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My budgie has been sick for quite some time now. I took him to an avian vet the other day and he told me that my budgie has respiratory problem and he has a fatty tumor =(. The vet was very weird and cold towards my budgie, didn't give me much details, like as if he didn't care if my budgie lived or died =(. He gave him an injection for the respiratory problem, but didn't tell me much on how to deal with the tumor. Anyways, can you all give me some tips on how to deal with this tumor. I hate seeing him in pain. I know i am supposed to give him plenty of exercise daily(which i have already started doing), but what else. Any specific food? anything else =(. I need help =(

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I'm so sorry your budgie is sick and that your vet was insensitive and not very helpful. I don't have experience with that problem but there are a lot of knowledgeable people here, so I'm sure someone can help!
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:47 PM
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Please post a picture of your bird.

What did the injection contain -- antibiotics? What kind of antibiotics? Has the bird's breathing improved?

I suggest you call the vet and ask what you should do about the fatty tumor.

Or seek a second opinion from a more qualified, more thorough avian vet. www.aav.org/search
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How did you vet know that your budgie had a fatty tumor? by x-ray? I'm asking b\c my mom's budgie has some kind of mass either testicular tumor or fat--he can't tell by x-ray. we are going back at the end of feb to see if it is getting any larger. he seems normal--except for a slight tail bob and struggling to poop
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My budgie has been sick for quite some time now. I took him to an avian vet the other day and he told me that my budgie has respiratory problem and he has a fatty tumor =(. The vet was very weird and cold towards my budgie, didn't give me much details, like as if he didn't care if my budgie lived or died =(. He gave him an injection for the respiratory problem, but didn't tell me much on how to deal with the tumor. Anyways, can you all give me some tips on how to deal with this tumor. I hate seeing him in pain. I know i am supposed to give him plenty of exercise daily(which i have already started doing), but what else. Any specific food? anything else =(. I need help =(
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How did you vet know that your budgie had a fatty tumor? by x-ray? I'm asking b\c my mom's budgie has some kind of mass either testicular tumor or fat--he can't tell by x-ray. we are going back at the end of feb to see if it is getting any larger. he seems normal--except for a slight tail bob and struggling to poop


I have a lot of info on how to treat Tumors, will post it soon for the both of you..Overall, if you catch it soon enough and there are no major vessels involved with the tumor, it can be removed..That Vet sounds like a total idiot! You become a Vet because you love and care about animals..This one seems to be it this business for money period! No worries, I'm a true believe in what goes around comes around, he will get his some day
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Hi,
My experience has been that tumors can be confirmed by an x-ray. Did the vet take an x-ray? Or is it a visible tumor? Lupron is a drug that is effective in the treatment of budgie tumors. It will not cure or eliminate the tumor but it will help in giving a budgie a better quality of life while living with a tumor. Perhaps you could consider seeing another avian vet for a second opinion. Good luck and please keep us updated.
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The vet didn't do any x-rays, there was a visible bump on his tummy area, and he told me it's a fatty tumor. Last night the bump area was wet, it wasn't blood, maybe it got wet because his droppings are really watery these days. I dont know =(
And the vet gave him a Vibramycin 200mg/ml injection. His breathing has improved a lot thank God, but its day three and he still pants from time to time, specially after he eats he still pants too much. last night he sat on my foot and his whole body was vibrating. His feet were warm, his droppings were warm and watery(barely any green in them, just water).
my poor baby =( . i cant take him to another vet because i cant afford it right now.
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I am so sorry. Your budgie sounds very distressed. Is he eating and drinking normally? Did the vet offer any suggestions on how to treat what he believes to be a tumour?
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The vet didn't do any x-rays, there was a visible bump on his tummy area, and he told me it's a fatty tumor. Last night the bump area was wet, it wasn't blood, maybe it got wet because his droppings are really watery these days. I dont know =(
And the vet gave him a Vibramycin 200mg/ml injection. His breathing has improved a lot thank God, but its day three and he still pants from time to time, specially after he eats he still pants too much. last night he sat on my foot and his whole body was vibrating. His feet were warm, his droppings were warm and watery(barely any green in them, just water).
my poor baby =( . i cant take him to another vet because i cant afford it right now.
Vibramycin is a brand name for Doxycycline, which is a good antibiotic for budgies. I'm glad your sweetie's breathing has improved.

Keep him warm and quiet.

I'm sorry I don't know how to treat the fatty tumor. Once again, I suggest you call your vet; he should have advised you when you were at his office.

I think fatty tumors are sometimes caused by being overweight. What do you feed your bird; is he on all-seed diet? If so, his diet is too fatty and lacking in vitamins and minerals.

My avian vet offers many handouts. Perhaps you could peruse them to look for advice regarding nutrition and fatty tumors. http://www.thebirdclinic.com/Bird-Clinic-Handouts/

Best wishes to you and your sweetie. You're in my prayers.
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[QUOTE=SusanBudgies;954782]

I think fatty tumors are sometimes caused by being overweight. What do you feed your bird; is he on all-seed diet? If so, his diet is too fatty and lacking in vitamins and minerals. /QUOTE]

This can sometimes be the case. I have a female budgie who is around 3 years old and she has a fatty tumor. It weighed 10 grams, initially! I managed to successfully switch her to a minimal seed diet, per my vet (and boss)'s suggestion, and she's down a few grams with the tumor being smaller, but not much. I'm unfamiliar with Lupron (that was mentioned above), however, we have surgically removed tumors in budgies, fatty tumors included. Many folk (owners and vets) don't see the point in performing surgery on a parakeet (usually due to cost of surgery vs cost of the bird), but it could be an option. Xrays are good, but maybe your vet could do a fine needle aspiration. The vet takes a sample of the tumor and puts it on a slide, stains it, and can tell if it's fat or not. Some vets aren't as comfortable with cytology, so they may not offer it unless you bring it up. Also, the slides can be sent to specialists to view if your vet is unsure what s/he is looking at. The in house fine needle aspirate is much cheaper than radiographs.

Best of luck with your baby. Hope he continues to improve.
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