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Princess Parrot is limping

Discussion in 'Bird Emergency Highway 911' started by son of eevil, 1/25/11.

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  1. son of eevil

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    I have an 18 week old Princess Parrot (male) and he's limping a lot. I believe he's hurt is left leg/claw I had a look and I couldn't see any obvious sign of a breakage or a laceration of any kind. He's not gripping with his claws either, has an obvious hobble when on flat surfaces and has difficulting moving around.

    His wings are clipped and I'm wondering if maybe he's fallen and sprained his leg?

    Could he possibly have got 1 of his claws caught in the cage and broken a "toe"?

    Also worth mentioning that I had a poke and prod and wiggled some of his toes to see if he reacted to it to see if maybe it was a specific "toe" he had damaged, just looking for a reaction of pain or an uncomfortable squawk and I didn't see or hear anything out of him.

    Unfortunately it's a public holiday here in Australia so there's not a lot that I can do for him as far as vet care goes today. Given normal circumstances I'd probably have given him a day to see if it fixes itself before taking him to the vet.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Its not unusual for a young bird to sprain a foot or leg in a clumsy baby state. Lower his perches so he wont be inclined to climb up,or just put him a smaller cage or carrier, and watch him. If your still not sure, then a vet call could ease your worries. Good luck and let us know.
     
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    I have him in a small cage at the moment. Lowering the perches is a good idea.

    I can't see that he's done any major damage. So it waiting a day or two to see if he's just sprained it going to be detremental?

    He's also eating and drinking fine and he still seems very playful and affectionate so it's not affecting his demeanor at all. I thought a bird in pain would be very iritable/angry/agressive but he's his normal self.
     
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    Birds do not show pain or illness because if they do they are driven out of the flock. I would watch him very carefully and if he is still limping, I would take him in. Did you check over his toes to see if there was something wound around them?

    Ginger
     
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    Keep a close eye on him for tonight, and see how he is tomorrow. If it is nothing serious, it will just need a few or so days to get better/heal.
     
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    I didn't specifically check for it but I didn't notice anything. I have him in a small cage perches are low, toys are few, food and water is plentiful.

    His limp seems to have gotten worse, if it's worse or the same tomorrow I'll take him in.

    What is a vet going to do exactly if it's not just a sprain? I can't imagine there being too many solutions, if it's broken will they reset it and splint it (what do they use as a splint? a toothpick?), maybe it's dislocated? Can they fix that? Are they more inclined to amputate?
     
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    They can provide anti-inflammatory and pain medication to help it heal.
     
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    He still seems more inclined to use a perch rather then stand on the ground, I can only assume this is a good thing.

    I'll see how he's doing tomorrow, if it's better I'll leave him be but if it's the same or worse I'll take him in.
     
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    Got Alex into the vet today, he has a sprained ankle and he got some pain killers.

    He's going to he fine, only cost $42AUD so I'm very relieved emotionally ad financially.
     
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    Good news for Alex :D
     
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    I am glad he is going to be okay :)
     
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    This is good news! Thanks for taking him in and not waiting any longer...the pain meds will help him heal better...:hug8:
     
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    This was all very stressful for me and Alex! He happened to do it on a public holiday so it made everthing very complicated.

    I had him in a small cage with low perches and a sheet over whenever he started getting noisy. Which was the hard part he just wanted out and I just wanted to cuddle him but I knew that if I dis he'd get excited and want to run around and probably just make himself worse... It felt terrible!
     
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    :hug8: I am so glad Alex is going to be okay. Sending lots of quick healing thoughts his way.
     
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    Glad that he will be ok :)
     
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