by Barb Deter
(Guelph, Canada)

I have been asked by clients whose dog I have acupunctured to help them with their 2 1/2 year old budgie hen. She was eggbound on October 6'th , the egg broke and she is now going light. She is also exhibiting "stroke-like" symptoms and only seems to be able to use one leg. They are crop feeding and supplementing with soft food and probiotics. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Barb Deter

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Nov 05, 2010
Acupuncture and birds
by: The Avian Vet

Acupuncture may have its place in avian medicine, but this is not one of those cases where acupuncture is going to be beneficial. This bird will need anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, and possibly surgery.

Dr B

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Oct 30, 2010
by: Linda

I hate it that this bird is so sick. The first thing they should have done as soon as they knew she was eggbound is to take her to an Avian Vet. This bird could be in much better shape and maybe live if they had only taken her to an Avian Vet to be cared for and given proper medications for this condition. Egg binding is sometimes fatal, and always is if people don't take bird to vet.

Acupuncture will do no good whatsoever. This bird needed and needs medical services provided by a licensed, trained Avian Vet. Acupuncture is good for when there is chronic pain, and people or animals have already been seen by a doctor or vet and properly diagnosed. In this case, this bird is near death, and will not make it with or without acupuncture or at this late stage an Avian Vet. It would not hurt to finally take it to an Avian Vet though in case there is something they can do. At the very least, they can humanely euthanize this bird because it is suffering untold pain and agony.

Please inform these people to take this bird to an Avian Vet to be humanely euthanized if they are no longer able to treat. Birds neglected this long usually die, and this one is suffering more pain than these people have a right to ask of the bird or any other living creature.

Thanks for writing, and if anyone else has a sick animal who has not been properly diagnosed and treated by either a regular vet or an Avian Vet for birds, then send them there immediately. What you are seeing here is called neglect and cruelty in its highest, most sickening form. The worst part of all this is they are doing it "out of love" which translates to selfishness to not allow this bird to leave its sick, dying body with some dignity and respect.

Sorry to come on so strong, and we hear and see this all the time. People will do everything except take their birds to an Avian Vet for diagnosis and treatment. Very sad and heartbreaking for all of us who have built our lives around birds' health and well being.


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