Budgie with lame foot

by Chrys
(Canada)

I have an older (i.e. 8-9 yr old) budgie who has suddenly stopped standing on her one foot. I can see no visible signs of injury. She has a history of tumors, and has had a large one on her wing for years with no problems.... Otherwise, she seems happy - is moving around the cage, eating, drinking, playing, and singing.

As I know she is nearing the end of her life, I don't want to treat the foot so much as make her as comfortable as possible - a full vet exam would probably stress her out at this point and kill her anyhow... Do you believe she is in pain? Which is more humane - keep her alive and love her lots, or take her in and have her put to sleep.... She had a rough life before coming to me, and I want to make the rest of it as easy as possible...

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Jul 31, 2008
Lame Budgie
by: The Vet

Unilateral lameness is frequently caused by an abdominal tumor. Given the history of your bird, a tumor is most likely. However, a good exam would help make that determination. Pain is difficult to asses in a bird even when I am looking directly at them, but, yes, your bird is at least uncomfortable if not in pain. I cannot make a recommendation to euthanize or not without an exam. With your description (Otherwise, she seems happy - is moving around the cage, eating, drinking, playing, and singing.) my gut says not yet, but you need someone to look at her.

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