I have now given Ludvig one drop of Baytril (wide range antibiotics) per day for seven days, and he has not shown any improvement. I originally took him to the vet because of what I posted here https://talkbudgies.com/diseases-illn...y-problem.html
The vet checked both him and Melvin thoroughly when I went down a week ago, listening to their lungs etc. She also took two droppings and checked them under a microscope. She said both of them looked 100 % healthy, clean rump and all (Melvin has itched more than normal is in his rump lately). Ludvigs lungs sounded perfectly normal, so does the rest of him. Both of the droppings did not have any parasites etc in them. With other words - completely healthy birds.
If it wasn't for Ludvigs breathing. He got extremely stressed out by the vet holding him, and the wheezing sound has never been that loud before. Even the vet got a concerned look on her face. We kinda stand with two alternatives: he might have a chronic illness, such as a problem with his throat, which can resemble asthma (I literally lack the words for what I mean, so lets go with asthma), or he might have an illness which is harder to detect, such as Psittacosis. It is very, very rare here, but the biggest sign it's not it, is the fact that Ludvig is still alive.
We therefore got a prescription for Baytril. Seven days on antibiotics is tough, and I'm glad it's done. However, I'm worried Melvin has caught the same thing, even though they are showing different symptoms. Melvin has, as I said, been itching in his *** a lot. Some of his droppings has been too small, or not come out at all. Both have very little appetite.
The reason for why I'm worried is because Ludvig has gotten worse. His symptoms, which has not changed after the antibiotics treatment:
- wheezing and sound coming from his lungs when distressed/out of breath from a long flight, in addition to tail bobbing (with other words, he has a hard time getting enough oxygen after activity)
- loss of appetite
- he has always developed a little late, still kinda clumsy when flying, can stand on his own feet without noticing, etc. Mentioning this because it is a symptom of Psittacosis.
- wakes me up during the night, making an awful sound unwillingly. Like he's really struggling to breathe. Have not heard from him lately, because I sleep with earplugs now..
- sneezes at times, but Melvin sneezes more often
- sometimes weird, wheezing background sound when chirping
To check for Psittacosis and a lot of other diseases, we'll literally have to send a dropping to Germany. Further testing in Norway can be done though.
As I said, 7 days on antibiotics is tough. However, I'm scared he'll suddenly go downhill and it turns out it wasn't something chronic.
Do any of you have any idea on what it might be, what treatment can be done, what tests need to be done and what is the right thing to do? Thank you so much in advance. If there is anything your wondering about, if there is a symptom I might not have mentioned, let me know.