My Kiwi is in serious distress with breathing, has clicking noises, screeching/scratchy noises is the best I can describe the other sound which he makes, especially when moving and trying to preen himself, especially when trying to reach his lower back like they do to preen, that makes him very breathless to the point where he has to give up trying to preen that area.
He has been to see an avian vet 2 times already, they took an x-ray and while the right lung looked fine, the left had what I would call 2 or 3 white cloudy areas on the x-ray, I can't remember what the vet said about the.
Apparently a blood test on a budgie is too risky, they have to take more blood than a bird that small can really handle loosing so instead they did the feather test, the feather pulp can tell a vet a lot about what is going on, that test was clear and showed nothing, they also tested for Psittacosis and that came back negative but you can have false negatives they said so I had him tested again for it, still waiting on those results.
On the first visit Baytril was described, I turned down the option of an x-ray because I'd only ever had one other bird put through an x-ray and she never woke up, wish I'd had the x-ray done on the first visit but my fears stopped me but as Kiwi wasn't improving on the second visit I had no choice but to have the x-ray performed. On the second visit upon seeing the x-ray the vet prescribed another antibiotic and an anti-fungal. The vet says that with such a small bird as a budgie they haven't got the option of putting a camera down to see exactly what's going on and to identify what the white cloudy spots were on his left lung.
No medication has made any difference at all, I can only think of one horrible reason why medications aren't having any effect, a tumour
In desperation and upon reading online about how a nebulizer with f10 can help with respiratory issues I went out and brought one, I already had the f10sc as I use that to clean everything so I've been nebulizing twice a day since Saturday at the recommended dilution rate. I also have another medication from the vets that I rushed the 120 mile round trip to pick up from them yesterday which the vet says will help open up his airway to help him breath.
Kiwi still has a major tail pumping motion, I can say the medication from the vets to use in the nebulizer as well to help open up his airway has made a small difference but not much. H's also started sneezing a lot and rubbing his head and beak against whatever is neayby, he sneezes everytime he rubs his head and also sneezes 98% of the time after trying to preen himself. The sneezes are also nothing like a normal sneeze, it's a very loud squeal type sneeze, once in a blue moon he will have a normal sneeze but the majority are the loud squeal sound. He never has any discharge from around the nasal area, no mucous stains or anything like that, that area is clear.
Forgot to say he's also being treated for airsac mites, I asked to treat him for that even though the air sacs looked fine according to the x-ray but in my desperation I'm trying everything I can think of but I'm not seeing any major improvement,
Kiwi is still trying to be his usual playful, chirpy self but he gets really breathless a lot, especially when preening as mentioned above, when trying to reach around to preen the lower back or to reach around to clear the bum area as birds do, he tries to but stops due to becoming very breathless. The sneezing has also got worse too
I'm continuing to nebulize him, now 3 times a day as the medication from the vets to open up his airway says to nebulize 3 times, I'm also using the F10 as well, he's still eating but certainly not as much as he usually does but I think I'm running out of options to try, especially if it is something horrible like a tumour
also forgot to mention that his droppings are absolutely normal, that is confusing me considering the respiratoy issues he is experiencing.