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I got my two senegals chipped yesterday as part of the never ending process of immigration to Canada.

 

I rang two vets before and asked if they woud be anaesthetised for the procedure as I believe this should be done only in emergencies. Both said no, but as one said they would be given shots at the same time, and when I queried what shots he admitted he thought I wanted Bengal cats chipped!, I decided against them.

 

I took them to my normal specialist avain vet in the end, who looked a little relieved that it wasnt the macaws (!) and said he might give them a little light gas for chipping. I explained I only wanted that if absolutely necessary as I don't forget Lisa's nightmare a few months ago with "gas". But I had to sign the consent form anyway.

 

He asked me which was which, then when I told him Pip doesn't have many feathers, he wrote on the form, Pip BALD, in massive letters (poor little mite!!) Then he took them away and I waited.

 

When he came back, he said he did them both without gas as I asked, and Pip had held really still and was fine. He said Coral had struggled so had bled a bit. I took them home and was dismayed to see Coral was red where she is usually yellow. Lots of dried blood and what looked like a big "clot".

 

She is fine today, she has cleaned it all up, but now I feel so guilty because if he had gassed her, she would have been perfectly still and this wouldn't have happened. She has also developed a limp, but as she gets a limp every time she is told off for fighting with Pip, Im not too worried about that.

 

Perhaps a case of vet really does know best sometimes?

 

Rachel :cry:

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Guest Jane Doe

Look at it the other way, if she had died under the aneasetic you'd be beside yourself, sounds like she's feeling better already.

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He said Coral had struggled so had bled a bit. I took them home and was dismayed to see Coral was red where she is usually yellow. Lots of dried blood and what looked like a big "clot".

 

She is fine today, she has cleaned it all up, but now I feel so guilty because if he had gassed her, she would have been perfectly still and this wouldn't have happened. She has also developed a limp, but as she gets a limp every time she is told off for fighting with Pip, Im not too worried about that.

 

Perhaps a case of vet really does know best sometimes?

 

Rachel :cry:

After Merlin had had his ring removed, we asked the vet about chipping him.

He said he didn't like chipping birds at all, and if we insisted he would only do it under gas, for exactly that reason - the possibility of bleeding or worse.

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I am sorry about Coral. It is always a tough choice, and though many birds are done with no anaesthetic, I would be open to it if I thought a procedure would stress a particular bird.

I hope your guilt has gone, sometimes we just don't know what to do for the best. But we have the best interest of our birds in our hearts at the time. You did what you thought was right

Damned if you do and, if you don't.

I hope she is okay and stopped the limping?

 

Best of luck with your move... I am so glad that you have the love and courage? sorry don't know what words to use :) To move your whole family.

Best of luck.... lovely house too :)

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Hi everyone, thanks for the replies.

 

Coral seems better this evening, she has cleaned herself up and the limp is not as pronounced. But she has been (understandably) moving from biting me, the nasty mum that took her in the first place, to being a velcro bird wanting constant lovers.

 

It's such a hard choice, the fear of them getting out and not being able to be easily identified v the stress of chipping. But the Canadian govt took that choice and made it for me!

 

Although she did laugh through you've been framed with me this evening, so perhaps she's getting over it.

 

Rachel

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