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Dexter's big emergency - could have died!

Discussion in 'Healthy Highway' started by HolliDaze, 9/12/17.

  1. HolliDaze

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    Five days ago, I was hand feeding dexter, my six month umbrella cockatoo. I use a 1.5" piece of tubing on the end of the syringe to reduce the mess. It allows me to insert the food deeper in his beak ( I do not tube feed him). The tubing is the kind used with aquariums/iv's/oxygen masks. It was soft and clear. The tubing is normally very tight on the syringe, but it slowly gets looser after a few weeks, which is when I replace it.

    When I was feeding dexter, the tube became loose. When I removed the syringe from his mouth, he continued to Bob and pulled off the tube. Dexter swallowed the tube with his formula. I no longer had access to money to pay very bills on my own (I did when I got him, and thought the access would remain permanent) so I could not rush dexter to the vet that night (it was 9pm).

    My uncle (not rich, but able and willing to pay the vet bills) took me to the vet the next day. By this point, Dexter hadn't made a sound since that night, and refused to eat solid food, though he ate some formula. He had only pooped one that day, there were no solids. He had become lethargic. I thought I could feel the tube in his crop, as did the vet. They put him under and tried to remove the tube. What we felt was his trachea. When they couldn't find the tube, they took xrays, and said they couldn't find anything on the xrays. The vet told me to watch for increased lethargy, and signs of intestinal distress

    Two days after that, I had a semi cross country trip, we moved from Colorado to indiana. In that time, dexter's poop was black, a sign of internal bleeding. Dexter became even more lethargic. Over the course of 4 days, Dexter ate 19 cc's of formula total. He drank fine.

    Because of this, I rushed Dexter to the vet as soon as I arrived in Indiana (it'd been sooner, but my ride would've been fired from their job if we got back a day late) . They looked at the xray's I brought and saw the tube right away (I'm not sure why the first vet didn't see it) they removed it with an endoscope through an incision in his crop.

    The tube had gone from soft and clear to solid black and very hard. It was clear the tube was a definite hazard, and would absolutely puncture his organs. Dexter not eating solid foods was a good anything hard would make the tube tear him up.

    The tube was wedged where the proventriculis meets his ventriculis, blocking the solid foods. Dexter got seven stiches and clearly felt better right away. He still doesn't want to eat his adult food, but the vet suspects he will when he feels better. I've had him back a day since the surgery, and he looks very happy.

    Dexter could have easily died after swallowing that tube, even though it was soft at the time. There was no chance if him surviving that if I had done nothing.

    I will do my best to add a copy of the xray showing the tube (I haven't seen it myself) and an image of the tube after it was retrieved.
     
  2. Sarahmoluccan

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    Wow!! I'm glad Dexter is okay. That must been quite a scare for both of you!!
     
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    Yikes, how scary and what an ordeal! I'm glad Dexter is better, and that the new vet was able to see the tube. It's too bad the first vet didn't see it. I hope Dexter makes a full recovery!
     
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    I'm glad Dexter is okay.
     
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    It's good that Dexter is OK. That's a very scary situation.
     
  6. HolliDaze

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    Thanks guys! He's still reverted to only baby food, but I'm working on getting him back to normal.
     
  7. EllaMay

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    So Happy Dexter is doing much better, :heart: that is very scary indeed!

    Welcome to Indiana. :D
     
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    If he's eating baby food, he's eating and getting better. Scary story. Glad you were on top of it.
     
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    I am glad that Dexter is ok! How scary.
     
  10. HolliDaze

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    Thanks =D
     
  11. Hankmacaw

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    The first vet probably really couldn't see the tube in the xray. It had only been there a short time and was not changed in color or density yet. There fore it would be like seeing a pane of glass in water.

    I'm so glad that everything turned out well.
     
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    Wow! Scary! Glad we have a happy ending. :sadhug2:
     
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    Babies fed with a tube are harder to get weaned as they don't have that mess in their mouths to learn to lick and swallow.

    I have a credit card solely for bird vet emergencies, I also have a care credit card if need be. It can only be used for medical use.

    Glad your sweetie is alright.
     
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    So glad Dexter is ok.
     
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    [QUOTE="Macawnutz, post: 2683169, member: 4691"

    I have a credit card solely for bird vet emergencies, I also have a care credit card if need be. It can only be used for medical use.
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    I have 2 accounts one for each and insurance so never have to stress about it.

    @HolliDaze omg im so glad hes ok. Thats so scary.
     
  16. HolliDaze

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    Actually, the second vet didn't take additional xrays. They could see the tube on the same xrays the first vet took.
     
  17. HolliDaze

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    Okay. I'm a bit miffed. I finally looked at the xrays the first vet took. They told me they couldn't see the tube on the xrays. The only excuse for this I can think of is that it looks kinda like a bone on the xray. I see why the second vet was so confused when they looked at the same image and heard vet #1 couldn't find it. (Circle included should there be any confusion) the area dropped off the image was dexter's collarbone and neck and wings.
     

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  18. Hankmacaw

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    I missed (somehow-DUH) that both vets had looked at the same xray. That is pretty, actually very, obvious.

    Poor baby - must have been very uncomfortable.
     
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    I replied to your other thread, glad he' ok,,I had that happen to a pigeon that I was tube feeding, the tube came off and was in his crop..thankfully the crop was full and I worked it up till I saw it sticking out his throat and pulled it out.
     
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    Wow, that seems hard to miss!
     

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