One of by budgies has an ear infection. He shows visible discomfort only sometimes, his left ear is almost completely exposed, and today I see that the surrounding feathers are stained green from it. He had the same thing appear about two months ago, and i gave him a drip of oil in his ear (said it would detach mites) and it went away completely, all feathers back a week later. I have tried to get a better look inside, but I don't see and traces of mites or mold. They also have a mite and lice protector on their cage. If it is bacterial, the site (Carebudgies) said to drop medication meant for human otitis media (middle ear infection) and so i searched a lot of stores, but realized they don't sell antibiotics over the counter. I'm really looking for advice, a vet visit is not an option for me currently. Should i give him another drop of oil?
We can not give you advice with regard to self-medicating your bird. That is a practice that Talk Budgies does not condone.
A professional Avian Vet needs to diagnose and prescribe the best treatment for your budgie.
Not seeking professional assistance when your bird(s) are ill, puts them at extreme risk.
Trying to self-medicate using the information you find on-line or in a pet-store can often make matters much worse.
Using human medication on a bird without professional advice is very unwise, the strength of the medication is not meant for such a small animal.
I suggest you ask your Avian Vet to set up a payment plan for you.
For the future, it is important to have an emergency medical fund so you will always have the financial means to get the care for your budgies that they need.
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.
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Yes, the issue is financial, i am in a really bad place right now. I feel so bad that I am so powerless in this situation, since I am too you to take them to the vet myself. Tiki doesnt seem in pain, but the fact that he is like this made me depressed for the past weeks. His behaviour is normal and he is chirping with Rico at the moment. There is nowhere I could even give him up too... I am saving up as much money as I can and getting a summer job to afford vet care. I have 60$ right now. I am so sorry and i feel as if i dont deserve budgies anymore. If anyone has any advice please
I don't have any additional advice to add but wanted to give you a word of encouragement. I can tell you care very much about your sweet birds. It is hard to see them sick and suffering. I am keeping you in my prayers.