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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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My pigeon is breathing extremely hard with her beak open and

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My pigeon is breathing extremely hard with her beak open and making a sqeeking sound. What is that? How can that be treated?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with your pigeon?
Customer: My pigeon is breathing very hard with her beak open.
JA: Where does your pigeon seem to hurt?
Customer: She's breathing hard with her beak open.
JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: Her breathing is very laboured with her beak open.
JA: What is the pigeon's name and age?
Customer: Here name is ***** ***** she's 7 years old.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Pici?
Customer: Yes, I gave her some metronidazole and baytril which she stopped a few days ago. She also stopped eating yesterday, so we're handfeeding her.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Pici, please? I must admit I'm worried that you've already lost her as her breathing indicates life-threatening respiratory compromise. Her presentation is considered the pigeon respiratory complex which you can review here: http://www.melbournebirdvet.com/common-pigeon-disease-amp-treatments.aspx (scroll down to "respiratory infection"). I would have this bird in a chamber in which I nebulized either tylosin or doxycycline. I would also inject tylosin into Pici's breast muscle at a dose of 5 mg per pound of body weight once daily for 5-7 days. Tylosin in the form of injectable Tylan-50 is available over the counter in the USA in feed stores and online. I don't know its availability where you live, however. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.