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We have a male budgie whos 1. !0 days ago I found him at the base of the cage face down I gave heat and humidity after 72hrs he was back perching and within another 2 days he was back to his usual self ....during his period of illness he still ate and drank but was quiet and could not perch his poop was also normal looking. The vet thought possible resp as he had tail bob after recovery for a day.

Today i found him on the cage base staggering unbalanced last night he was totally normal he has got more water poop today and no tail bobbing.
I called the vet who said to give heat humidity and give baby fruit with oats if he wont eat. (he is) and if the same tomorrow it may be kinder to put him to sleep.

Any advice and any idea on what could be wrong
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Hi,

I'm sorry you bird friend is not well.

Did you take your bird to an avian vet?
There's a difference between a regular vet and one trained to treat birds. The fact that you mentioned the vet has jumped straight into wanting to put your bird down is setting alarm bells off for me and the fact that no real treatment has been offered.

Also what did the vet do when you took your budgie in? Was it just a case of you telling him what was wrong and them making a guess at what might be wrong?
Any tests done at all?

One of the more experienced members will be able to give you some better advice when it comes to ideas to help your little bird friend.

Please don't take your bird back to that vets though.
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Welcome to the forums,

I'm sorry to hear your budgie has been so sick. Did you happen to take your budgie to an avian vet specialist for a proper examination, diagnosis and treatment plan?

From your description, that does not seem to be the case if you consulted with a regular vet (non avian) only via phone.

As for the suggestion to put your budgie to sleep, that should only be an option when there no longer is anything to be done and you run out of choices when it comes to offering effective treatment and when the quality of life is compromised with no hope of recovery.

Since for now you don't know exactly what is going on with your budgie, you really should book an appointment with an avian vet specialist as soon as possible, because your budgie has been struggling for quite some time now.

In the meanwhile and in order to give your budgie a little boost, you can soak some millet spray on electrolyte solution and keep your budgie warm.
The info on this link will be of use: https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...te-recipe.html

I'm wishing your budgie a steady and full recovery.
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I live in the very north of scotland and we dont have avian vets only ones who "like" birds.
Both times was via telephone.
I purchased guardian angel when he was ill last week and have soaked millet with it thanks.
He is now head bobbing (breathing fast).
I dont understand how he can have respiratory issues can they get a infection if not in contact with other birds ? As the humans in our household have resp issues we dont use chemicals etc
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Does your budgie have wet sneezes often? That combined with laboured breathing (heavy and pronounced tail bobbing) are the typical signs of respiratory distress.
Your budgie can get sick by being exposed to a draft, a given illness doesn't necessarily have to be passed from another bird. And common colds/flu aren't transmissible from humans to birds

I also don't have the luxury to have avian vet services in my town (many people do not), and yet I will travel long distance to get my flock checked out when needed.
By having your budgie properly examined, tested, diagnosed and medicated, you will be giving your budgie a better chance for survival.
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Hi

He has sneezed but not frequently I totally understand what you are saying I think our nearest one is an 8hr round trip I dont drive so would need to use public transport.
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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.

Was the vet you saw an exotic vet that deals with small birds?
I'd try to find another vet and get a second opinion before having your bird euthanized. The vet you saw seems awfully quick to recommend it, in my opinion.

If your bird is able to perch now and is eating, drinking and pooping normally there is a very good chance for a full recovery.
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Did you try any of these vets?

Andene House Vets Practice, 56 Bon-accord Street, Aberdeen, Scotland. AB11 6EL
Tel. (01224) 586251

Town And Country Vet Group, 14A Bridge Street, Banchory, Aberdeen, AB31 5SX
Tel. (01330) 822648

Swan Veterinary Practice, 71 Victoria Street, Dyce, Aberdeen, AB21 7AX Tel. (01224) 722437
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I have a warm mist humidifier that puts steam/ mositure into the air in the small room he is in
I dont have eucalyptus oil I will get some tomorrow thank you
he isnt perching but is pooing and eating and drinking hes on the cage base

Those vets are about 4.5hrs away I will call them tomorrow for advice and I wont be taking the vet todays advice to put him to sleep as he was like this 10 days ago and made a recovery
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Those vets are about 4.5hrs away I will call them tomorrow for advice and I wont be taking the vet todays advice to put him to sleep as he was like this 10 days ago and made a recovery
If you will send me a Private Message with the name of the town you are in, I'll see if I can find one closer for you.
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