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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My parakeet has dark spattet on the wall around the cage, is

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My parakeet has dark spattet on the wall around the cage, hi is listless
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. The spatter is likely to represent his regurgitating or vomiting food and then shaking his head. Have you been seeing this? If so, an avian-oriented vet (please see here: www.aav.org) should take a look at him and treat for sour crop which causes such regurgitation or investigate why vomiting is occurring and treat accordingly. A vet might empty your birds crop manually and then flush it with an antimicrobial solution and then prescribe anti-yeast and antibiotic drugs.
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 ill birds are attacked by other birds in the wild. His symptoms of regurgitation/vomiting 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. Until your bird can be attended to, please heat up his environment to 85F by means of a 100W bulb shined into his partially covered cage (not at night when he needs to rest) or by taping a heating pad set on its lowest setting to the sides of his cage. Remove his perches and put his food and water on the bottom of the cage along with him. Add a water soluble avian vitamin such as Oasis brand to his water at half of the recommended dose so as not to make his 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 his 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 his diet consisted of, please?

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