Do you know the wonderful little creature known as the Budgerigar ( Melopsittacus undulatus )?
From the Psittacidae family ( yes, hook-billed parrots! ), This adorable bird is quite one of a kind, charming, and very endearing. Often underestimated because of its larger cousins and often more shimmering colors, know that the budgerigar will bring you laughter and delirium and wonderful moments just like other parrots.
On another note, as you might expect, Budgerigar can be afflicted with certain health issues just like other psittacines. Unfortunately, it sometimes happens that certain diseases are found more frequently in the same species of bird. In the case of the budgerigar, it is the kidney tumor.
A kidney tumor is a lump that localizes to the kidney and can cause one or more of the following symptoms: weight loss
( ranging from wasting to thin ), lameness ( caused by compression of the sciatic nerve by the lump ) with or without support. support of the affected limb, the opening of the pelvis to palpation, abdominal distension, polyuria, diarrhea, dyspnea, mild ataxia, paresis or paralysis of the affected limb, possible loss of sensitivity in some or all of the fingers of the affected limb, and possible self-harm one or more fingers of the affected limb. The two most common types of tumors are adenocarcinoma and nephroblastoma.
It is reported in the literature that kidney tumors are more often malignant in the male parakeet than in the female parakeet.
The “typical” case is the parakeet aged between 3 and 5 years who was doing very well in the evening before going to bed and who wakes up the next morning with paralysis or paresis of the paw, whether or not accompanied by a no. -support.
The other “typical” case is the parakeet, always aged between 3 and 5 years, presented in clinic following an episode of intense exercise during which the bird collides on an object or other. The slight accident then serves as the trigger, if I may call it that, to uncover the underlying problem. Fortunately,
Unfortunately, there is no cure for kidney tumor, which means that mass excision surgery is not indicated ( the place is too difficult to access, which makes the procedure much too risky ), and amputation of the leg is absolutely not an option, since it has no effect on the tumor itself.
On the other hand, there is a palliative treatment ( one thus calls a treatment allowing to temporarily improve the condition of the small parrot ) which can be instituted to prolong of some time the life of your parakeet. Obviously, euthanasia remains the option to consider when your little darling is not doing well at all.