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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 45 years of experience
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Im concern because my parakeet is not shirping, he is making

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Im concern because my parakeet is not shirping, he is making a squicky sound after he started sneezing today when he ran close to a lilly plant i have. He is not pussy but he did not eat the rest of the day? What would u recomend me?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Rather than lily toxicosis, respiratory infection should be considered in a sneezing parakeet who has stopped vocalizing and eating. There would be no antidote to lily intoxication in any event. Ideally, Pinky should be attended to by an avian-oriented vet (please see here: who is likely to prescribe an oral antibiotic with which you would dose Pinky directly into his beak twice daily. Avoid over the counter antibiotics designed to be placed in Pinky's water if only because Pinky can't drink enough to medicate himself properly. Until he can be attended to, please heat up Pinky's environment to 80F which can be achieved by shining a 100W bulb into his partially covered cage (not at night when he needs to sleep) or by taping a heating pad set at its lowest setting to the sides of his cage. Add a water soluble vitamin such as Oasis brand to his water at 1/2 the recommended dose so as not to make his water distasteful. Add a calcium supplement such as Calciboost or Calcibest to his water as well. These products can be found in pet/feed stores. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.