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My little canary got out of s cage and landed hard in our

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My little canary got out of his cage and landed hard in our bathtub. The fall, with very little flyibg help from his wings, was about 2.5 to 3 feet.
This happened Wednesday morning and it's Friday afternoon now and he's still holding his left foot up. He puts weight on it only every so often, and really only when he has to.
His foot looks swollen to me but that leg is a bit deformed anyway. I'm worried it's fractured ir broken.
Can you advise 1) how long it may take to heal? 2) How long is practical to wait before I take him to the vet.
He's still eating. Hasn't had his daily bath though and is not singing like he normally does.
Please help. I'm in Australia so I don't know when/if you'll see this.
Thank you.
Vickie
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, Vickie. I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your situation, and wanted to help.

Now if he is still favouring this leg after these few days (a sign of pain and something prey species don't show unless it really hurts), then I am quite concerned about him and do think a vet visit is in order now. That way we can just get him onto bird safe pain relief urgently and prevent him from suffering. As well, his vet will be able to palpate +/- xray that foot to determine if we have a fracture or just severe bruising. If there is a break, it can take 4-6 weeks to heal, but we of course need to make sure it is aligned properly else risk permanent deformation of his leg and likely long term lameness and pain. So, this is a serious situation for Wiley Bolder and if he is this lame and swollen still then we'd really want this checked even with his trying to pretend all is well.

Just in case, you don't have a specialist avian vet, you can check where you can find one at near you at http://www.aav.org/search/, and http://www.aavac.com.au/localvet.html

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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