I’m glad to hear that it appears to the avian vet that Pudgie is well. It’s generally not advised to have budgies with other species. Parrotlets, while they are tiny, are true parrots, and have a much different temperament from budgies. While it’s unlikely to happen if they’re buddies, your parrotlet ‘can’ injure your budgie. I have parrots who are bonded friends, but occasionally one will bite the other too hard, and need to be separated. Be especially aware of the risk of both of the birds are sexually mature regardless of gender. They should never be sharing a cage.
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Well I have an update on Pudgie. Since going to the vet, in his own cage, he seemed to be doing pretty well. I thought his feathers looked a little bit better. On the vet's advice I started giving him vitamins in water every day.
This morning Pudgie seemed fine. He was chattier than usual. But I came home from work and he was super puffed up, standing on the floor of the cage. After trying to handle him for a minute it was clear he was extremely weak, had balance issues, and couldn't stay on the perch. He was struggling to stay awake at all.
Went to the vet immediately. Pudgie was given liquids (intravenously? not sure, they did it in the back). Vet did a gram stain on a dropping which was negative. Weight was still fine. The vet didn't have many other ideas. He mentioned rare diseases and again didn't want to take blood with Pudgie's state. The crop had food in it, but Pudgie wouldn't touch any millet. He was pooping way less than usual (typically every few minutes, now a few times an hour it seemed). Vet gave me another kind of antibiotics to try (TMP/SMZ), and told me to keep Pudgie warm.
Not sure what else I can do. The vet bills are up to $400 now and I still have no idea WTF is wrong with my poor birdy. I don't know how much Pudgie is suffering. But I'm afraid he's not going to last long. He just looks terrible.
Thanks guys. Surprisingly he's back on the perch sleeping and looks a little bit better this morning. Definitely congested as he was sneezing out some small amount of liquid after waking up. I'll keep giving him the antibiotics and let you know how it goes.
Update: He's eating the millet too so that's a nice development.
That's good news. Since he is sneezing keep a close watch on the nares and if they appear to be clogged and he is not able to clear them take him back to the vet and they can usually clear them out. I hope he continues to improve, keep us posted.
Well I'm amazed but Pudgie is doing really well. I don't wanna jinx the situation but he was barely moving the other night, and now he's basically back to normal except somewhat weaker. He is eating and drinking a lot, chirping with Violet the Parrotlet who's across the room, and foraging in his cage. I will continue with the SMZ/TMP antibiotics as that seems to have been the cure? Who knows.
So I still have no idea what happened or is happening with Pudgie, but he has made what seems to be a miraculous recovery for now. At the very least I get to spend some more time with him. Thanks everyone for the thoughts.
Hello again, it's been around 3 months and Pudgie had been doing really well after the last round of antibiotics (TMP-SMZ). His feathers have basically stayed the same, but his energy was better and he was happily vocalizing. I do separate him from Violet the Parrotlet a lot of the time due to her recent aggression.
Starting a few days ago, I started noticing some symptoms. Pudgie started falling off of his perch every now and then, and became less vocal. He also seemed constantly tired. I figured he was coming down with whatever this mysterious illness is yet again. Today it progressed further. He definitely has a serious balance issue or vertigo. He is sitting on the bottom of the cage, constantly tilts his head as if he's trying to "catch up with the spinning world", and every few minutes goes crazy, running around in circles. When I take him out of the cage he runs aimless all over my apartment and continually falls down.
The vet isn't going to be open until Monday, if he can even do anything about this, so all I can think to do is give Pudgie some extra Bactrim the vet gave me a while back, and give him vitamins in his water. I read some about vertigo in birds but there seem to be a lot of causes. This is an interesting development because during his previous illnesses, I definitely noticed him falling off the perch a lot. I wonder if this vertigo thing just wasn't severe enough to notice yet?
Do not try to self-medicate your budgie by giving him extra Bactrim.
You need to keep Pudgie separated permanently from Violet for his safety.
At this time he needs to be put in a small hospital cage and the bottom should be padded with a soft towel or layers of paper towels to cushion him if he falls.
The symptoms of Ataxia you are referring to may be neurological or due to an inner ear infection.
You need to take Pudgie to an emergency vet now or to your regular Avian Vet as soon as the clinic opens on Tuesday.