My Baby Bird Charlie , who I purchased from PetSmart back in December, has been having some issues for a little over a month now. He started off with sneezing occasionally, which increased in frequency to maybe one or two sneezes an hour, with one of those being wet. He has always been fairly docile for a budgie, and i have not noticed any changes in his activity level or his chirps. he has even begun to say "Baby Bird". Around the time his sneezes increased i started to notice that when he was on my shoulder or close to my ear i could hear his breathing some of the time, especially right after i got him out or right after a flight. the MOMENT he began breathing through his beak i knew i needed to get him into the vet. She said that his air sacs sounded rough and that his lungs sounded like they had a little bit of fluid in them, borderline pneumonia. She sent away for a Chlamydia test, which came back negative, and put him on Baytril for two weeks. The two weeks have come and gone with little improvement. at his follow up exam he had not changed in weight and the doctor said that his lungs sounded better but his air sacs did not. She took an x-ray and did not see anything that looked out of the norm, (although it was cool seeing the millet he was allowed to binge on while he was waiting for them to start up the x-ray machine.) She decided to take him off the Baytril and opted for a antibiotic injection to be given once a week for 3 weeks including the initial visit, with another follow up exam on the third week. She also prescribed children's bendaryl (2.5ml per 8floz of drinking water, which i just started today) because she suspects he may be allergic to our African Grey (Sir Isaac Newton ) or Quaker (Demon Lord Pickles )This all occurred on Wednesday the 17th. So far i have not noticed any differences from then. I have been using a humidifier and he has a heated perch that he sits close to a lot of the time. I was wondering if anyone has been through anything similar? I love my little guy so much and i don't know what i would do if anything happened to him. If anyone has any tips on what i can do in the mean time to help him they would be greatly appreciated.
I am sorry Charlie is not well, it definitely sounds like a respiratory problem. You can offer Charlie a steam bath, place his cage in the bathroom or place a steaming kettle near his cage so the steam goes into his line of breathing.
Also use a bowl with a few drops of Eucalyptus oil in it topped up with boiling water. Keep up his antibiotics and keep him in a warm, draft free place.
Thanks for the well-wishes! He is doing about the same as when I posted this, with the only difference being that he seems to be a little more playful than he has been. His cage has always been in a different room from the other birds, and I have stopped taking him into that room altogether now, so I don't think that allergies are really the problem, unless it is to my dog.
Have air sac mites been ruled out? They can cause problems in the entire respiratory tract. They are microscopic so you would not be able to see them with the naked eye. The symptoms can vary depending on the degree of infestation but this can be easily treated. Since the mite is a parasite, if that's what the problem is, it will not respond to antibiotics.
To my knowledge they would not show on an x-ray as they are microscopic. A swab of the trachea examined under the microscope may show them, it is my understanding that they can be difficult to diagnose.