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Bernard's bad experience #295416 05/28/08 02:29 PM
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[font:Verdana]Hi everyone, I took Bernard to the vet yesterday to have him checked and his wings trimmed. Well I couldn’t find any avian vets locally so I called a few different vets to ask if they treat birds regularly etc. finally found one that I felt comfortable with and we went there. Well the good news is that the vet said he’s healthy and in good shape. The bad news is that the vet completely manhandled him! He grabbed him out of the cage then held him and pulled his wings around, then asked his assistant to hold him while he clipped the wings. Poor Bernard was very distressed, they didn’t put a towel on his head or anything, he was biting, screaming, struggling and everything!!! I’m 22, I live with my boyfriend and I’m more grown up than most people I know that are my age, I haven’t cried for years. As soon as we got out of there I cried and sobbed, I was inconsolable for about two hours and have felt completely sick since!! Is he going to be ok? Is he going to hate me now? I just can’t believe they did that to him! I was so glad that he managed to bite them! lol :([/font]


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i am very glad the poor guy is doing good. but the way the vet handled him was NOT ok. he maybe very shy and nervous,for a while. but he will get over it,and realize that you are his freind and protector,like always, and once again. i too am glad Bernard bit the vet!

i'm sure you must be feeling bad. hope you feel better soon. smile

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Re: Bernard's bad experience [Re: Samiya] #295431 05/28/08 03:15 PM
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Thanks Samiya. I just took a picture of him eating his millet.. I'm spoiling him because I feel so bad. He's started chirping again this morning and thankfully he isn't scared of my hand in the cage (have only just started Lisa’s training tips since I only got him on Monday!) He'll not be going to the vet again until I can find a bird specialist!

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good idea. hes very pretty! i know another parakeet that looks EXACTLY like him. i'm glad to hear that he has "recovered"!

it sounds like its going to go good. and i'm glad he won't have to go through what he did if you can help it.


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Re: Bernard's bad experience [Re: Samiya] #295438 05/28/08 03:31 PM
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ill let you know they dont normally cover a birds head when they trim the wings. and the manhandling is ok. i manhandle mine daily so they are used to their wings being touched their feed everything. mine are to the point i can sit them on my knee hold thier wing and clip it with out any problems they just watch.

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i'd expect all good vets to put a towel over he birds head. and i manhandle my birds every day too,but he way CMB described it did sound rather harsh.


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Re: Bernard's bad experience [Re: Kariva] #295448 05/28/08 04:05 PM
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CBM, your little guy looks a lot like Aruba. I trimmed Aruba's wings myself. I had never done it before and just followed the direction with pictures that are somewhere here in a thread by somebody (yeah, real helpful hu?) It took me 3 times to get them to the point where they limited flight enough. The first time, I let him go and he just flew right up to the curtain rod. LOL

Even after all the handling and him getting hurt right after, he is coming around now. He still loves me and will give me kisses. smile

I am sure your little guy will be ok as well.

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Originally Posted By: Samiya
i'd expect all good vets to put a towel over he birds head. and i manhandle my birds every day too,but he way CMB described it did sound rather harsh.

Yeah, I had to manhandle him on monday because he decided to be an escapologist! lol But I just covered him and picked him up gently, he didn't bite, scream or struggle it was fine. The vet wasn't like that at all he really grabbed him and stressed him out, pulling his body around. I was prepared for him to be uncomfortable but that just seemed really wrong frown

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mine are to the point i can sit them on my knee hold thier wing and clip it with out any problems they just watch.

That is amazing! I'd love to be able to do that! How on earth do make make them comfortable with you like that??


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[quote=Aruba's-mom]CBM, your little guy looks a lot like Aruba. [/quote] I thought that too, he does look like Aruba! [quote=Aruba's-mom]just followed the direction with pictures that are somewhere here in a thread by somebody (yeah, real helpful hu?) [/quote] lol yeah, I did see that post but was worried that I’d stress him out too much… how silly of me! [quote=Aruba's-mom]The first time, I let him go and he just flew right up to the curtain rod. LOL [/quote] hahaha that’s very funny! I can only imagine how shocked you would have been! Thanks, I’m just going to give him lots of love and cuddles for now and if he needs them trimmed next time I think I’ll do it myself.


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I just made sure I had some of the stuff that stops the blood (what I got is a paste sort of stuff) out on the table right by me so if I did cut to far, I could right away dab his wing into it with out having to get it out of the tub at that time. It meant I wasted what I had squirted out and ready but I don't care!

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