Thank you so much for your precious help as usual, Teresa. I truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.
I'm sorry I haven't wrote here for the last 2 days, but it's been a constant run, and I didn't turn on the pc at home since monday...
Anyway, you already know the news, but I'm going to tell it here, so that the other members may know.
On monday afternoon I called my vet, that takes care of my cats, and she told me she couldn't help me because she had no formation about birds, and she didn't wanted to take a chance, specially because it was such a bad injurie. I told her about the other vet specialized in birds that I visited last year to check on Balsa, who said that he couldn't help me, because he didn't knew anything specific about pigeons, but only other birds (parrots and falcons, I supose!
) and all he did was to take out some bad feathers that he had on his injured wing, that really needed to be pulled, and nothing more.. He not even examined him well, either he showed any interest..
Anyway, my doctor advised me about a good clinic that had doctors specialized in birds. It might be a bit expensive, but it had a good service, and it might be the best option.
I called them and they said they'll be open till 8PM, so I tried to hurry. I only go out at 7PM, and the vet was still a bit far, so I left earlier, but still I couldn't make it on time, because the clinic is still a bit far from my home. I had to come back the other day...
Next day I went there earlier in the morning. Before I left home, this was the state of his leg: (
When I got to the clinic, I was amazed! As soon as I spoke to the receptionist and explained the story, she asked to see him, so I opened the bag/box where I transported him and I was really
when she fondle him in his head! I was soo happy, I felt I was at the right place, at least!! After waiting a while, I was called by the doctor, that I loved! She was really kind and very sweet, she started to check the baby right away and she was talking in a very kind way. Then she took him in her chest
and she KISSED HIM!!!
I couldn't beleive I finnaly found a good avian vet who actually cared about birds and didn't descriminate pigeons!!!
She examined his legs, touching both legs and sensing the bones with her fingers, and then she said he had multiple fractures on his injured leg: at least two in the upper part of the leg, another in the beginning of the separation between the leg and the fingers and in the fingers too. She said that the leg was deeply infected and that he had a big hemorragy as well, and that the best option would be to amputate his leg, because even if we try to do treatments, it wouldn't be enough because the blood was already very dark and dry. The problem was the multiple fracture in the upper part of the leg, she said. If it was only the rest, he had chances to cure the leg, but this was the only option seemed to be to cut to cut it all of..
When she said this, I was really sad.. I knew it might be probable, but I still beleived that there might be a chance... Poor baby....So young and suffering so much... At first, he had many pain, now he was going to be without his leg forever.......I had to say yes....If it was the only way he would survive, so be it.....
I left him there to do the surgery. Then after a few hours I called and the doctor told me the surgery went fine and that I could go there and pick him up.
When I went to pick him up I was sad and happy at the same time. Sad because he had lost his leg and there was nothing I could do, but happy because it went ok and he was not in such danger anymore.
Before I left, the receptionist (it was not the same, it was another girl) asked to put him back in the box where I was going to transport him and she kissed him before she say goodbye and that she was gonna miss him!
As soon as the baby went home, all he wanted was to eat! I'll soon post a video! hihi
He has been eating a lot and he is taking Baytril and Metacam every 24hours. Today he took off the adhesive because he kept biting it! :( But I did another, not so perfect, of course.. I saw the leg, and it seemed like it was cicatrized... Is it normal? I didn't took a pic, but I will soon.
He will visit his doctor next Friday, I'll soon post news!
I don't know if I made the right decision by letting his leg be amputated, but I think so... It breakes my heart to see him so young without his little leg.. :( But still, concerning what the doctor said, he had chances to die if not...
Thanks a lot for all of those who helped and worried about little pij!
I leave you with some pics! Talk to you all soon!
Kisses and hugs,