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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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We have a question about a zebra finch

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Hi! We have a question about a zebra finch
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She is about 4 years old. Came home to her sitting in her food bowl, wont move or tweet, and eyes are cloudy
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian-oriented vets on the site. Mango appears to be critically ill. It's important to note that once a finch acts ill they're quite ill and in need of the attention of an avian-oriented vet (please see here: www.aav.org). This is a protective mechanism because ill birds are attacked by other birds in the wild. Mango's symptoms of extreme lethargy and cloudy eyes and are important symptoms but they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder.

An avian-oriented vet will first treat symptomatically and supportively by providing supplemental fluids and electrolytes by needle and tube feeding a "recovery" food. Diagnostic testing is necessarily limited in such a tiny bird but cultures of Mango's choana - the slit between her oral cavity and nose - and cloaca (vent) may be taken.

Until Mango can be attended to, please heat up her environment to 85F by means of a 100W bulb shined into her partially covered cage (not at night when she needs to rest) or by taping a heating pad set on its lowest setting to the sides of her cage. Remove her perches and put her food and water on the bottom of the cage along with her. Add a water soluble avian vitamin such as Oasis brand to her water at half of the recommended dose so as not to make her water distasteful. Add a calcium supplement such as Calcivet or Calciboost to her water. These supplements are available in pet/feed stores. Avoid over the counter antibiotics designed to be placed in her water. They won't be effective if only because an ill bird won't drink enough to medicate itself properly.

Nutritional imbalances are a common cause of illness in our pet birds. What has Mango's diet consisted of, please?

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