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My bird has been what appears to be open-mouth breathing for a month or 2 now. He has also been scratching a lot and I see a lot of feathers in the cage. He has been coughing a little and he is not as vocal as before. I want to know if he has air sac mites, also if he does can I just use the SCATT medication by Vetafarm without going to an avian.

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There are many diseases that can cause symptoms of respiratory stress. Air sac mites are internal and very different from mites which cause external skin and feather issues. What ever the cause of your budgies breathing really has to be diagnosed and treated by an avian vet. I don't know anything about SCATT and without a clear diagnosis it may not help but could possibly harm your bird. In birds, respiratory problems can become very serious, quickly.
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Whenever your bird is showing signs of illness like this, it is important you take them to an avian vet straight away. We are not medically trained and can only guess as to what the issue is.
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The two posters above have given you the best advice that we can give. Since many illnesses can seem to have similar symptoms, and bird owners on the forum aren’t avian vets, accurate advice cannot be given via the forum.

That would be great, and convenient if we could all just diagnose and prescribe treatment over the internet for each other, but it is not possible. There are very few conditions where this might be possible. I hope you will understand why we’re saying this.

Taking your bird to an avian vet is the best and only treatment advice we can give you. If you need help locating one in your area, let us know and we can help you!
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A month or two is a VERY long time for your budgie to have been suffering.

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.

Please be sure to update us on his condition after you've taken him in for his Avian Vet appointment.
I'm wishing your little one a full and speedy recovery.
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