Hello everyone. First I would like to apologize for my long absence, a lot has happened in my life this past year, and I am also very sorry for this long wall of text I'm about to write. Last time I posted, it was about my budgie Akira, who sadly died after a short battle against what I first thought to be psittacosis, but now think might have been AGY. He left behind his companion Sue, who joined him shortly after, just as unexpectedly. Right before Sue's passing, I had bought her another budgie companion, Stan, since I hated the thought of her being alone. When Sue died, I was devastated and decided to keep Stan as an only budgie. He bonded with me quickly, and I love him so much. I've been terrified that he'd meet the same fate as Sue and Akira, and a few days ago, I found out that he not only has AGY, which I've feared for months, but also internal parasites. As you can imagine, I was very upset. I can't stop thinking about the worst possible outcome. So I would like some help and advice, if you can.
Stan now takes the medicine Megabac, which I put in his water. Is Megabac usually effective against AGY? I read that Megabac is not good for them, which made me very worried. I read something on here about sodium benzoate, and somewhere else, I read that thyme and apple cider vinegar also help. I'm getting a bit panicked thinking about everything that might happen, so I'll end this here now and might add other things later.
Please, if you have any helpful advice - anything that the vets might have forgotten to mention - I would greatly appreciate it. I just want him to recover. Thank you.
Please accept my condolences for your loss of Akira and Sue.
I'm very sorry to hear little Stan has AGY.
We have several great articles regarding AGY and I highly recommend you start him on Sodium Benzoate.
You won't use the ACV at the same time that he's on the Sodium Benzoate regimen nor should you use ACV when he's on any type of antibiotics. It's fine to give him Thyme.
If you have questions after reading the information in these links, please be sure to ask.
Thank you so much for your kind words, and thank you so much for the info. I read the links you provided. Do you think that I should give him both Megabac and sodium benzoate? Maybe that said in the links - I thought I read them thoroughly, but maybe I missed something.
No, the Megabac is mixed in with his water.
I will keep you posted on his condition - as of now, he is still the happy, hyperactive budgie he's been since I got him, which makes me feel a bit better about the whole situation. As I'm typing this, he's preening my fingers.
Mixing the Sodium Benzoate in the water along with the Megabac should be fine.
Sodium Benzoate is bitter so start with just 1/8 teaspoon in 8-10 oz of water so he can get used to the taste.
Make sure he continues to drink. If not, then just use the Megabac for now.
Thank you! I will start putting sodium benzoate in the water. Thank you so much - knowing that other budgie owners are supporting me in this, it means a lot to me. Stan is my treasure, and I'm going to get him through this if it's the last thing I do.
I noticed something else on Stan (I'm not sure if I should make a new thread for this one - please let me know in that case). His cere looks a little strange to me. It was hard to get a good picture - but I got one that is fairly decent.
(I hope I did that right) Do you think I should call the vet about this?
Edit: I'm sorry, my brain is not working at the moment and I can't seem to figure out how to insert the image, haha. A little help?
Photobucket is messing with me - for some reason I can't create an account, haha. The image of Stan that I tried to include showed him with a white streak across his cere - like it was starting to flake? (I'm sorry, I'm terrible at explaining things.) But it seems to be gone now, strangely. Now his cere looks normal. Maybe I'm just worrying about nothing.