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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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I have an African Grey parrot ,he is about 10 years old and

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Hi ,i have an African Grey parrot ,he is about 10 years old and he suddenly has started struggling to breath , i have had him to the vet and they have given him antibiotics but still when evening comes he seems to struggle more with the breathing , i have steamed the bathroom and sat with him in there and that seems to help , the vet here in South Africa does not seem to know what it is ,please could you maybe shed some light on the problem
Thanking you
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Lee, I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. Can you clarify what "struggling to breath" implies, please? An increased respiratory rate, he sounds congested, nasal discharge? Is the vet an avian specialist? Which antibiotic are you giving and how are you administering it? Has any testing been performed such as blood tests and cultures of Vincent's choana (the slit between his oral and nasal cavities) and cloaca (vent)? Have X-rays been performed?

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