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Giving medicine and soft perches

Momo & Mido

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Last Friday we took all our three lovebirds to the vet for a check up. For Momo and Mido it was their yearly check up. But with Umi we were concerned about he leg. She was barely using it and holding it up when she was sitting/resting.

We learned that Mido has worn out feet. This might have been a problemen from before he was with us. I'm trying to give him more soft materials to sit on. And switch his perches out more often.
Any other good advice?

Umi has arthrosis in her left ankle and knee. This might have been caused by the fact that her breastbone has been broken at one time. Her previous owner didn't do anything about it. So her body is a little crooked, why she might have over used her left leg. She will need fish oil for the rest of her life.
Do any of you have any experience giving daily medicine without causing to much stress? Any advice is very welcome!

Thank you!
 

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Any other good advice?
My vet told me to wrap Adelies night perch with vet tape, to soften it for her. Maybe that could help? Or offer a natural rope or cotton perch to sleep on?

If you think the homemade cotton perches I make will help, let me know and I will make some and send them to you :tup:

Do any of you have any experience giving daily medicine without causing to much stress?
@Hankmacaw @taxidermynerd @webchirp @sunnysmom maybe have some tips..
 

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My chicken has scoliosis, and she also has a deformed body. One thing to watch out for is how your bird interacts with food and water dishes. My hen has limited mobility and can't manage narrow feeding trays, but she can manage wide open dishes.

I know a chicken isn't the same species, but it may give you an idea of other ways to adapt for your bird. Make sure she has safe and easy access to water and food. Can she manage to get out of a water dish if she fell in for example. You may need to adjust the styles and types for the correct option.
 

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IMO for the tiny birds (I have macaws that are large enough to handle) it is best to towel them when giving medications, As shown in this video.

 

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My vet told me to wrap Adelies night perch with vet tape, to soften it for her. Maybe that could help? Or offer a natural rope or cotton perch to sleep on?
Thank you! I've heard about the vetwrap. I'm definitely going to look into that!

If you think the homemade cotton perches I make will help, let me know and I will make some and send them to you :tup:
That is so sweet! I'll think about it!

One thing to watch out for is how your bird interacts with food and water dishes.
That is a very good point. Thank you!

IMO for the tiny birds (I have macaws that are large enough to handle) it is best to towel them when giving medications, As shown in this video.
Thank you! I usually towel my birds when giving medication. Also at the rescue where I work I have to do that often. But since I have to give it to her 2 times a day for the rest of her life I'm looking for a more friendly way. Like putting it in something edible. Like a tiny bit of formula or a tiny piece of bread or fruit. Something like that.
Do you or anyone else have experience with that?
 

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Bitty gets about 7ml of meds which is a crap ton for a tiny guy so I put all of his on nutriberries.

Carlton can be given meds via a syringe with almond butter on the end. As he licks it, I slowly push out his enalapril. But he only gets .06 ml. A very tiny amount.

Giggie gets held in my hand and I drip a tiny drop in each time she swallows. I do follow up with omega oil as a treat. She loves it and will latch onto the syringe licking it.

Zephyr and Jewel get theirs on nutriberries also.

Amada will take her critical care formula with no problem but for meds I drip a little bit in and then tip her beak up to get her to swallow. Sometimes I run my finger gently down under her beak to encourage the swallow reflex.
 

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Oops .7ml not 7 ml Oiy
 

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I do follow up with omega oil as a treat
Interesting! That is what I have to give Umi as a medicine for the rest of her life. That gives me hope she might like it one day!

All very good tips. Thank you so much!!
 

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Interesting! That is what I have to give Umi as a medicine for the rest of her life. That gives me hope she might like it one day!

All very good tips. Thank you so much!!
I have some that love it and some that do not. But the ones that do, look out. I can’t leave that bottle sit anywhere as Zephyr will steal the caps to lick them clean and then chew them up because he is a boy cheekie turd.
 
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