The reason why I opened this topic is that I have worries about that the vet diagnosed my budgie's sickness wrongly. It started a couple of month ago when I noticed she has difficulty with breath making clicking sound. So I took her to the vet who took an x-ray on her and said she has a tumor inside at her bottom part. Also you could feel it with your hands. He suggested that she should take vitamins and said my budgie can live a long life even with this illness.
It was like 3 months ago and my budgie's condition got much worse: she is sleeping a lot, has difficulties with breathing, is being restless,there are other symptoms as tail bobbing, scratching her eyes.. But she can fly and has a good appetite.
Yesterday I saw a post on Facebook about a budgie passed away due to egg biding or something like that. And we started thinking about our budgieay have the same problem. Even if it sounds weird. Or at least it made us think the vet was wrong with the diagnosis.. It's pretty cold outside and we don't wanna take her to the vet again especially now when she is sick knowing the stress could be fatal..
If this is an adult female who has laid eggs before/(or even if not), egg binding could be a possibility. Egg binding though can usually be diagnosed by xray byan avian vet. I'd get a second opinion from an experienced avian veterinarian.
Well the vet xrayed her and he told me there is a tumor growing inside her....im wondering if the tumor can cause her long suffering like that.. And if it's the tumor not something else.. We tried to give her antibiotics which didn't help..
A tumor can cause breathing issues depending on where it is and if it is producing fluid that is filling up in the body cavity and therefore putting pressure on the air sacs. The tumor and or fluid build up takes up space in the body cavity thereby restricting the breathing ability. I have had this happen with several birds one had an ovarian tumor the other a kidney tumor. An experienced avian vet can drain the fluid and make the bird more comfortable. I used to have to take in the bird that had the ovarian tumor periodically to have the fluid drained. An antibiotic will not help unless there is a secondary infection. Was the x-ray done with contrast, if so the vet should be able to have a pretty good idea of where the tumor is and what it is attached to.
Cody has provided you with excellent information. Was the vet an Avian Vet?
I would contact the vet and see about having the tumor drained if that is possible - some tumors can be drained while others are a solid mass.
I would also recommend you give your budgie knotgrass as a supplement to her diet.