A little update on Lemon:
1-We stopped the oral meds bc it was too stressful on Lemon. He would literally look as if he was panting after we had to hold him to administer. And the doc only said they "might" help.
2-I started him on the knotgrass and am trying it in LOTS of different ways to get him to ingest it. The only sure thing is soaking millet in a "knotgrass tea" w/ a spash of ACV cocktail. (Got the idea from Banana's journal thread on here!) He loves this. I'm also sprinkling it on his veggies and over his seeds. Also crushing it and mixing some in.
3-I read about and ordered some Harrison's mash pellets and am offering those too.
4-I"m putting a few drops of ACV into his water.
Results: He's definitely showing improvement! I can't tell if the tumor is smaller, but he's still standing fine and doing more hopping and climbing about his cage. He is still tail bobbing so I know his breathing is labored, BUT he's started tweeting here and there, so I do think there is some respiratory relief from the tumor. He is still happy, but showing signs of increased content: giving "kisses," runny over atop his cage for up-close-and-personal talking time, and dinging his bells. He's even doing some head bobbing in the mirror. He is not attempting his normal swan dive into the bathroom sink whenever the water gets turned on, but he is enjoying warm showers. He's eating and drinking and pooping. The poops are normal over night, but the daytime ones are still larger and runnier than norm and do seem to take some effort.
All in all, I'm very thrilled with state of health, considering where we thought we were coming home from the vet. I am regretful that I didn't know as much as I do know about natural health/nutritional care for my budgie. But trying to focus on being thankful. So thank you all very, very much! I'm hoping for continued improvement.
Originally Posted by justmoira
Whenever I offer my budgies something new I make a real big fuss about it. Pretend to eat some or actually eat some, lots of Mmmmmm, Yumm!!! and get all excited about it. Then once they come to see what it is I offer them a bit, still eating some myself and making a fuss for a while. I find if I do this they are at least willing to try the new food a few times and then eat it. If i just put it in their cage they will stay away from it.
Thank you for the advice! He definitely is interested in the things I'm eating, so I'm incorporating this into the mix!