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Old 04-25-2020, 04:32 PM
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We discovered yesterday that we could get curbside pickup from Bed Bath & Beyond, so we bought a 1 Gal humidifier and it really helped right away! Jojo seemed more relaxed. We get low humidity where I live.

The vet was only booking appointments 24 hours in advance and we saw the vet this morning. Fortunately it was a warm spring day and don't worry, Jojo had two towels and a fleece blanket while in a cardboard box.

The vet thought that we had plateaued on Enrofloxacin and to give him a one week break. We'll see how that goes and try something else if necessary. We discussed all the options and he treated Jojo there for air sac mites with Ivermectin. We have to go back for a follow up treatment in ten days.

I was really impressed by how fast it worked and even Jojo looked confused. He stopped clicking as hard by the time we got home about 45 minutes later. He was unfazed by the vet visit. He chowed down on his food and chilled on one leg. His body is working less hard.

I can't believe it. I'm having so much shoulda woulda coulda. I feel bad that he suffered perhaps unnecessarily for an extra week and a bit. I had everything going--a visiting vet tech, the heating pad, every trick in the book--but it can't defeat mites.

I washed their things in hot soapy water this afternoon and the rest with Mango Pet cleaner this afternoon. I guess there's always a first time for everything Thank you for your support and I will post updates.

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That's good news, if all the clicking is being caused by air sac mites then he is on the mend, please make sure that you keep the follow up appointment no matter how good Jojo seems to be, because of the life cycle of the mites, multiple treatments are needed.
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I agree with Cody - it's very important to do the follow-up appointment(s).

I'm glad to hear that JoJo is showing some improvements already!
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Hi guys, thank you! It's so wild, but Jojo was ripping it up tonight. I can't believe he went from gasping for air to kinda his old self again. I will definitely go to the follow up. Jojo has no expense spared...when I can't get a ride from hubs, we take a cab :-)
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Hi group, we took Jojo to have his follow up dose on Monday. He became stressed and we had to take him home without getting the treatment done.

Long story short, having a sick pet in a pandemic stinks for all parties

Communication is done by phone and while I was waiting in the car, I received a call that he was "rapidly declining". Yikes! I had a budgie die from stress at the vet, so I had to just get him. Once we got home, he promptly preened and ate.

I also found out that Jojo was underweight. From March 7 to April 25, he had lost 12 grams. From April 25 to May 4, he had lost three! Yikes! The vet I spoke with on April 25 said that he had lost some weight, but just not how much. If I had known that, I would have had my helper over. I had my helper over anyway. Jojo had three daily handfeedings of Harrison's Juvenile Formula and his appetite increased a lot after yesterday's.

I'm not sure how to get him his follow up treatment, but he's chirpy and doing good even though he looks awful. His head became sticky from the enrofloxacin and he rubbed his head too much on the swing.

I'll keep up with the heating pad and such and see if there's a mobile vet that can come to us in these times. I wish, I so wish that I had the parasite treatment done at the end of March or when I first posted. Jojo might have had a little more weight on him then to be able to handle stress. I trusted the vet a lot and thought I was doing the right thing.
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Sorry he could not get the treatment, Ivermectin can be given by injection or by putting a drop of it on the skin, do you know which method was being used? Maybe you can talk to the vet and see if they can give you enough so you can do the skin application at home. How much does he currently weigh he has lost a tremendous amount of weight in a couple of months.
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When I spoke to the vet on April 25, they said it was oral. They make it up at the clinic fresh and then throw it away (that is what they told me when I asked on April 25).

Jojo weighed 45 grams on March 7, 33 grams on April 25 (but I didn't know that) and 30 grams on May 4th.

The appointment did coincide with a severe change in weather. When that happens, he usually doesn't eat for a few days. He ate half an apple slice yesterday and really chowed down today, so I think he'll pick up weight again.

There is a mobile vet that I have used in the past, but I'm not sure if they would come out. I'll email the regular vet and see if I can get the Ivermectin. My helper could administer it.

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You can purchase treatment for JoJo on-line through Amazon or Lady Gouldian Finch.

Use the SCATT product which is one drop applied on the back of the neck between the feathers.

SCATT for Bird Mites - Spot On Treatment
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Thanks FaeryBee, I will see if I can buy that too. It never hurts to have that stuff on hand!
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Just to give an update--Jojo is still tweeting on the terra. The vet was able to give me three pre-drawn syringes of Ivermectin and he had one last weekend. He is much peppier and I'll have my helper weight him after the third one. I think he is gaining weight. His feathers are growing back where he rubbed them off.

He is still clicking, but not as bad. Jojo is so challenging--he just totally rips up the budgie manual, LOL!
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