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Old 12-14-2016, 06:42 AM
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My budgies seem to have been through a very stressful period as now my usually fittest budgie Emile has been diagnosed with megabacteria (AGY). His weight has gone down to 34 grams but he still has the energy to fly around like normal. The vet was surprised that he is still so enegetic since he is so severely emaciated and also his droppings looked normal. He is not vomiting.

I got the medicine for all my birds added to their drinking water but I have yet to see Emile drink. The vet gave him easily digestible food into the crop, a vitamin injection and a antibiotic injection and told me to come back in 10 days. I'm worried he will have starved by then and I need advice on how to keep him alive if at all possible.

Should I ask for the vet to give him more food at some point? He is only going for seed right now but he can't digest them. What should I feed him? I soaked some millet in bio plus and guardian angel and have added those to everything and anything I can think of. I've tried to feed him with a syringe but he won't take anything!! Help!

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Old 12-14-2016, 07:30 AM
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You need to contact your Avian Vet right away for assistance -- this is an emergency situation.

Emile probably will need to be hospitalized and fed by a professional until he stabilizes.

Best wishes and please let us know how things progress.

I will have you and Emile in my prayers.
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Thank you! That is the problem I have; I took him to the vet yesterday and the vet gave Emile the medicine and everything and then he told me to come back in 10 days. The vet clinic does not provide 24/7 care. The vet also told me that he will most likely not make it. This is the only avian vet that I know of, there's really no one else.
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It sounds as though crop-feeding may be the only way to help your little Emile and you'll need someone who is experienced to show you the proper way to do it.
The Avian Vet should be able to instruct you in the proper method.

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I contacted my vet and they instructed me to just give him anything that he will eat. So I made some bird bread and now he is munching on peas and corn. They also told me to add guardian angel to the water with the medicine since it's most important to get nutrients in him. He seems to be doing ok. Eating other foods and not just seed. I'm worried he won't drink since he's had peas and corn but I did give him some medicated water with a syringe. I'm sure he swallowed some of it. If I don't see any improvent I will take him to the vet tonorrow so they can give him the medicine into his crop and some food.
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Great news to hear that he is eating something. Prayers for Emile.
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Sabine, I'm so very sorry to hear that your little one has been diagnosed with AGY.

I hope that he is able to feel better soon! It is good to hear that he's eating; that's a good sign, at least.
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I will take Emile to the vet today so they can get proper food in him and medicine. It is very stressful for him so I really hope the benefits of this outweigh the risks and cost to his energy reserves. I'm guessing that is why the vet didn't suggest this from the beginning.
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Our prayers seem to have been answered, Emile has gained 2 grams in 2 days and is more energetic! He got food, megabac medicine and liquids straight into his crop and another shot of vitamins and antibiotics. They told me to come again if I feel the need to. The vet said that it looks good, not like the first time when he said that recovery is unlikely.
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