Greeting everybody. My Budgie Tlaseseyan got a respiratory infection, which the vet said was minor, and I gave him his antibiotics. By day 6-7 it had almost cleared up. By day 10 he had no more symptoms. That was I believe 2 months ago, and this hurts, but I think he got the same illness again. The first time I could tell something was wrong because of the brown staining above his cere, and now he has the same staining as before. I don't know what happened and how he got sick again. At first I thought the news paper I had had in his cage had dust, or bacteria or something, so I immediately stopped using newspaper. For a month now I've just been using new printer paper. The only thing that I can think of that might have made him sick was that last weekend my teenage sister did her nails in the kitchen, which is on the other side of the house, and she used a glue that smelled like horrible chemicals and gave me a headache since it spread to every room by the AC. I scolded her and told her to never do that again because of my birds and that they have sensitive lungs. Apart from that I have no idea. I change there paper, give them fresh seeds and water everyday, and I am trying to get them to eat pellets, which so far has been a hit and a miss with my Tlaseseyan. But his cage mate, Melody, hasn't shown any signs of sickness since we got her and she got used to her surroundings, along with Tlaseseyan. Tlaseseyan has the same staining as before and i fear it might be a recurring issue.
Did you see an avian vet? It is possible that the infection was not completely cleared the first time and needed a longer course of treatment or it is possible that the infection was secondary to something else. There are fungal issues that can cause respiratory problems and sometimes a bacterial infection will occur as well, a fungal issue will not be cleared up by antibiotics. I would take the bird back to the vet asap and have them do an exam and perhaps swab the throat and see if there is any evidence of bacteria or fungal problems there. Are his nares at all clogged or is he sneezing?
Yes, I did see an avian vet. This has me worried so I'm taking my little guy to the vet on Tuesday which is my next day off from work. I have not seen him sneeze, nor are his nares clogged, crusty, or leaking. Thanks for the replies!
I second Cody’s post. It could be that the antibiotics cleared up a secondary bacterial infection, but left the underlying issue. Occasionally, as with any animal or human, if an infection is bad enough, a second round of antibiotics is needed. But of course ask your vet what they think it is in this particular situation. All the best to you and Tlaseseyan.