And she still wasn't eating. On Sunday, during a panicky diatribe with my sister, who's had some health care training, she pointed out that the aspirin and Metacam (anti-inflammatory) that Tweet's been getting are both NSAIDs and therefore could be upsetting the wee girl's tiny tummy. Head, meet desk; I should have figured that out for myself.
So I mixed her up a batch of antibiotics-only water, without the NSAIDs, made sure she had fresh food that she could reach even with the e-collar on, and tied a sprig of millet in her cage. By Sunday evening she was pigging out. KUDOS TO MY SISTER FOR HER INTUITION!
Unfortunately again, by Monday afternoon, after 24 hours without the NSAIDs, Tweet quit eating again. She sat on her perch and trembled, and even I could figure out that she was in pain. Mixed up a new batch of water with the antibiotics and aspirin, and within an hour she was bouncing, misbehaving, and eating once more.
It's a balance between giving her enough aspirin to keep the pain at bay, and not giving her so much that she becomes listless and refuses to eat — a few hours with aspirin and antibiotics in her water each morning, then antibiotics only. So far, so good. She's eating again and seems happier.
Other than that, the week's been fairly quiet. Every day Tweetie's a little more like her old self, screaming at me when I wash her injury with a weak solution of Betadine and purified water, shaking her tail when I miss a spot while drying her off. The injury still seems too red to me, and it's sticking up rather like proud flesh in horses. But Dr Jensen at the Atascazoo assured me on the telephone that everything sounds okay.
My knowledgeable sister wants me to take Tweet to the avian and exotic specialists at the Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital. I adore the place, and the vets and veterinary students there are wonderful; but a ride of that length sounds like a lot of stress for one already stressed-out little bird. Instead maybe I can ask the Atascazoo vets, none of whom are avian specialists, to consult with TAMU, should any need arise. For now, we're waiting, giving Tweetie time to heal. And lots of love, broccoli, and the occasional millet spray.
Again, her meds are: Baytril, 10% oral solution (100mg per 1ml solution), mixed 0.5ml in 4 ounces of water (roughly 250ml). The Metacam's on hold, and the morning solution contains one standard adult aspirin (325mg) dissolved in the same 4 ounces of water (250ml). So far she's shown no hesitation while drinking, so she doesn't seem to mind any taste.
Cheers and more later,