Hello, please can you help me? My budgie over the last few days is making a squeaking noise which is unusual, she also seems to be breathing harder and her tail pulsating more.I have also noticed she sometimes shudders her head at times. What could be the problem? Her behaviour is still lively however and her stools are normal coloured.She also will chirp when spoken to but it seems to be strained due to the squeaking noise.I have checked online and read it could be iodine deficiency, however she has iodine blocks and supplements and takes them fine. I am concerned it may be air sac mite which i read about. Please can you help me? thank you
Type of Animal: Budgie
Name of Bird: Pickle
Iodine supplements and drops. Chit chat health seeds
Hello, I'm Dr. Bob.I'm sorry to read of Pickle's breathing difficulties.The information you've found online about the connection between breathing sounds and iodine is essentially correct, but since you've already been supplementing her with iodine already, it is not a likely diagnosis.More likely is an upper respiratory infection which can also cause exactly the signs you're seeing.A possible contributing factor to her illness may be her diet. If she's on an all seed diet (other than the iodine supplement) she may be developing a nutritional deficiency. This can lower her resistance to bacteria, viruses and fungi in the environment allowing an infection to become established.Birds prefer seeds to all other foods, but seeds don't provide all the nutrients they need for long-term health. Fresh dark green leafy vegetables like Swiss chard, spinach, kale, collard greens, cilantro, parsley, carrots with the tops attached, yellow, red and green bell pepper strips, dried chilies, cooked squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes are all foods that add vitamins and nutrients and should be offered to her. It may be tough to get her to accept new foods at her age, but it is definitely worth trying. Pelleted food like those from Lafeber or Kaytee are very good as basic diets, but are unfortunately, not available everywhere.She needs to be examined by a veterinarian with avian experience, if possible, and most likely needs to be on an antibiotic, to help her fight off the respiratory infection. Do no delay in seeking help for her, as birds instinctively hide their illnesses to avoid being singled out by predators in the wild, and are often quite advanced in an illness before they begin to show symptoms. It may be later than you might think.If you should have further questions, please let me know.
Hi we have tried all those things, the greens etc and she does not really touch them, we have tried fruit, lettuce, carrot etc and she does not seem interested.
I have read about air sac mite also with the symptoms she is having, could this be the problem maybe?
Can i purchase treatments from pet stores to help her? as there are no avian vets in my area
Hello again! Birds can be very hard to convert to diets that are good for them once they've established their eating preferences. A vitamin supplement may be of some value in her case, but natural non-seed foods would still be best.I don't know what the situation is in your area, but if you can find an antibiotic like enrofloxacin or Tylan in your pet stores, either would be a logical choice. Farm supply store would definitely carry one or both. You may have to buy a large amount for one little bird, but it should not be too expensive. Chickens, turkeys and budgies are all birds, and the medicines are the same as well. The label directions for use can be scaled down.If she has not been exposed to other birds in the past few months, I would consider mites to be extremely unlikely at her age.A veterinarian without avian experience who is interested in learning and trying to help would be a lot better than trying to diagnose and treat this condition yourself, even with the limited help I can offer online. Being there in person is most valuable.These little ones are very delicate, and illnesses move quickly, often not giving us a second chance at helping them.If I may be of further assistance to you, please let me know.Dr. BobEdited by Dr. Bob on 2/4/2011 at 7:11 PM EST
35 years in general practice, including avian.
ok thank you once again for your help, we are taking action many thanks
You're most certainly welcome, best of luck to all of you!Dr. BobPlease do not hit the "Accept" button again as the site will charge your account a second time.