Anyone have some thoughts and/or advice on helping my lovebird get back to good health? Last weekend he started wheezing, then became listless, sleepy, lost balance easy and pooped black. (his poop is back to normal color now, though a tad more watery than usual) The vet said he has a respiratory infection of some kind, so he gave me Baytril to give to TJ once a day. The vet also gave him a vitamin shot.
The vet instructed me to give him pedialyte to make sure he stays hydrated. I've event started giving him some sweet potato babyfood (for extra nutrients since my lovebird is a stubborn seed-only eater...I'll be changing that once he's well). It's tough giving him meds and pedialyte though...he HATES anything that isn't seed and hates being hand-fed anything.
I've been keeping him warm with a heat lamp (one that gives off only heat instead of light).
He's been on Baytril for three days now, and though he hasn't gotten worse, I've not seen any marked improvement either. The vet gave him a 50/50 chance of surviving.
I guess there were several factors that led to his illness. I mistakenly kept him in the dining area of my condo (close to the kitchen), and even though he's been healthy for 11 years, the vet said cooking odors, cleaning supply odors, etc cause damage over time, and something recently just sent him over the edge (made him really sick). I've since moved him to a quiet bedroom away from odors and perfumes).
I recently bought some roudybush pellets that I'm going to ground up and soften with apple juice to see if I can feed them to him via syringe.
What else can I do to help him? Any thoughts?