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My 3-year old budgie has been vomiting for more than a month and has lost a lot of weight (she's now 27 grams). Her head is covered in vomit and she keeps rubbing her head on the perch to try to clean it. She vomits as soon as she eats and even vomits 3 to 4 times during the night. Her faeces keep changing: they range from normal to green-watery ones to dry ones with undigested seeds. I am keeping her warm using an infra-red lamp and making sure she has plenty food and water and she has a UVA/UVB lamp on during the day. I clean her cage every 2 days.

I have been to the vet 4 times and we have tried various antibiotics and medications including doxycycline, nystan (for candida), metoclopramide (for stomach motility), synulox (clavulanic acid and amoxicillin) but nothing has worked so far. Her stool sample was negative for avian gastric yeast (megabac), her crop sample was negative for candida and her blood showed increased monocytes and toxic heterophils which would suggest an infection that has been going on for a while.

We are now trying metronidazole (for trichomoniasis) which is an oral suspension that she is supposed to take 2 times a day for 4 days. The problem is that she vomits as soon as I administer the metronidazole so she's not really getting any of it in her system. Has anyone else experienced the problem of their budgie throwing up metronidazole. I am looking for tips on how I can get her to keep metronidazole down long enough for it to work. Is it possible to administer metronidazole intravenously?

I would be grateful for any advice you can give me.
 

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Hi and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

I'm so sorry for the problems your little budgie is experiencing. :( May I ask if the vet you are seeing is an Avian Vet? Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.

Unfortunately, I have no advice to offer with regard to your little one's problem. I do hope you find an answer soon.

You might ask your Avian Vet if he recommends trying Sodium Benzoate in conjunction with or instead of the current medication. I realize you indicated your budgie did not show signs of AGY but sodium benzoate may be helpful since you are running short of options at this time. You can share the information in these links with him.
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I agree with Deborah. AGY does not consistently show up in gram stains and smears. Your bird may not be able to tolerate the metrodinazole, and it isn't going to help if it is AGY. You need to talk to the vet again ASAP and see about the Sodium B treatment. Prayers for your little bird, and let us know how things go...:hug:
 

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Your poor little one is definitely not well and she must be exhausted.
have you got her on some probiotics to help her digestive system settle? I would be ringing the avian vet back as soon as possible. I agree with Deborah also AGY does nor show up always.:budgie:
 

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Hello and :welcome: to the forums!

I'm so sorry to hear you're little one has been going through so much, and you as well. :(

I also cannot advise on this subject but agree with all that has been mentioned. I hope your little budgie can heal soon, it must be exhausting for both of you.

She sounds like a little trooper, and I'm sending over the warmest of hopes and wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

Please keep us posted! :wave:
 

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Thank you all for your advice and support. Yes, it is an avian vet we are seeing on a daily basis now. She's down to 25 grams now. The vet gave her intramuscular injections of metoclopramide and that stopped her vomiting for a day but she became a bit restless and started acting strange - instead of eating her food she just chucked all of her seeds out of her food bowl and also kept jumping out of her cage and hiding behind the sofa which she has never done before. Unfortunately as soon as we switched her back to oral metoclopramide she started vomiting again.
Now we're back to intramuscular metroclopramide and on Friday she will have an X-ray to see if it is cancer that is causing the vomiting.
I will ask the vet if he can prescribe her sodium benzoate just in case.
Pixie is a fighter so I hope she will pull through this.
Thanks again for the support - it is much appreciated.
 

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Prayer's for your little bird's recovery...:hug:
 
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The vet continued the intramuscular metroclopromide injections. The intramuscular administration of metoclopramide gives her around 5 vomit-free hours after the administration so at least she has managed to get some food and keep it down (although this is a short term solution).

I haven't yet tried probiotics. Do you have some that you can recommend for budgies?

One thing I forgot to mention is that in May, her cere turned from brown to blue so the vet wants to X-ray her to see if it is possibly ovarian cancer that is causing the vomiting. I will let you know what the results of the X-ray are.
 

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I have used a product called "Primal Defense" made by garden of life, for a couple years now. It is a powder made for people, and can be found in health food stores or online. There are a lot of good ones out there...:)
 

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Pixie had another X-ray today but they can't see what is causing the vomiting so they will try to treat her for avian gastric yeast even though it is coming up as negative.
 

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I'm glad to hear they are going to treat for AGY, it often doesn't show...
 

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I'm very sorry for your loss. :hug:

I'm going to close this thread now.
If you'd like to post a Tribute or Memorial for Pixie, you may do so in the "In Memory" section of the forum.

Fly high, soar free little Pixie; rest peacefully sweet girl.
 
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