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Emergency!! Chewy broke his leg :(

I need help! Chewy just had another night fright and he got his foot stuck in the spring door on the side of the cage. His left leg is limp and he can't put any weight on it. I called the closest emergency vet that is an hour away and they said all they can do tonight is give him pain medicine until the exotics vet comes in in the morning. We have him in a travel cage right now on a towel and he seems to be settled, but I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to what I can give him as far as easing his pain a little bit?? Pleas help
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Sorry, all I can suggest is keeping him warm and quiet... good luck.
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We found an emergency vet with an avian vet there, hopefully they can help him
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Hope it's not serious and he feels better soon. My male P'let gave me a scare earlier this evening. He was walking across my keyboard and got a toe stuck. It was only like that for a second or two, but he limped for a few minutes before he put any pressure on it. Luckily I think it was just bruised, but it scared the **** out of me, so I think I know how your feeling. Glad to hear you found an avian vet that it can see him.
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We found an emergency vet with an avian vet there, hopefully they can help him
I hope he's OK and that it's not a break.

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Thank you everyone! We found another emergency vet that had a vet on site that sees birds, we brought him in (an hour away) and they are going to anesthetize him and splint his leg. They are going to keep him overnight to monitor him too. They are going to call me after the procedure is over and then again tomorrow after the day vet comes in. I just hope he makes it through the anesthesia she said if he does then he has a good chance of having the leg be functional because he is so young, it will just take a few weeks to heal and he'll hate the split but whatever. Almost $500 but totally worth it if he pulls through!
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Jill so sorry to hear about your baby. Any updates yet? Please keep us posted. Thanks.
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I got a call at about 2:30am, he made it through the procedure and anesthesia, they're going to call me a little later and tell me when I can come get him
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Oh fingers crossed for you and your baby! There is nothing worse Please let us know how he gets on!

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So scarey . I sure hope he does well. My my fingers are crossed for you. Thanks for all the updates.

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Jill I am sure he will be fine. My Ziggy had a broken leg when I got him from the breeder and it was never fixed so it grew bad very deformed and non-functional. I had him to my avian vet the 2nd day I had him and they did surgery and fixed his leg and it healed great and now he has 95% use of it. Yours will be fine. Keeping the bird and you in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us posted. Thanks.
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Chewy is home Here he was at the vet with his little baby blue splint



And here is his hospital cage that he has to be in for the next month, so he doesn't try to perch or climb while healing



So here is what happened:

I was out at a friend's, Mike was home. He put the birds to bed like normal. We had taken the ladders out of the bottom of the cage a few days ago because we thought that's what he was hurting his wings on when he was having his frights. Well soon enough as Mike got into bed, Chewy had a fright and must have flopped down straight across to the opposite side of the cage and managed to push the spring door open enough to get his leg through, then his leg band got him stuck and he couldn't pull his leg back out. Mike ran down right away and saw him flapping and hanging, he got his leg out but it was already fractured and bleeding everywhere. He called me in a panic and I zoomed home. After calling a few vets, we found one that could take him so we rushed over. We put styptic powder on his leg before we left and put him in the travel cage with a towel.

When the vet checked him she didn't even bring up the option of euthanasia so we asked just to make sure, she said because he is so young and we brought him in quickly that there is a very good chance his leg will heal and he will be able to walk on it again. We were just worried about his quality of life and living without a foot (worst case scenario). So we agreed to have him treated. She knocked him out, x-rayed him and splinted him. He made it through fine. I picked him up this afternoon and he will have to be in the hospital cage on his own for 3-4 weeks while he heals. He is on pain meds 3 times a day and amoxicillin twice a day for 10-14 days. He has to go back weekly for a check up for the next month and then they are going to re-xray in a month but they don't have to put him under again.

Poor little guy, he seems so miserable I hope he eats and drinks like he is supposed to. I'm trying to keep him quiet but we can't help but keep checking on him. He's just a fluffed up little thing. So stressful!

Moral of the story: If you have a cage, ANY cage, with spring-loaded doors, PLEASE please please zip tie them or secure them so that this doesn't happen to your bird Thank you all for your kind thoughts and words of encouragement!
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Healing thoughts sent your way... Feel better soon little one.
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Oh Jill, I'm so sorry! So glad to hear he's home and doing better! Poor little Chewy! Praying he heals quickly!


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Healing thoughts coming Chewy's way from me and my flock Jill. I'm sure everything will be fine now and Chewy will have this amazing story to tell when he's old and grey.

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So wonderful he's home, and so terrible you've had to go through something stressful. I'm sure he'll heal brilliantly now

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What an adorable little baby! How old is he? He's making very babyish noises

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So glad he's going to be alright! He's such a cute bird. {{{{Hugs}}} to both of you.

I think it is good that you check on him often, he's probably lonely in his hospital enclosure. Can he have a few toys(maybe paper ones)? Enrichment can make the time go faster for him.

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What an adorable little baby! How old is he? He's making very babyish noises
He is about 6 months, we have had him since the end of November and he was just weaned I love his little chirps!
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