Pookie’s Ankle Tale

A few weeks ago, Pookie started limping, favoring his left foot.  (For those interested, this is a nice comparison between human and avian anatomy.) He went out to Dr. Bill to get checked out. At first Dr. Bill thought Pookie might have broken his ankle, but it seems like it might have been a small fracture.

What hurt Pookie the most was cutting off his band without anesthetizing him. Bird surgery is usually avoided unless it is life or death. It hurt Pookie to put a heavy-duty cutter between his leg and the band, but no one can safely cut the band off any other way without risk of cutting the leg.

Pookie’s limp is improving; he did not need a cast; and he is on canine pain killer/anti-inflammatory medicine, one drop a day. The medicine is called Metacam, and he can stay on it indefinitely, as long as he doesn’t start barking.

One of the things we needed to do was soften up Pookie’s perches. He took to one perch being wrapped as shown below, but rejected most of it. However, we tried our best.

Soft Perch

Perch Bandaged To Make It Soft For Feet

This is one place I found that carries this wrap: http://www.amazon.com/Gifted-Horse-Vet-Wrap/dp/B0002V47L0 but your veterinarian probably carries or can order it.

As you can see, things are back to normal.

A Good Looking 'Tiel

Pookie During His Ankle Crisis

Pookie turns 20 in another month. I’d say he doesn’t look a day over 5. Who could tell? Only Dad knows for sure.


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