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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Since moved to Florida from CT it seems my lovebird..6 years...

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Since moved to Florida from CT it seems my lovebird..6 years... has been sneezing more often. otherwise behavior seems normal. Maybe couple times a week. wet discharge then clears right up. I'm in apt. with A/C and windows closed because people smoke below and grass is often cut and pollen in general. I have had consistent congestion too. So wondering if this is normal for down here. it does get dusty in here and we have carpeting. I vacuum and dust as much as i can. I do use air freshener spray sometimes.
Any suggestions please...air purifier maybe?
thank you.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. There certainly is a higher risk of allergic rhinitis and sinusitis where you're living now but we shouldn't simply assume that that's what ails Sweet Pea. We see sneezing and nasal discharge with respiratory infections in lovebirds as well. I would be more comfortable knowing that Sweet Pea were attended to by an avian vet (please see here: who can culture Sweet Pea's choana (the slit between his oral and nasal cavities) to see if Sweet Pea has contracted a bacterial infection that then would be treated with an oral antibiotic you would administer directly into his beak.Consider also a vitamin A deficiency which can cause changes in his mucous membranes and subsequent sneezing and nasal discharge. A water soluble vitamin such as the over the counter Oasis brand product dosed at 1/2 of the recommended dose on the label so as not to make Sweet Pea's water distasteful would be prudent. Nutritional imbalances are a common cause of illness in our pet birds. What has Sweet Pea's diet consisted of, please? Seeds should compose less than 20% of his diet. Ideally, a balanced pelleted diet such as can be found here: or here: 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.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Sweet Pea. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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