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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I HAVE A PARAKEET THAT IS SICK AND HAS BEEN FEW MONTHS. SHE

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hI i HAVE A PARAKEET THAT IS SICK AND HAS BEEN FOR A FEW MONTHS. SHE IS PUFFED UP,DOESNT MOVE MUCH AT ALL.WHEN SHE DOES SHE MORE HOPS THEN WALKS. SHE IS EATING BUT VERY QUIET. SHE HAS A CAGE MATE THAT PUSHES HER AWAY FROM FOOD. I READ THAT IT MIGHT BE BIRD CLYMIDEA. WHAT SHOULD I DO. I PLAN ON SEPARATING THEM TOMORROW.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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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 vets on this site. I regret that my state board of veterinary examiners doesn't allow my speaking with customers by phone in this venue. Please stay in this conversation if you wish.

Chlamydiosis (psitticosis) is but one infection out of many that I would consider in your parakeet. I would be surprised if she carried that infection having lasted a few months. It's important to note that once a parakeet 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 sick birds are attacked by other birds in the wild. Your parakeet's symptoms of puffing and lethargy and are important symptoms but they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder.

An avian-oriented vet might first treat symptomatically and supportively by providing supplemental fluids and electrolytes by needle and tube feeding a "recovery" food. Blood tests and cultures of her choana - the slit between her oral cavity and nose - and cloaca (vent) may be taken.

Until she can be attended to, please place her in a "hospital cage" by herself as you mentioned, 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 her diet consisted of, please? Seeds should compose less than 20% of her diet. Ideally, a balanced pelleted diet such as can be found here: www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com or here: www.lafeber.com/pet-birds should be fed as well as hard boiled egg yolk, pancakes and cornbread, the tops of fresh greens, dairy products such as yogurt and cheese, fresh fruits such as apples, pears, melon, kiwi, and berries, vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, beets, asparagus, cabbage, sweet potato, and squash, and even tiny pieces of meat.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin

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