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Okay so I'm feeling really really anxious for my birds right now. They are both bonded now and I went through proper quarantine with Petal. But now the birds are sneezing, or really Petal is sneezing quite a lot, wet sneezes. I'm not so worried about Belle but she has dry sneezed occasionally. I don't have access to an avian vet, but the vet I go to regularly treats birds as they get a lot of wild life in the clinic. So it's the best I can do, and I trust them. Anyway other than the sneezing neither of the budgies are showing any other symptoms at all, honestly they appear to be perfectly healthy.

I took them to my vet, and he gave them a shot of antibiotics to see if that would help. He doesn't think it's an upper respiratory infection because there aren't any other symptoms but they got a shot of antibiotics to see if that would help. It hasn't. I contacted them again and the only other thing my vet thinks it could be is psittacosis. Basically he said I could go ahead and treat them for psittacosis to see if that helps, which would mean an injection every week for about 6 weeks. Or I can go get them tested for psittacosis. Since it's really just Petal sneezing, if the tests turn up negative then the vet will conclude that she is just a very sneezy budgie like that. I have had a very sneezy budgie in the past, there was nothing wrong with her, it's just how she was.

My other option is to just leave them be.

Of course I want to go get them tested because I don't want to be injecting my birds if I don't have to, money is the issue. I swear animals like to get sick at the worst time possible as I currently have expenses from my other animals to pay right now and everything is kind of just piling up all at the one time.

I'm not really sure what I'm trying to achieve with this post, I could just really use some support right now I'm really freaking out and trying hard to weigh up all my options.

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I believe you should get at least Petal tested for psittacosis.

Ask the vet if you can set up a payment plan.
If that isn't possible, then borrow the funds from a family member or close friend and pay them back as soon as possible.

For the future, you may want to set up an emergency fund for your birds to ensure you will be able to pay for any medical care necessary without worry.

I will be praying that both your little ones are healthy.

Please be sure to update us on their condition after the test.

In the meantime, it would be a good idea for you to use a warm mist humidifier in the room with the budgies.
You can put a drop of 100% pure eucalyptus essential oil in the water.
If the sneezing is due to dry air, dust, etc. the additional humidity will help to alleviate the problem.
Using the eucalyptus oil will help to open the airways as well.
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I believe you should get at least Petal tested for psittacosis.

Ask the vet if you can set up a payment plan.
If that isn't possible, then borrow the funds from a family member or close friend and pay them back as soon as possible.

For the future, you may want to set up an emergency fund for your birds to ensure you will be able to pay for any medical care necessary without worry.

I will be praying that both your little ones are healthy.

Please be sure to update us on their condition after the test.

In the meantime, it would be a good idea for you to use a warm mist humidifier in the room with the budgies.
You can put a drop of 100% pure eucalyptus essential oil in the water.
If the sneezing is due to dry air, dust, etc. the additional humidity will help to alleviate the problem.
Using the eucalyptus oil will help to open the airways as well.
Thanks, I actually do have a vet fund for my animals but, I had to dig into that quite a bit recently for my other pets unfortunately.
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I can't see how the test (which I'd do) can be terribly expensive. I'm no fan of vets that use anti-bios for "anything". I'd just test Petal. Good luck & update.
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I agree with Faery, you should get Petal tested, and you should make sure your air isn't too dry, especially if you live in a area with low humidity. Also, keep your budgie warm and relaxed. If your budgie is acting cold, cover three sides of his cage with a blanket.

Here is an article about psittacosis: https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...rot-fever.html
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Thanks so much on your answers, I've been reading up on psittacosis and learned that it's possible for it to show no symptoms at all, so I'm going to get both the birds tested just to be on the safe side. And I talked to my vet, and I can actually get antibiotics in their water if they need it, so if the tests come back positive I'll be giving them antibiotics that way so they don't have to be brought into the vet and get a shot every week because that would be terribly stressful on them. If the tests come back negative, I'll continue to moniter the birbs but if they continue to show no other signs of illness then I'll conclude that it's simply allergies. We are in allergy season atm in australia, and even I was having extremely severe hay fever for a while. Fortunately it's autumn now so when winter comes we get a lot of rain and that will hopefully help . I don't have the money for a humidifier atm, (coz of the tests) But I know steam can help. If I had a bowl of boiled water in the room would that help them? Of course only when the birds are safely in their cage. Just perhaps that may help with the humidity? Also I think I will start adding apple cider vinegar to their water. Just a drop or two right? and can I do this daily?
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Yes, you can use a pot or kettle of boiling water in the room to add humidity and can also add the eucalyptus oil to that.

With regard to your questions on ACV, all you need to know with regard to the amount to use and the frequency is explained in this link:

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-holi...r-vinegar.html
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