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prayers for this sweet baby girl please keep me posted can't they take her sooner?
The whole of Italy is in lockdown; he’s the only avian vet in maybe 4 regions, and we aren’t allowed to travel. So he travels around each day. Tomorrow he’s in Venice which is prohibited to travel to (because of covid) so I have no choice but to wait til the next morning, i sent him pictures of the leg and explained, and he told me that even though it looks bad it’s not an emergency. She’s behaving normally, preening, trying to fly etc, so she should be fine. I’m just hoping he’s right!
 

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The whole of Italy is in lockdown; he’s the only avian vet in maybe 4 regions, and we aren’t allowed to travel. So he travels around each day. Tomorrow he’s in Venice which is prohibited to travel to (because of covid) so I have no choice but to wait til the next morning, i sent him pictures of the leg and explained, and he told me that even though it looks bad it’s not an emergency. She’s behaving normally, preening, trying to fly etc, so she should be fine. I’m just hoping he’s right!
Hope so too Prayers to Xena 🙏🧡
 

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I hope she will be ok!!!
Thanks Marina! And maybe I’ll get some answers about the vomiting etc. obviously I’ll keep you updated. I’ve been so worried about her, she must have broken her leg when she crash landed one day (she almost always crash lands) ... I’m so annoyed at myself for not noticing but the vet also didn’t notice so that helps with the guilt. Her skin under the feathers is literally black in places and her foot is starting to go very dark.... the vet said it’s a hematoma and luckily I have metacam so that’s helpful for the swelling. 😔 I’m going to tell myself that as horrific has her leg looks, it’s a good thing... because this prompted me to call more than 25 vets and I finally found a specific avian vet and he was happy to see “my pet” wood pigeon. This way she will get a full panel of tests and I feel like that’s the silver lining, now I can finally get her better! I can’t attach photos on here anymore, I think I need to start a new thread! This one has been saturated!
 

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Oh I fixed it! Here’s the bad leg, yesterday it was pink and swollen at the vets when he examined it, but not like this. You can see where it’s going grey in places.
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This is the bit that really freaked me out, at the front of the leg under the feathers her skin is almost completely black. The vet said not to worry and if she broke her leg the bruising will present like this as a hematoma.
Please excuse her mucky feet, she still has very loose movements (as she’s on formula! So she’s often quite dirty and I don’t want to mess with her broken leg more than I have to so I just did cursory cleaning. Looks terrible with the flash, but I promise she’s not living in filth!
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Early this morning she was sitting on leg at a very strange angle so I wrapped it lightly in ace bandage, and she seemed much happier with it dangling behind while she perched/slept. This morning I removed that one and did the same but just on the ankle as she was moving her toes. They have some grip back today (yesterday they were kind of limp, I was really worried). She’s preening and trying to fly, and her mood is normal. I’m trying not to worry, in less than 24 hours she will be with a specialist and hopefully we can get to the bottom of whatever is ailing her! (And fix her leg).
 

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Oh I fixed it! Here’s the bad leg, yesterday it was pink and swollen at the vets when he examined it, but not like this. You can see where it’s going grey in places.
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This is the bit that really freaked me out, at the front of the leg under the feathers her skin is almost completely black. The vet said not to worry and if she broke her leg the bruising will present like this as a hematoma.
Please excuse her mucky feet, she still has very loose movements (as she’s on formula! So she’s often quite dirty and I don’t want to mess with her broken leg more than I have to so I just did cursory cleaning. Looks terrible with the flash, but I promise she’s not living in filth!
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Early this morning she was sitting on leg at a very strange angle so I wrapped it lightly in ace bandage, and she seemed much happier with it dangling behind while she perched/slept. This morning I removed that one and did the same but just on the ankle as she was moving her toes. They have some grip back today (yesterday they were kind of limp, I was really worried). She’s preening and trying to fly, and her mood is normal. I’m trying not to worry, in less than 24 hours she will be with a specialist and hopefully we can get to the bottom of whatever is ailing her! (And fix her leg).
Awww sweet pidge keep up the awesome work. Keep us posted on how the appointment goes 🙏 🧡
 

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Hi there how's the little one doing any improvement ?
no improvement sadly, but she’s managing to avoid that black leg and foot! I’ll be leaving in 5 hours to get to the appointment which is about an hour away, so by the time I log back on tomorrow I’ll have more information for you all I hope! 🥰
 

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no improvement sadly, but she’s managing to avoid that black leg and foot! I’ll be leaving in 5 hours to get to the appointment which is about an hour away, so by the time I log back on tomorrow I’ll have more information for you all I hope! 🥰
Hi there how did she get on at the vets ?
 

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I posted this morning, or so I thought!! I dunno what happened there.
The vet was lovely. He did an X-ray, she doesn’t have a break just lots of fluid around the joint which is super swollen, which he thinks is bacterial based on her poop. Prescribed bactrim and will check in on Monday to decide what to do next! Meanwhile, Xena was brilliant! She’s totally awesome today, preening, snuggling, being sweet. Ya know!
here’s to 2021 and her health!
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I posted this morning, or so I thought!! I dunno what happened there.
The vet was lovely. He did an X-ray, she doesn’t have a break just lots of fluid around the joint which is super swollen, which he thinks is bacterial based on her poop. Prescribed bactrim and will check in on Monday to decide what to do next! Meanwhile, Xena was brilliant! She’s totally awesome today, preening, snuggling, being sweet. Ya know!
here’s to 2021 and her health! View attachment 96684
I'm sooo happy she's on the mend
sweet beautiful girl
 

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Xena’s right foot is still quite swollen. And she’s not able to stand on it straight. I can’t really tell if it’s getting better or worse, she’s been on the antibiotics for a few days now (Bactrim)... although she vomits after every single dose so it’s hard to know how much she’s keeping down.

She seems to be happiest either laying on my chest and resting on my face, or the same position with her teddy (see the pic).

min the last few days I’ve been adding ground seeds to her formula. Which I think is helping her droppings firm up a little - but obviously she’s still on formula so they are always on then wet Side.

the vet said to be patient, and I’m trying but it’s so hard towatch her struggle on this leg!
 

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Xena’s right foot is still quite swollen. And she’s not able to stand on it straight. I can’t really tell if it’s getting better or worse, she’s been on the antibiotics for a few days now (Bactrim)... although she vomits after every single dose so it’s hard to know how much she’s keeping down.

She seems to be happiest either laying on my chest and resting on my face, or the same position with her teddy (see the pic).

min the last few days I’ve been adding ground seeds to her formula. Which I think is helping her droppings firm up a little - but obviously she’s still on formula so they are always on then wet Side.

the vet said to be patient, and I’m trying but it’s so hard towatch her struggle on this leg!
Awww be patient I know from experience it's sooo hard to wait but that and lots of prayers at least she was seen by the vet and given meds and she's got to be feeling a bit better hopefully. She's sooo snuggly and cute next to her teddy bear awww xo
 

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Just checked on her after a walk, and her leg is bleeding. Doesn't seem to be any trauma, just where she is resting the inner 'ankle' to stand, it seems to be so swollen that its almost split in a few places? (If you scroll back you can see in one of the pics) Anyway, one of the scabs appears to have broken open.

I have used some soft bandage and then medical tape to protect it, and I'll check in a few hours and see how it looks. I have some pigeon leg splints on order but who knows when they will actually arrive..... post in Italy is tricky at the best of the times let alone new year, covid and brexit! Fingers crossed I guess. At least she can be seen by the vet if needed, and she has antibiotics so there shouldn't be any further infection.

Talking of her antibiotics I actually have no clue how much she is keeping down due to the amount she's vomiting.
 

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Just checked on her after a walk, and her leg is bleeding. Doesn't seem to be any trauma, just where she is resting the inner 'ankle' to stand, it seems to be so swollen that its almost split in a few places? (If you scroll back you can see in one of the pics) Anyway, one of the scabs appears to have broken open.

I have used some soft bandage and then medical tape to protect it, and I'll check in a few hours and see how it looks. I have some pigeon leg splints on order but who knows when they will actually arrive..... post in Italy is tricky at the best of the times let alone new year, covid and brexit! Fingers crossed I guess. At least she can be seen by the vet if needed, and she has antibiotics so there shouldn't be any further infection.

Talking of her antibiotics I actually have no clue how much she is keeping down due to the amount she's vomiting.
Awww sweet darling she's such a little fighter xo
 

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If she keeps on vomiting, maybe you can get an alternative antibiotic from the vet. Amoxycillin is very safe to use for infections.
well, it’s with anything she’s vomiting. Formula, antibiotics, water, peas etc. it’s off and on for months now.He did say on Monday he’s going to call and check her progress and he’ll switch antibiotics if there’s no progress. I wish I could give her food and medicine via a drip or tube (not really, I just want her to be vomit free, for her mental health if nothing else! Can’t be nice going through this several times a day, every day!
 

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well, it’s with anything she’s vomiting. Formula, antibiotics, water, peas etc. it’s off and on for months now.He did say on Monday he’s going to call and check her progress and he’ll switch antibiotics if there’s no progress. I wish I could give her food and medicine via a drip or tube (not really, I just want her to be vomit free, for her mental health if nothing else! Can’t be nice going through this several times a day, every day!
@Marina B by the way, how’s your similar pidge? Any progress?
 
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