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Old 01-25-2013, 05:48 PM
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Hi. I have a big problem with one of my parakeets. It has gotten its lower part of the femur to break in 2. D: Well l'll start the story from the beginning.

So I have recently gotten a pomranian/poodle mix called maxx. Since he hasnt been around birds, I have been careful introducing Maxx to my parakeets. My parakeets are free to go anywhere in my room since I almost never close the cage door and they love flying from my curtain rod to the top of my glass top aquarium where they sit and watch the fishes to the bunch of branches I have placed on top of the cage. Even made the birds a cool perch using 3 parakeet ladders and using their hooks to connect to perches.

Anyway, I have received Jojo and her brother Vinny from a neighbor who was giving them away a couple weeks ago. I had their wings clipped so they would be able to know where home is and not try flying into the window trying to get away. They still havent grown back completely yet so they are still not very good flyers yet. This is where Maxx come in. I have been careful introducing him to my parakeets and he looked like he was beginning to get used to them. It was goin well till now.

3 days ago when I wasnt looking, my dog got a hold of Jojo, one of my parakeets. She must have fell out of the cage while I was refilling thier water and wasnt able to fly back up before Maxx decided to bite her. I was able to get Jojo away from my dog very quickly but the bite has caused her lower part of the femur to break. It was horrifying but at least the bone didnt break skin. She was bleeding alittle but it was a small cut in parakeet terms so I let it heal naturally. She was shaking in pain. I then brought her to a local petsmart hoping that they can help her but they didnt have a vet that can handle birds. They did give me a bunch of numbers of different vets and animal hospitals that can help. I have been spending the last 3 days looking at different places on the internet thats close. Unfortunatly they all either didnt have a vet that handle parakeets or I couldnt afford the costs of the visit. If i had the money, I would take him to a vet. Cant stand seeing it in pain but taking her to a vet and have surgery just isnt possible for me. One of my friends then told me to try a humane society since they might be able to help. Even if it means i would have to give Jojo up to them it would be worth it. Unfortanatly, they didnt have vet that can care for birds either so the only thing they can do is put her to sleep. I really dont want to put her down but its going to have to be a last resort.

The one piece of semi good news was when I asked my teacher who knows alot about animal health. She didnt know any places that can help but she told me to try let heal on its own before thinking about putting her down. I much perfer her idea over being put to sleep altho I know she is definantly still feeling pain. Most likely getting her to heal at home without vet help will probably lose the use of her foot. I did hear that many parakeets with 1 leg still do fine. Over the last 3 days, she has been getting better at moving around with 1 leg but shes still in alot of pain. Tried putting different homemade leg braces (one made by wrapping yarn around the leg and taping it. Another with cardboard. And another using a skinny hollow tube cut in half and flattened alittle then taped on) to help her leg heal quicker but she keeps slipping out of them. Yeah braces would not work on the type of injury she has but at least it would keep her leg still. Hopefully she can recover without having to put her down.

I could use any advice for nursing Jojo back to health. I just want whats best for her.


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Old 01-25-2013, 09:30 PM
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Oh no! I'm sorry--this is terrible! But I think you have to know that you cannot trust the dog ever to be safe around the parakeets. My roommates cats killed one of my babies and it was so awful. He flew out of my room and landed in the living room and the cat bit him and killed him. I do think her leg will heal on it's own and she can live a full and happy life still, although I know it's hard to see her in pain, it will heal and she will adjust. Are you sure a regular vet or animal rescue place couldn't help you? Maybe check on FB for animal rescue places in your area. I hope your little Jojo will be ok. Maybe you can give her some herbs or vitamins to make her stronger and help her heal. There is a group online called feeding feather that might be able to give you some advice for specifics about this. For sure she needs to stay super healthy to heal. Maybe it could be good to give a somewhere to rest so she doesn't have to stand up all the time? Good luck. Just give her lots of love and reassurance--talk soothingly to her and comfort her. It really does help. Don't put her down because it is hard for you to see her in pain--give her a chance to heal--this is not a terminal injury. She could recover nicely. Good luck and stay strong and give your little Jojo lots of love. Oh, and consider re-homing the dog? It doesn't sound like a safe combination. Especially if the poor babies can't fly....
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I have slightly different opinions on this matter. I have three very large dogs that I keep separate from my birds. If the birds are out, the dogs are up and vice versa. One of my dogs broke my parrot let's leg. And I stupidly left the dogs unkenneled one night an my dogs knocked the cage over and killed my little Earl. They're dogs. They're predators. It's natural. It's not a reason to rehome your dog. You just have to keep better practices. No small bird is ever safe around any dog, in my opinion.

My bird with the broken leg was too small for pinning surgery. He was quite young and his leg healed well on it's own. But, not without a lot of work on my part. He was kept in an aquarium with no perches for weeks. And he was on pain medicine, which I feel is very, very important. Broken bones hurt! Can you afford a vet exam plus another $15 or so for pain meds? If your bird is not a baby, the leg will take much longer to heal and may not heal properly. And she will develop arthritis in the bone, which is also painful.

My advice, although it may be difficult, would be to rehome your bird quickly to someone who can care for it or consider humane euthanasia. Please understand that I never recommend the last option lightly. I work at an avian clinic and see this kind of injury often. Younger birds do well, but they still need medical attention. Older birds don't do as well. Also, please know there is no judgement here. I've been where you are. I know how hard it is. Maybe you could call the avian vet and see if they'd be willing to sell you some anti-inflammatory medicines for Jojo.

Please keep us posted. And best of luck.
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Oh no no I must have wrote it wrong. I dont blame Maxx for what he did. Your totally right theasset. Dogs are preditors so it was my fault for leaving him in the room alone with them. I meant that I was willing to give Jojo away to the humane society if it meant that it would recieve care.

I do think Jojo is fairly young. Prob around a year old. Since she was hatched as an egg by the neighbor but ended having too many birds to care for them properly. I could definatly afford pain meds for her. Do you think they are available in petsmart or petco? I cant take her to a vet since it would cost $150 just to see her plus everthing else.

Right now I have her in a small cage with 1 low perch and a floor without the bars so it would be more comfortable to sit on with food and water on the floor so its easy to reach. I also put the cage close to a heater since I read that heat can help with healing.
Ok ill try seeing if a vet would be willing to give me some. Ill keep in touch

p.s. just did alittle looking around on the internet about different kinds of painkillers for parakeets so maybe i can ask a vet about it when i get the chance. Saw one called Metacam that seems like it could work. I also saw something about putting an asperin in 250 mL of water can help as well. Is that true?

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Metacam is what we use, but it's only available from the vet. Also, $150 is outrageous. An exam at my clinic is just under $50 and pain meds around $15 - less than half what you quoted. I'd look around for another vet.

In the meantime, set an aquarium up for Jojo. She should not be climbing, perching, and possibly falling to the cage bottom. Line it with paper towels. Put her food and water in some dishes and give her some millet too. You need an aquarium with a lid. You can set the lid up so it's only closed on one side and ajar on the other. This way she can't escape but can get air circulating through.

I'll post a pic of my hospital aquarium later today.
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Erin ... are their little legs ever splinted? How do they heal?
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A splint is very hard to do on small birds (finches, canaries, budgies, parrotlets). It makes a BIG difference where, in the bone, the fracture is. And what kind of fracture it is.
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You can try to put a ice cream stick, cut lenth wise and attached with a piece of band aid on the fractured part if it is possible. Hope it will heal quickly.
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Thanks theasset for offering your expert advice. I was only trying to offer some suggestions as no one else had replied. Of course it is not the dogs fault, i would just find it hard in my living situation to accommodate a dog and my birds safely--but I live in a small apt in nyc, and forget that others often have more space available to safely manage different pets. Also, I am still probably feeling guilty for the death of my Chirp who was killed by my roommate's cat due to my own negligence. Also thanks for the tips about the hospital aquarium. I am going to have one ready for emergencies here as well.
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Thanks theasset for offering your expert advice. I was only trying to offer some suggestions as no one else had replied. Of course it is not the dogs fault, i would just find it hard in my living situation to accommodate a dog and my birds safely--but I live in a small apt in nyc, and forget that others often have more space available to safely manage different pets. Also, I am still probably feeling guilty for the death of my Chirp who was killed by my roommate's cat due to my own negligence. Also thanks for the tips about the hospital aquarium. I am going to have one ready for emergencies here as well.
I completely understood where you were coming from and was only offering another opinion. That's why I love this site. Always learning something new from someone else's experience.

A hospital cage (aquarium) is always handy. Good for you for getting one together.
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