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Thanks for everyone's advice!! I'll try iodine until I can phone a vet tomorrow from WGS Hamm's list. (I do live in Croydon, would love to know how you found out!)
Thanks again for caring about my little bird!
Elizabeth
Thanks for everyone's advice!! I'll try iodine until I can phone a vet tomorrow from WGS Hamm's list. (I do live in Croydon, would love to know how you found out!) Thanks again for caring about my little bird!

Iodine is toxic.
You had 4 days in which to phone the vet.
Finding you was easy. I googled for your email address, found your web page about caring for all animals and being a vegetarian etc. Also your posting host search on whois told me what area you are in. Simple really.
Imagine you have an open wound on the ball of your foot. Imagine your parent not taking you to see a doctor, but mucking about with iodine, which by the way stings like bloody crazy as well as being toxic to birds, and not taking you to the doctor for a simply course of antibiotics, but making you wait a week or two and making you walk on the wound regardless of the pain. You openly declare your love of animals to the extent that you are a vegetarian, yet you prevaricated 4 days taking your canary to the vet even though it has a painful sore on its foot and needs antibiotics. I suppose it is simple enough to talk about caring for animals, a bit harder to practice it though.
A) The iodine advice was posted on this group, after I posted I searched online to check and found that although birds need iodine it may be toxic sometimes.
B) That site is out of date. I am now a working person and loading newsgroups is not something I can do from work - I was at home that morning letting in the gas engineer to fix the hot water tank. I logged into the group again today, and have been checking on my bird's foot every day. It is no worse, nor is there any open wound,. As I explained my vet told me that I could bring her in if I liked, but they wouldn't really know how to "treat that sort of thing", and the receptionist made it sound as though it would be totally pointless. It seemed more relevant to try bird lovers to see what they could suggest.
Thanks for your help, but until you know the full circumstances of my very recently changed lifestyle, you aren't really in a position to criticise. I will need to find a vet that DOES actually feel they know how to treat it, get time off from work - and apparently update my website so that people searching for information about me aren't misinformed.

I do feel bad about her foot, she is my favourite bird, but I haven't really had time to do anything yet, I have my own problems that I can't take time off work for. I'm getting to her as fast as I can, and tomorrow morning armed with your list I will phone round and find out what I might do.

Elizabeth
A) The iodine advice was posted on this group, after I posted I searched online to check and found that ... to dicvoer your whereabouts so that I could supply a relevant list of avian qualified vets. Was that a problem?

You have a pet, you have a duty to get it prompt veterinary care. Make an appointment for a saturday morning, or lunchtime or after 6 pm as some do early evening surgeries. How do you imagine other people who work full time manage to get proper care for their pets?
I do feel bad about her foot, she is my favourite bird, but I haven't really had time to do ... is excuses as to why you cannot get your pet the proper veterinary care it needs for a painful injury.

Too bad.
We all have stuff happen in our lives, nobody I know of has bags full of money and hours of time to spare yet making excuses as to why a pet cannot get veterinary care is as daft as a mother making excuses as to why she couldn't take her sick baby to a doctor IMO.
I hope you do get the bird proper treatment but in my bones I feel you will not.
Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone. Quit throwing rocks Pam. A "Take the bird to the vet would suffice"
Dave
You openly declare your love of animals to the extent that you are a vegetarian, yet you prevaricated 4 days ... antibiotics. I suppose it is simple enough to talk about caring for animals, a bit harder to practice it though.

Some people love using BIG words even though they might not understand their import.
A simple definition of ' prevaricate ' is to lie or tell untruths. You didn't perhaps mean to say
' procrastinate ' did you?
Stroud.
Try some aloe. If possible, use some natural perches, of varying widths. Also, add some flax seed, and milk thistle to the diet. Feed fresh foods high in vitamin A.
Regards
Regards
You openly declare your love of animals to the extent ... caring for animals, a bit harder to practice it though.

Some people love using BIG words even though they might not understandtheir import. A simple definition of ' prevaricate ' is to lie or tell untruths. You didn't perhaps mean to say ' procrastinate ' did you?

I don't have any idea where you heard this meaning of the word. In English it means not taking the direct route but to dally and avoid. Taken from the Oxford English dictionary.
prevaricate
/privarrikayt/
. verb avoid giving a direct answer when asked a question.

- DERIVATIVES prevarication noun prevaricator noun.

- ORIGIN originally in the sense transgress: from Latin praevaricari 'walk crookedly, deviate'.
A simple definition of ' prevaricate ' is to lie or tell untruths. You didn't perhaps mean to say ' procrastinate ' did you?

I don't have any idea where you heard this meaning of the word. In English it means not taking the ... question. - DERIVATIVES prevarication noun prevaricator noun. - ORIGIN originally in the sense transgress: from Latin praevaricari 'walk crookedly, deviate'.

Nice try at evading the issue. My Oxford dictionary gives the following definition: Make evasive or misleading statements, quibble, equivocate. The origin as you say is L. praevaricari = walk crookedly. Nothing at all about avoiding a direct answer. That must be your interpretation.
Dallying and avoiding the direct route likewise.
Stroud.