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Re: Navre and Friends in Boston

Postby liz » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:03 am

Stand there and drink. The only thing they fear is being touched.

I posted in Rainbow Myrtle and Cockatiels earlier. It was easy to give Andy his meds.
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Re: Navre and Friends in Boston

Postby Navre » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:27 am

I had a mobile vet service come out and see all 3 birds. Nicky reacted to this much better. No plucking. It’s all the time in Boston traffic that stresses us both.

Nicky is 270 grams. Too skinny, but up a bit since June of ‘18.
Ocean is 70 grams, up from 66. She’s a good weight. I can tell by handling her. She’s small for a GCC.
Irwin is 40 grams. That’s about what he’s been. He’s in beautiful feather. He can’t fly, but he has a deformed sternum. I think I remember Paj saying that those birds that get beat to starvation often never regain a robust weight.

Still haven’t heard back about bloodwork. I’m assuming it it were bad, I’d have heard. Nicky’s kidney function was borderline last time, but he may have been dehydrated because it was afternoon and he had managed to get his wing stuck in a cage bar, so this blood draw was in the morning. I have to prod the vet for the results, again.
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Re: Navre and Friends in Boston

Postby Pajarita » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:12 am

Well, they are all doing VERY well if you ask me! And yes, I know that, sometimes, it sounds as if I am telling people not to take their birds to the vet which is NOT the case but, in truth, some vet visits do more harm than good because of all the stress the bird goes through - then you don't even get real results on the bloodwork! I am sure that Nicky's kidney values are normal. And I would not worry too much about getting the results in a hurry, I am sure that if they had found something bad, they would have called you already.
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Re: Navre and Friends in Boston

Postby Navre » Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:27 pm

All the bloodwork from everyone was good. Most values were near perfect. Same thing with the fecals. Nicky has cholesterol of 305, with 300 being the top of normal. He said it wasn’t worth medicating, or retesting. He said to keep up the good diet, and it would come down if it were going to come down. He said that both liver values were good, so he was not at all worried about a cholesterol snapshot. His crit was 53%. That’s high-normal, too, but again he thought it was nothing to worry about right now. He recommended an herbal mix with milk thistle. He recommended retesting in 2 years. He didn’t think it was worth stressing him sooner than that.

Irwin was up to 47g. I think he was 42g at intake. I’m glad he’s been able to gain some weight. The vet agreed with you, Paj, that birds who were near starvation (Irwin’s mate actually did starve,) seem to forever remain underweight. He said he knew of no study that confirmed this, but his observations seemed to back it up. Other vets thought the same thing. It’s one of those things that everyone knows, even though it’s yet to be “proven.” You probably don’t want them trying to prove it, anyhow.
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