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Old 01-03-2016, 01:25 PM
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Hello all,

My lil budgie Marley (2yrs) has been sick for a while..6 weeks antibiotics in august because of regurgitating. Mid December it started again, more antibiotics and after the recommended 2 weeks my vet followed up and suggested me to bring her back in because she was still wet sneezing, sleeping a lot and shaking her head constantly.

So back at the vet yesterday, new antibiotics for 30days. She moved and I missed half the dose last night but this morning it got in and she's started choking. Had liquid filling her nostril (gone now), choking sounds. Called the vet they said she could have aspiration pneumonia but they were full and couldn't take her today but to call emergency clinic. The closest one I found is 1h30min away from home When I called them, they told me to monitor her if she starts taking long breaths to bring her in.

Shes talking a bit and sleeping a lot but 2h later still sneezing quite a bit. She has eaten since but is there anything I can do to help her feel better faster? And should I give her the second dose tonight?

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Old 01-03-2016, 01:46 PM
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I've heard that using steam can help....you could take her in the bathroom while you shower......or..... I believe others have used a warm mist humidifier near the cage.....I think the cage is suppose to be partially covered if you use this method. Some others more qualified can be more useful with the information.

Also...... I always take my budgies in the bathroom with me while I shower....my one budgie will get little pieces of shell from seeds stuck in her nostrils sometimes and this always clears her nostrils right up....I know, totally different situations!
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Thanks for the advice! I'll try the humidifier, shes not allowed in my bathroom anymore because she keeps trying to eat the silicone in front of my mirror or chews on the sink!
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Old 01-03-2016, 01:57 PM
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You can read this old TB post....different situation but I think the advice might help you out! https://talkbudgies.com/diseases-illn...ck-budgie.html

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Thanks for the advice! I'll try the humidifier, shes not allowed in my bathroom anymore because she keeps trying to eat the silicone in front of my mirror or chews on the sink!
Is her cage small enough to take in the bathroom? And given that she's under the weather, do you really think she'd still chew on anything?
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Is her cage small enough to take in the bathroom? And given that she's under the weather, do you really think she'd still chew on anything?

Yes her cage is big enough to carry, I hadn't thought of that!

2h ago she wouldn't have but since she ate she's gotten a bit more energy even though she's still sneezing and clearing her throat I wouldn't put it passed her to try! When she's feeling great she walks/runs to the bathroom and shrieks at me in front of the vanity because she cant fly high enough to get on it lol

Thank you so much for the great advice on the other thread, ill try the tips. She's had respiratory issues for a good 6months and they aren't leaving, they keep coming back Even her avian vet isn't sure but she told me the testing they do at the clinic wouldn't give accurate enough results id have to go to the emergency clinic that's very far. As much as she loves traveling, I think 1h30 would be too stressful for her...
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I'm so sorry to hear your little budgie is so sick.
Can you hold her up by your ear to see if you hear a "clicking" noise when she breathes?

She may have aspirated some of the liquid into her lungs this morning which could be why she's coughing or, as indicated by the emergency clinic, she may have pneumonia.
Can you get her into her regular Avian Vet tomorrow morning?
I'd call them back and indicate she needs to be seen as soon as possible tomorrow to determine if it is pneumonia. If the Avian Vet can't take care of the necessary tests at her office, then I would strongly recommend you make the trip to the Emergency Clinic in order to get your budgie the proper diagnosis and treatment protocol.

To help with respiratory issues, you can put your budgie’s cage in the bathroom when you run hot water through the shower so the cage is in the hot steamy air -- that will help open the airways.

Another option is to tent the cage with a sheet and place a pot or kettle of boiling water under the sheet where your budgie is unable to touch it and allow the steam to accumulate that way. If you have pure eucalyptus oil, you can put one tiny drop into the water as that will also help to clear the airways so the budgie is better able to breathe.

I would not try to give her more medicine this evening given her condition. Instead, make sure she is warm and try to keep her hydrated. Make sure she has fresh water available and offer her millet spray soaked in an electrolyte solution.

See the following link - if you can't get the electrolyte today, you can make your own using the recipe.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...te-recipe.html

Sending lots of positive thoughts, healing energy and prayers for your little one.
Please be sure to give us an update in this thread on her condition.

Best wishes!
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I did hear the clicking sounds this morning but its stopped after about 45min. She seems much better now. I've had the humidifier on all day, brought her in the shower with me (I think she may never let me shower without her again!) and she ate the homemade pedialyte millet. She seems to be in a great mood singing loudly (out of character but i'll take it!). Her regular avian vet is on vacation, I saw a colleague yesterday for the same reason. I'll just keep a close on her breathing for now.

I'm going to finish this round of meds and if they don't work, Ill at least have time to save up for the special tests. They said there was about 5-6 we can do at $150 a pop

Thanks all for getting me through this I was sure I had killed her by trying to keep her alive!
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I'm very glad to hear her breathing has improved.

Since she's doing so much better, you can go ahead and give her the dosage of antibiotic as scheduled.

If you haven't seen this video, perhaps it will help
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsMdnQJ1LSI

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I'm so sorry to hear your little one is so sick

It's great you've noticed her breathing and activity is better, though, and I hope sincerely that she continues to improve.

You've been given great advice from Deborah and I know you're doing everything you can to ensure that she is comfortable and on the mend

Best of wishes and we're all hoping to hear more good news!
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Please let us know how your little one is doing now? Hope she is gaining strength and the breathing issues can be put to rest totally.
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