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Old 12-22-2016, 07:26 AM
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My new budgie was exposed to second hand smoking two days before I got it. The person who gave it to me didn't know it's harmful to them. But now I'm panicking about it and it's driving me paranoid. I'm imagining bobbing tail while it's just trembling because it's still scared of it's new home I think. Are two days of second hand smoking enough to cause a respiratory infection? And if it doesn't show any signs of illness after that, does it mean it's safe or it can show up later?

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I doubt that only two days of sharing the same space with a smoker will have such serious health consequences. I assume the person didn't smoke directly onto the budgie.
If your budgie is acting normal, eating and pooping well, doesn't have laboured breathing nor discharge on the cere isn't puffed up or sleepy all the time, then all should be well.
Try not to freak out, chances are high your budgie is perfectly fine.
For peace of mind, you can always take your budgie to the avian vet for the first wellness check.
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I believe the same as what aluz told you. Though it's always good practice whenever we get a new bird, to take it to an avian vet for a general wellness exam regardless of the circumstance.

Hard to believe the last owner honestly "didn't know it was harmful". With all the health warnings about cigarettes, it should be common sense that doesn't just mean it's bad for humans.

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Thank you both for your answers, I feel relieved now. He doesn't show any signs of illness beside being really skittish which is normal.

It wasn't it's owner, it's a friend who bought it for me as a present and he kept him two days before he gave him to me. He never had birds so he couldn't really know :/

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I'm sure your budgie will be just fine

To help his airways feel better, you can always put a diffuser or a humidifier with a few drops of 100% Pure Eucalyptus Oil in it
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Thank you! I'll take that into consideration!
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