Passing undigested seed - vets can't figure out what's wrong
My parakeet Molly has been sick for a week. Last Wednesday night and Thursday she was throwing up a lot (red and brown gunk all over her face), and so we went to see Dr. S (an avian vet). Molly wasn't keeping anything down, so she got fluids and oral anti-biotics and was sent home. However, she threw up the medicine and any seed she ate, so she went back to the vet and stayed for the next 24 hours. Crop swab did not turn up fungus or anything abnormal.
Finally, on Saturday, Molly was able to come home with a new oral anti-biotic as she stopped throwing up and was trying to eat. She was only passing liquid droppings cause of all the fluids being put into her.
Sunday I woke up and although her droppings were solidifying, there was prosso millet seed in her droppings. She was not throwing up, but was still fluffy and sleeping a lot. On Tuesday, I took her to another avian vet, Dr. L. Dr. L gave her a third, stronger, injectable anti-biotic and put her on oral anti-inflammatory medicine for a week.
So now it's Thursday again Molly's eating (pellets, oat graots, seeds, spinach, sprouts), preening, head-tucking, and foot-tucking. My other budgie Bethany cuddles and preens her. But Molly is still fluffed up, sleeping a lot, and is passing undigested seed. She's also lost weight.
Dr. L says to "wait over the weekend" and I'm going insane. I think I'm going to push for a blood test. Does ANYONE have any idea what could be wrong?
Passing whole seeds in the droppings can be a sign of Avian Gastric Yeast
a/k/a Megabacteria. The organism can be seen microscopically if it is being passed in the droppings, but not being seen does not mean that it is not there as it is not always passed. This is not something that responds to antibiotics but sometimes there is a secondary infection that needs an antibiotic.
Hey Cody - thank you so much for the response. It matches her symptoms exactly. I called Dr. L to asked if they can check for that under a microscope, and I am waiting on a call back. Feels good to be pursuing this! Thank you!
Edit: Your icon threw me for a loop because they look JUST LIKE budgies I used to own. So cute <3.