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Old 05-05-2017, 09:07 AM
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It is interesting that they both have blood issues, do you think it is related to the liver medicine they were getting?
The vet said it was probably related to their liver issues. We could run more tests but right now they were already so exhausted after being poked with needles and strangers holding them, getting the infection under control is more important so we're going to check it out in more detail on a later date.

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Old 05-05-2017, 10:58 AM
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I am glad to know that you are firm but kind when your birds need meds. It is going to be alright. Budgies go into protection mode per instinct and will understand that your firm gentle manner tell your birds that it will be OK. after a while it will not be so distressing as it is new for both of you. You can wrap them in a cloth or paper towel. Budgies feels better if they can push against something with their feet, and this seems to calm then. I always gently rub the crown feathers and talk to them. Experience over time teaches them to take meds and get on with life. This part of the wonderful experience of learning to trust and enjoy life together. As a human child you responded in a similar manner when your parents took you to a human physician. This learning is so important for the budgie or child to build a strong ethical wisdom when facing life experience. As you learn to trust yourself, so your bird will trust you. That is a gift to celebrate. Well done. You are a great birdy parent.
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Old 05-06-2017, 05:23 AM
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Hi Moira.. JoAnn's message is heartening! I have done the oral meds thing too, and it's tough. The first time, I had to give oral calcium to my 'broody' hen, Lemony. She bit and gave me the stink eye, but I don't think it affected our relationship..
When I first got Rigby, my little rescue guy, I had to do oral mite meds... he was already scared to death of people and that didn't help.
I think you already have a strong bond, and your birds will handle it just fine. You are indeed a great birdie mom.
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Day three! Poops are already looking so much better and, while they still hate it, giving the medicine is getting easier already. They are back to their normal playful selves with me after about an hour after giving medicine too so I'm very relieved they don't seem to be holding any grudges
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Moira, that's great news How wonderful to hear that they're doing better!
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Wonderful! I'm happy they aren't holding a grudge and are looking better already.
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Day 5. We've got our routine down now; both are medicated in under 3 minutes. I've taken to holding them close to my chest as I find they both find it more reassuring with their feet pressed against me than me holding them out in front. The screaming as I try to catch them definitely hasn't stopped, but they don't struggle nearly as much in my hands anymore and are very quick to forgive me; Sweetie just climbs right up to my shoulder to hang out once I loosen my grip and Lemon was preening my ear today shortly after I had given her medicine.

I think, strangely, this experience has strengthened the bond between the budgies and I. They hate it, I hate it, but they definitely feel better and know this process has something to do with it. They want to spend more time with me now than before. I was expecting them to shun me or something not want to be with me and play with me at all times.
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It's great they are continuing to improve health-wise.

I'm glad to hear the "hated medication" experience is proving to be a positive one with regard to Lemon and Sweetie's trust in you.
I'm sure holding them close to your chest and allowing them to press their feet against you helps to make them feel safer.
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Good to hear Lemony and Sweetie are doing splendidly and are A-OK!
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I am so happy to hear they are doing better! Once upon a time Kiger got real sick, I had to medicate him with this that and the other on and off for several months until he was finally diagnosed with AGY. Then there was a month of other meds. At first I was terrified I was going to cause him to aspirate. My current vet worked with me on it and come that time when he was on meds for twice a day for four weeks I had some confidence. Little dude is use to being handled like that now and amazed the vet with how calm he was during our last visit. I wish you the best of luck!
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