I just posted a thread about Rio my budgie being put to sleep due to what the 'avian' vet thought was fatty liver and neurological disease.
The next afternoon I got home to find Homer, my yellow boy, doing exactly the same panting and lifting of wings as Rio! His cere also seems discoloured. Seeing Moe and Buzz were not doing it and due to what had happened with Rio I did not put it down to the summer in the tropics and rang a DIFFERENT vet immediately. Homer was mouth breathing the whole time and getting worse. Luckily the vet was still open (only just) and when I told the receptionist what had happened to Rio she said to bring Homer straight in.
This is an avian vet I have seen before and what a difference. I felt so bad I had Rio put down after seeing this vet and wondered why I didn't get a second opinion. Hindsight .....
She weighed him and he was 40g, healthy. She showed me how to feel his liver, which was not enlarged (told her about Rio having supposed fatty liver). Said his faeces were not looking like any liver disease and looked healthy. Healthy vent, good keel etc.
Long story short she said it seems to be a respiratory tract infection and to save doing bloods on him which were expensive (since I'd spent hundreds already on Rio) and to cover all the bases she would given him a Doxycycline injection for things like chlamydia and other things as well.
Good news is he is so much better the next day. He is to go back for an injection for several more weeks once a week.
She mentioned environmental factors as a possibility for the difficulty breathing. I have a new cleaner who uses BLEACH in the showers and I only thought of it later that the birds have out of cage time in my sister's room every weekend and basically sit on top of her shower the whole time
So I'm wondering could bleach cause a respiratory infection that responds to antibiotics?? I just don't want my other birds getting sick as well (so far they are all good).
Any ideas? I'm so glad he's responding to the antibiotic injection but with just losing Rio and now Homer sick I'm so confused and have very mixed thoughts and emotions. Any insight appreciated.