For about a week or so, Tia's appetite has been down, and she hasn't been quite as talkative and playful as she usually is. Her poops look/looked normal and she did have a bit of an appetite, so we thought she might just be feeling a bit off, like we all do sometimes...she was still displaying in the morning, eating a bit (but never gulping food down like she tends to do) and goofing around when visitors were over. But after two days of that, we made her a vet appointment,which was today.
AS I suspected, she had lost weight since her last appointment, she's only 290 grams. We give her a wide vareity of food...pellets, bean/veggie/rice mix, pasta, muffins, etc. I knew she had lost weight this week, I could feel the difference.
He said that her skin looked good, her beak looked good, her clocoa felt normal, and because she hadn't been regurgitating, she didn't need tests on her crop.
He did a fecal smear and it looked fine, although the amount she pooped was reeeeeally little.
We decided to do bloodwork, he took enough so that we could test for viruses and such if the general panel doesn't reveal anything....he had to put her under to take blood, so at the same time, I had her band cut off (which took a long time, it was really strong steel) and had her microchipped.
When he brought her to me after the microchipping, he put her down on her towel where she had been playing before he took her. My hand was resting there, and she looked around, bobbed her head a few times, said "Hello" and tipped over.
She was so groggy, she came over and put her wing over my hand and leaned into me, closed her eyes, and relaxed. Then, ten minutes later, like a switch, she stood up and started bobbing and helloing.
She's a tough girl.
She hasn't been bugging her microchip at all, which I'm really happy about.
I'm curious as to what the average cost of gas anesthetic is...they charged me $100.00 bucks, and 130.00 for the blood panel. Is that average? It seems like quite a bit, atleast for the anesthetic. Not that I regret doing it.
When I got her home, she was sleepy of course, but she took a big long drink and an hour later, at a quarter of a birdy muffin. She also ate a few peanuts and sunflower seeds, which I couldn't help but give her today, in a excess a bit. Poor girl. I'm really worried, I'm concerned that I might have brought something home on me from Guzoo Animal Farm, that roadside zoo...I stripped and showered before I touched her, and took as many precautions as I knew to take...but still....