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Old 02-25-2015, 07:52 AM
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Hello everyone!

I have two budgies Chiaki and Daisy. Chiaki is very ill right now. He is 6 years old. Just the day before yesterday at night he began wheezing and breathing through his mouth. I'm at university away from home so I haven't observed any of this myself!
Anyway my mom called me up to tell me that he's ill. They stay in a remote village (I'm from India). There are absolutely no vets around even in the cities! (We don't have doctors for humans only) So I'm really helpless here.

I asked a friend's friend who is studying to become a veterinarian and she told me to give him Ofloxacin O2 and Visyneral. My mom got Ofloxacin OZ instead of O2 (I don't know if there is a difference) and when she was giving it to him the second time yesterday night he reacted badly (He has to be given two drops of it everyday). After she put him in the cage he immediately collapsed on the floor and started flapping his wings. Was that a seizure or just a reaction to the medicine? She picked him up and gave him water and then he became fine. Now she's adding the medicine to his water cause she's scared it's too strong for him.

His behaviour is normal. He is active. But he's not eating like he usually does. Today he's stopped wheezing and he's not breathing through his mouth as often as he was yesterday and the day before.

Could anyone please help me out here or give me some tips? We would have taken him to the vet if there were any! It's a third world country so please don't suggest taking him to the vet. Just give me any tips, anything that could improve his condition. I just cannot imagine losing him that too when I'm not even able to be there for him. I'd appreciate any help

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Have you separated the two birds?
Many budgie illnesses are airborne and there's a good chance your other budgie will become ill also.

You can tent a sheet over the birdís cage and put a steaming kettle or pot of water under the sheet (away from the cage where the bird canít touch it) which will help clear the
birdís air passages. If you have pure eucalyptus oil, you can add a drop or two of that to the water.

You can also move the cage into the bathroom and run hot water through the shower to get the room warm and steamy. Again, the warm moist air will help your budgie breathe more easily.

Make sure your budgie is getting good nutrition. If it is ill, it is very important to ensure it is getting plenty of protein so it can build itís immunity to fight off the disease.
Hard-boiled egg, cooked or sprouted quinoa, and flax seed are good choices.


We have a member in India who found and developed a good relationship with a regular vet and together they work closely to ensure the best health and well-being of her budgies. I would suggest you make an effort to do the same.

You can contact an on-line veterinarian for help and advice with regard to treatment and medications.

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Hi..your bird looks cute from the pic. Sorry to hear about your bird's condition. How are Chiaki's poops? Are they normal and of what colour? For respiratory infections, broad spectrum antibiotics like Doxycycline and Tetracycline can be used and they are effective. I have had success with Tetracycline for one of my birds. I have no idea about the drugs which you have mentioned here.
I'm too from India and am aware of the condition of the avian vets here. Could you find a regular vet who specializes in dogs and cats? Perhaps he may have a general knowledge about birds and might help you. As FaeryBee mentioned, a member had success with a regular vet for her bird. Keep him hydrated and feed him electrolytes. You can get Electral in any medical store. Just make a solution in water and feed him 5-6 drops(perhaps more) of it, that'll keep him hydrated and also regain his strength.
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Have you separated the two birds?
Many budgie illnesses are airborne and there's a good chance your other budgie will become ill also.

You can tent a sheet over the birdís cage and put a steaming kettle or pot of water under the sheet (away from the cage where the bird canít touch it) which will help clear the
birdís air passages. If you have pure eucalyptus oil, you can add a drop or two of that to the water.

You can also move the cage into the bathroom and run hot water through the shower to get the room warm and steamy. Again, the warm moist air will help your budgie breathe more easily.

Make sure your budgie is getting good nutrition. If it is ill, it is very important to ensure it is getting plenty of protein so it can build itís immunity to fight off the disease.
Hard-boiled egg, cooked or sprouted quinoa, and flax seed are good choices.


We have a member in India who found and developed a good relationship with a regular vet and together they work closely to ensure the best health and well-being of her budgies. I would suggest you make an effort to do the same.

You can contact an on-line veterinarian for help and advice with regard to treatment and medications.

https://www.justanswer.com/pet-bird/

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Hello FaeryBee

Thank you so much for your advice!

Yes, they were separated the day before only and they are in different rooms as well. My mom tried the steam thing and it sort of helped with his breathing (I think his nose was blocked). So now he's not breathing through his mouth anymore. His tail bobbing has decreased as well. However he's still not eating as usual. He had some rice, seeds and orange. Will be giving him some hard boiled eggs tomorrow.

Anyway thanks a lot
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Hi..your bird looks cute from the pic. Sorry to hear about your bird's condition. How are Chiaki's poops? Are they normal and of what colour? For respiratory infections, broad spectrum antibiotics like Doxycycline and Tetracycline can be used and they are effective. I have had success with Tetracycline for one of my birds. I have no idea about the drugs which you have mentioned here.
I'm too from India and am aware of the condition of the avian vets here. Could you find a regular vet who specializes in dogs and cats? Perhaps he may have a general knowledge about birds and might help you. As FaeryBee mentioned, a member had success with a regular vet for her bird. Keep him hydrated and feed him electrolytes. You can get Electral in any medical store. Just make a solution in water and feed him 5-6 drops(perhaps more) of it, that'll keep him hydrated and also regain his strength.
Good Luck and keep us posted.
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Thank you
His poops are normal as usual.
Could you tell me which exact brand of Doxycycline/Tetracycline did you use? And how can I administer this to him?
Ofloxacin is similar to Baytril I suppose and I read a lot of posts about Baytril being used to treat sick budgies.

Yes thanks The Visyneral that's being given to him are multi-vitamin drops.
There are no regular vets around here too Just hope he gets better.

Thank you!
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Sania,

This list of medication formularies may be helpful for you.

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My vet recommended Azithromycin given orally for respiratory infections. It's commonly available, so you might be able to find it at a pharmacy if you can't find the others.

I'm glad that you've separated the two budgies and will watch both of them closely for changes in symptoms.

You've received great advice from others above. The only thing I would add would be to make sure that he stays warm. I don't know what your weather is like at night, but I add a heating pad to half of my Sammy's cage when he's ill to keep him warm at night. You can also use a hot water bottle under a tea towel.

Good luck and I hope that your budgie has a quick recovery!
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My vet recommended Azithromycin given orally for respiratory infections. It's commonly available, so you might be able to find it at a pharmacy if you can't find the others.

I'm glad that you've separated the two budgies and will watch both of them closely for changes in symptoms.

You've received great advice from others above. The only thing I would add would be to make sure that he stays warm. I don't know what your weather is like at night, but I add a heating pad to half of my Sammy's cage when he's ill to keep him warm at night. You can also use a hot water bottle under a tea towel.

Good luck and I hope that your budgie has a quick recovery!

Thank you so much! Will buy the Azithromycin and keep it in case the Ofloxacin doesn't work.
He was wheezing all night yesterday but today he is much better. He ate a lot and drank a lot of water and is busy preening himself now. He's not lethargic as such.
The other budgie Daisy is doing fine. She's got the cage to herself now so she's making a big mess (dumping stuff in her water).

It's very warm where they are (coastal area). It's 95 F at daytime and 72 F at night!

Thank you, will keep you all updated!
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Hello everyone!

Just giving an update.
Chiaki is getting better slowly. He's eating a bit. He's on Azithromycin as PrincipePio suggested cause my mom is afraid to give him the Ofloxacin after he reacted badly to it the day before. He had one drop yesterday night and another today morning (it's Friday noon here right now).
He was wheezing all night yesterday but today he isn't wheezing or breathing through his mouth at all. He sleeps a lot during the daytime as he doesn't get sleep at night. He's not fluffed up or anything as such and is pretty energetic.
Thank you everyone for your help I hope he recovers completely.

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