I have not been on this forum for years. My budgie Cyril
was 11 years old and never had a days sickness in his life until 3 weeks ago when he started breathing heavily and being very quiet.
I took him to the avian vet who did x-rays and blood tests and discovered he had a 'high infection' - no tumour or fatty liver disease as first suspected though. Cyril was a trooper though and tried his best to remain chirpy.
We have been giving him oral antibiotics for the last two weeks. Each time he was very stressed at being grabbed and having liquid syringed into his beak and it took him at least half an hour to get over it each time.
On the whole, the antibiotics didn't seem to work as his breathing got no better but he continued to eat, drink and chirp and was very friendly although he stopped 'speaking'.
Yesterday the vet decided to change the meds and I went to get the new ones. When I got home my husband Cyril seemed fine and was happily perching on my finger, singing and whistling though his breathing was still laboured. We did the usual ritual of orally medicating him but this time he was so unhappy he had a heart attack and passed away in my husband's hands.
I am devastated and can't help think that we killed him. I followed the advice of the avian vet but feel I should have known how much it was stressing him out and stopped the medication.
He was my world and I miss him so much.