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Old 05-03-2019, 11:05 PM
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So Perry is not well. We took him in originally because he went head first into his water bowl, and I believe aspirated. So at the vet she gave him a shot of lasix the help rid his lungs of the water. She approved a drop of the lasix a day, so we did that for a week and the "wet" breathing stopped. This was a few months ago.

He started sneezing about a month or so after the dive into the water. He's a bit lethargic, and needs heat most of the day. Has anyone else has a bird with this problem? Here doesn't have any discharge coming from his nares that we can tell, and he still has a pretty healthy appetite. In fact he's down eating some millet as I type this, lol.

We are just trying to figure out what we can do at home, because to get x-rays or anything stressful like that might kill him. And with the recent loss of Misty, we are a bit weary. Any help would be super appreciated.

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Old 05-04-2019, 10:13 AM
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Sorry to hear Perry isn't doing well.
Have you discussed with the vet what you can do at home to help make him more comfortable?
Sending lots of positive thoughts and healing energy and hoping he's back to 100% soon!
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I’m sorry to hear this about Perry, Kristen. I wish I could give you advice for this specific situation. It sounds like you have a good vet though, and Perry is in the best hands he could be in, with the vet and you. I would ask your vet what they suggest to do next.
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Thank you both! I found an avian specialist, unfortunately just over the phone, they're in Arizona. I ran through ALL of his symptoms, poop, medicine tried, literally everything, and he landed, basically without a doubt, on air sac mites.

He suggested Ivermectin and Baytril. He said to give the Ivermectin on the first day, skip 14 days and dose again. Starting on the second day, the Baytril for 5-7 days, although he suggested 10. But being that he hasn't actually seen Perry, I think I would bet closer to 7. He hasn't seen him so he can't know Perry's exact condition.

Has anyone used the Ivermectin before? The research we've done has come up that it's really easy to overdose and kill small birds. I just want to make sure I'm doing right by Perry.
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Lots of people use Ivermectin regularly.

As long as you purchase the proper product and apply it as directed there should be no issues.

You can use SCATT if you prefer.

SCATT for Bird Mites

It's important to get the spot-on treatment and place one drop between the shoulder blades at the back of the neck where the bird cannot reach it when preening.

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Is it better to get the spot on version or the on that goes into the water? I'm really nervous about putting it on his skin, it seems like the drop would roll down his neck
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The Spot-On treatment is what you need to use. It will absorb quickly.
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