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Psitacossis = SAD, SAD ENDING :(

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We've managed to speak to a colleague of Neil Forbes; Stuart. He was most helpful and agreed that Charlie should be seen – within the next 12 hours at the most. Strangely, he said that the treatment course he was on would be acceptable, however the Doxycycline is certainly a preferable approach. The tricky thing with this is that not all vets have it readily available. Neil's practice does have the Doxycycline, however unfortunately it's a 3.5 hour drive for us, and to be honest I would not like to put Charlie in his transport container for that period of time considering his current state.

 

Stuart has suggested a vet in Manchester; Ashleigh (thanks to those who mentioned it). Apparently they have a good reputation and specialise in Exotic pets. I’ve spoken to their avian vet there and briefed him in full. I’ll be taking Charlie down to see him first thing in the morning. Until then we’ll be keeping a very close eye on him. We’ve ensured he’s nice and warm and have just given him his last application of Critical care for today; he took it well and managed a few almost exited semi-squawks as we administered it!

 

Please do rest assured I’ll be posting tomorrow to bring you all up to speed with how his morning examination has gone.

 

Many thanks once again for all your help, interest and advise.

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Guest showgirl

Its etiquette for any treatment etc given by the previous Vet to be taken to the new Vet and this consultation is seen as a second opinion.

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I'm so pleased things are getting sorted for you. I hope you manage to get some rest tonight. :) I'll be thinking of you and Charlie in the morning.

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Hi

 

We took Charlie to the vets (Ashleigh) first thing this morning and he was taken in for blood tests immediately. His condition was deteriating and the vet was very worried.. giving him only a 20 - 30% chance of recovery. An awful thing to hear.

 

I've just had a call form the vet to say the first set of blood tests are back and they have showed that Charlie is Anaemic. Apparently a healthy Macaw has a blood level of between 45-50. Charlie's blood level is 6.

 

The vet has some artificial blood available to use for an immediate transfusion and we've instructed him to go ahead right away. Apparently this will make Charlie feel much better. Now we just have to wait for the results of the remaining blood test, as the vet appears to think the initial prognosis of Psittacosis may be incorrect.

 

At this point we're not really sure what to expect, but are taking some comfort in the knowledge the transfusion will at the very least make Charlie feel better within himself.

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Guest Jane Doe

He's in the best place, sounds like they are doing all they can to find out what's wrong with him, hopefully the other bloods will come back quickly then so they can sort out treatment. I know how you feel and it's awful but at least everything possible is being done for him, sending postive and healing thoughts to him.

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At this stage and given the prognosis all you can do is hope for the best . Anaemia in it self is not a life threatening condition , but being as low as it is will cause Charlie to be very lethargic . No doubt you will have been told the next few hours will be critical , but once a start has been made on improving the haemoglobin level with the blood transfusion , & with good nutrition the picture should improve . Then it will give them time to find what is causing Charlie`s anaemia and treat him !

Here hoping for a good outcome

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So sorry to hear about this. I hope that he gets well quickly and all turns out well. It will be a relief once you know what the underlying cause of the anaemia is and that will give you a more definite prognosis. It's probably difficult for the vet to say what the prognosis is without knowing what the cause is.

 

Very best wishes and thinking of you and him. Poor little love.

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hi again, i am pleased that you are making progress, lets hope that the original diagnosis was wrong as this maybe easier to treat, fingers crossed for you.

 

 

sam xx

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I really hope that Charlie starts to feel better and that you get some positive news. I know how awful the waiting is but he's in the very best place. We're thinking of you both, Clare x

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He is just soooo gorgeous!!

 

Any more updates from the vets? Since his prognosis of 20-30% chance was made before they found his PCV was so low, and now that they have addressed that, then I'd imagine his chances are higher now. Once they find the underlying cause, then as long as it's curable he's home and dry!

 

Still got everything crossed. Have to say though - it makes even walking very difficult!! :wink:

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I think that at present no news is good news it`ll take a while before the blood transfusion stabilises his condition and the vets were not intending to give an up dated prognosis untill the morning !

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The poor little chap, I hope everything went okay.

 

Hi Parrotlady - good to see you about :)

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