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Old 12-15-2016, 04:52 PM
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Lately my budgie Smol has been panting. I figured it was due to stress because I'd notice it around his cage, but now I'm a bit worried. He still sneezes every once and a while, and he seems a little lethargic today. (Although I was at work most of the day so it could be he's just sleepy right now)

There's no other signs of sickness, he's eating properly, his droppings are normal, and he doesn't noticeably bob his tail.

Here's a video of what he's been doing: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9u4u0jcghs...810~2.mp4?dl=0

And there are faint clicking noises.. which is scaring me the most. I'm ready to contact the vet but I just want to make sure.

It seems like he was just sleepy when I got home, he had a nap and is acting normal again. But I am still worried about that panting thing.


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Old 12-15-2016, 05:13 PM
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When budgies pant, if we are close enough we can listen to the normal panting sound. From the video, the panting doesn't seem to be a cause for concern and by the end of it, your budgie has combined the panting with a big yawn.
In order to reduce the stress levels, you can have Smol's cage covered on 3 sides and have some background music on for him.
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I've seen my budgie pant when he's nervous and it really freaked me out, but he was ok. He was panting one night when it was past his bedtime and also a friend of mine was over. So, the combination of his being exhausted + my friend and I staring at him... made him nervous and he was panting and a clicking sound seemed to be there along with it.

He's ok however, and he hasn't done it since. It appears it was behavioral and not physical.

I would strongly suggest that you take your bird to an Avian Vet for a basic wellness exam, if you have not done so yet.

I believe you bought Smol at Petland...? I also acquired my budgie at Petland and while they're better than Petco and PetSmart in their practices, I can tell you that my budgie came home with a condition that had to be treated; and I've seen budgies in their cages that I reported that needed vet care. If you want to put your mind at ease, I would definitely take Smol to an Avian vet for a basic exam, and also start a relationship with an Avian Vet that you can trust. ... It's truly worth the peace of mind and investment. Which at the time of the first visit, seems like a lot of money, but really isn't in the long run against all the worries you would incur without it; and the peace of mind is worth it's weight in gold.
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I've seen my budgie pant when he's nervous and it really freaked me out, but he was ok. He was panting one night when it was past his bedtime and also a friend of mine was over. So, the combination of his being exhausted + my friend and I staring at him... made him nervous and he was panting and a clicking sound seemed to be there along with it.

He's ok however, and he hasn't done it since. It appears it was behavioral and not physical.

I would strongly suggest that you take your bird to an Avian Vet for a basic wellness exam, if you have not done so yet.

I believe you bought Smol at Petland...? I also acquired my budgie at Petland and while they're better than Petco and PetSmart in their practices, I can tell you that my budgie came home with a condition that had to be treated; and I've seen budgies in their cages that I reported that needed vet care. If you want to put your mind at ease, I would definitely take Smol to an Avian vet for a basic exam, and also start a relationship with an Avian Vet that you can trust. ... It's truly worth the peace of mind and investment. Which at the time of the first visit, seems like a lot of money, but really isn't in the long run against all the worries you would incur without it; and the peace of mind is worth it's weight in gold.
So I've booked for a wellness check and he will be checked out on Monday. The only worry I have is transporting Smol. It's very cold here, (like Wednesday was almost -40f with the wind chill) so I'm wondering what the best way would be. Obviously the car will be heated, but it's the temperature change from between the car and my house/ the vet that makes me nervous. Any suggestions?
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Covering the carrier or travel cage with a heavy blanket for the short walk to the car will be just fine for keeping it insulated

After the cage is safely in the car, you can loosen the blanket around the cage so he can breathe.

Best of luck at the vet's! I hope you're able to receive a conclusive analysis of his possible illness.

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Having Smol examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in he needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for Smol to refer to should he need future treatment.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Heat the car before you take the cage out.
Wrap the cage carefully in a heavy blanket as Starling advised to ensure no cold drafts come into the cage as you are taking it out to the car.

Please be sure to update us on Smol's condition after his vet visit.

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Is there a way I can get him into the carrier without scaring him too badly?
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Gently catch him in a soft towel and place him into the carrier.
Talk to him calmly and reassuringly as you are doing so. Let him know you aren't going to hurt him and keep your voice low and soothing to help keep him calm.

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Hope the visit goes smoothly tomorrow Deanna and that the vet can give Smol a clean bill of health and put your mind at rest.
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