sorry to hear this Liv....hard for you to go through ;)

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i am so sorry to hear about BG, i hope he is not suffering too much.

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He is so handsome, I am very sorry for what you are going through, I have been there and Pretty died in my hands, the 1 thing that helped me pull through it was the friends I had here right on BBC. BIG HUGS.

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Thanks Guys, It is really hard. My vet offered to eutanase him, but i couldn't do it. Not today and on the spot like that ;)

I can hear him eating... the warm lamp makes him feel so much better, but his eyes still show that he is not good.

 

I also forgot to add that he had a full course of antibiotics for the upper respiratory infection for 10 days, But he has continued to deteriorate from then on B) - just in case anyone thought i didn't treat his infection :)

 

The vet said that he has probably been discreetly having these infections for years and because he has gone without treatment in the past his lungs have been damaged too badly to heal. he breaths very heavily (not wheezing though) and is wobbly in his feet.

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l'm so sorry ;)

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sorry to hear Liv, I was looking forward to that pairing too.

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Oh LIV.... :) I'm so sorry to hear that. I hope he is comfortable and goes without to much pain. I really feel for you and can understand what you are going through. He knows how much you love and care for him and he knows you are doing what is best for him. Good luck with his final days and biggest hugs to you xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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I am so sorry to hear about poor BG :D At least you have little latte and cookie (I think they were his chicks :) ) to remember him by.

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Sorry to hear that news Liv, I was also looking forward to seeing if he could produce some nice chicks, what a blow, but as they say while there’s life there’s hope, the warmth might help, not many recover, but some do by themselves. As others have often said, it’s often the ones we have big hopes for that we loose.

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Liv, sorry to hear this mate,

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Sorry to hear this Liv. At least you know he had a good life with you and he is as comfortable as you can possibly make him at the moment.

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Sorry to hear your news Liv :(. I know it doesnt make it any easier, but 14 years isnt a bad life span for a budgie his size is it? He must have been kept very healthy and happy during his life with you :D

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)= hard to hear..

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OMG!! Thank you for all your warm wishes and support - I think BG can hear all your thought because I was expecting to bury him this morning, but insead i woke to hear him desperatly trying to escape the small hospital cage!! I have moved him to a slightly bigger indoor cage and this is him today :D

 

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He is still slightly fluffed, and his wings are a little droped, but his breathing has improved GREATLY and he is singing and preening and eating and lots the wabble he had yesterday!!! :D :D :D

 

I am starting to think the "avian" vet knows as much about birds as I do. :D:( - I am really hoping she is WRONG!! I dont want him to die - BG is in my A list of favorites

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There are lots of animals that like to defy what we expect of them and I'm glad BG is trying to be one of those. YAY!!!

He's saying, "I wanna live!!! So there!"

Vets try not to get people's hopes up and will tell you the most likely result so you are prepared for the worst. Sometimes it can be hard trying to pinpoint things, because so many diseases present so similarly, especially in birds! Who when they are sick either fluff up, don't eat, sleep more or poop funny. Getting a TPR (temperature, pulse and respiration) is hard too, cause they are soooooo tiny and their hearts go at like a million per second (not really :(). And then trying to find a mucous membrane to see what perfusion and hydration status is. Bah! You know what I mean :D. So that is why you keep hoping for the best, because miracles happen and we (everyone) don't know everything, medicine is a science after all. Good vibes from loving people do a lot, I think.

Lets hope BG just had a little sickness but he's over it now. :D

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Wonderful news :huh:

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Thats great news, sometimes it is hard to keep a good Budgie down!

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That is great news that he is looking better, i hope he continues improving for you.

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That’s a good sign Liv, fingers crossed he makes it. Best wishes. Spring is on it’s way that may revive him.

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that's great :rolleyes:

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I have had some come back from the brink of death when all hope was lost. I really hope this will happen with BG too :angel1:

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I hope he is doing well today he is a beautiful bird.

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:parrot: Doing the happy dance!!! Excellent news and I hope he continues to improve! :D

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