I think my parakeet has a sinus infection. She has a big blister-like swelling under her left eye, and some yellowish discharge from her nose. The discharge has been going on for a little while as I at first assumed it was an age-related issue, but the swelling popped up over yesterday and today, which I assume is a sinus infection.
I understand normally I would go to an avian vet, but I am not sure that she is in any condition to go on a 45 minute car ride (one way) and be handled. She is not handle-able at all, and I am afraid that the stress would be too much for her. When she is stressed, because of the discharge, she squeaks when she breathes, and I don't want her to not be able to breathe during the ride or the visit, or to die of fright if she is handled by the vet. When she is not stressed, she breathes normally.
She is also older, which wouldn't help with the stress either. My best guess is 8 or 9 years, but I was never told the age when she was given to me. I have had her for four years. She is definitely a senior and puffs up and naps frequently, and doesn't fly as much as she used to. I do not have prior experience with senior budgies but I assume they don't take so well to stressful experiences.
She has never really been handled, as far as I know. She will come up to my hand for millet sometimes, but that's all. She does have a companion budgie though, and seems pretty happy.
Anyways, I am just wondering what some of you would do in this situation. I want to do whatever I can to help her, but I'm not sure what the best option is. Are there any home remedies that could help her out? I read about a steam bath, does this work? Or should I just take her to the vet's, regardless of how stressful it would be? I think it would be best to try what I can at home, but I don't know if home remedies can treat it? I appreciate any advice very much. TIA
I agree with FaeryBee, she needs treatment by an avian vet to clear the infection, putting it off is prolonging her discomfort and it is highly unlikely that it will resolve on its own. Do you have a small travel cage or carrier that you can put her in for the trip to the vet?
The vet prescribed Baytril, treated for mites with Ivermectin, and cleaned off her cere with a cotton swab. Her breathing sounds much better after that The vet also agreed that the steam baths were good, so I'll continue with those. Thanks for the help! She took the whole ordeal surprisingly well and didn't seem as stressed as I thought she would be, with a blanket covering her cage during the car ride.