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    hi there, Haven't been on the forum for a while but I need your guys' help.

    I have a friend that has a budgie. At the beginning of the summer, he used to scratch his eyes and he started to lose feathers around his eyes. Then he was fine and it went away. He has always been his chipper self, always running around, poops are normal, eating fine. Then all of a sudden his eyes became swollen in the middle of the night (this is a couple of months later mind you). But his eyes are clear, no visible discharge from the eye, but right underneath the eyes they are like blisters, and his nose was caked closed. I had my friend gently wipe it clean with warm water and that cleared his nostrils and the swelling went down.

    Now I told my friend to contact a vet and the avian veterinarian said to just keep up with the warm water compress and that he should be ok. However I think this is a much more serious sinus infection. The bird seems fine other than his eyes are puffy and the nose discharge. The swelling has gone down a considerable amount in just a couple of days. Is there anything my friend can do for his budgie or do you guys think its absolutely only a vet visit that will cure it. I can try and get a picture of the bird, but it seriously looks like a big blister under each eye.

    Also my friend said he cleaned out some spray millet from his nose since the budgie seems to have a knack at getting it in his eyes and nose.... Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!

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    Re: Budgie Sinus infection

    IMO a vet specializing in birds is needed for the budgie. I get the impression that the vet your friend has taken his bird to is not an avian specialist or more would have been done for the budgie.

    The vet will check the budgie's nares and choanal slit (an opening in the back of the throat that lets fluid drain from the sinuses into the throat similar to the way it does in people). Then, the vet will flush the budgie's nostrils with sterile saline to get out the gunk blocking the sinuses, look at the flushed material under the microscope to determine the kind of infection, and prescribe medication by mouth and drops for the bird's nose. Sinus infections need treatment - untreated they can lead to lower respiratory infections and cause eye problems. I would also guess that birds with sinus infections might have a very painful "sinus headache" like people with blocked, infected sinuses.

    Once the infection is cleared up by proper treatment, your friend may need to be watchful about millet bits in his budgie's nose.

    I have a hen, Holly, who has a history of sinus infections. When she has these, my vet flushes her sinuses, identifies the type of culprit bug (always a bacteria in Holly's case), and puts her on a course of Baytril and antibiotic drops for her nose. Holly hates the treatment, especially getting her sinuses flushed and her nose drops, but the treatment works. A tip/thought - when Holly bathes in a bowl of water and wet greens, she dunks her face very deeply in the water. After her bath, Holly sneezes out water, but I have noticed sinus problems developing about 4 days after her bath. I think water gets trapped in her nose and causes an infection, something like swimmer's ear. She has had very few sinus infections now that I give her only wet greens and very little water to bathe in.

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    Re: Budgie Sinus infection

    I agree with the other posted. NO avian vet would give the advice “just keep up with the warm water compress and that he should be ok.”

    Avian medicine is a specialized field like cardiac care is in humans for example. This sounds like the advice from a dog/cat vet who does not wish to be bothered or is afraid to admit they don’t have the expertise to work with your friend’s bird.

    Your friend NEEDS to get his/her bird to an AVIAN VET for treatment or testing if necessary. Birds are very delicate when it comes to health. They hide their illness, because to display them means to be expelled by the flock - sick birds draw predator attention. Once a bird displays an illness they have been sick for awhile. Most times one does not have the luxury to “wait and see.” Most times this approach ends up poorly for the bird.

    Another thing when it comes to eye problems in birds.....many times viruses like psittacosis presents as eye problems. Psittacosis is transmittable between bird to human to bird. So for your friend, his/her family as well as for the pets in this household this bird needs to be seen and properly treated. It might only be a severe upper respiratory infection, it might be something worse....

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    Re: Budgie Sinus infection

    I was shocked too by the response, but it was an ACTUAL Avian vet, and listed as an avian vet. I will talk to my friend again to bring it in to the vet. Thanks.

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    Re: Budgie Sinus infection

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce&Andy View Post
    I was shocked too by the response, but it was an ACTUAL Avian vet, and listed as an avian vet. I will talk to my friend again to bring it in to the vet. Thanks.
    Well not all vets "are created equil," some are a LOT better than others! Your friend REALLY needs to find a GOOD avian vet - one that cares about the animals his/her clients bring in needing medical help. As an example if went to a M.D. and he told you to put an ice pack on a broken leg, it sould get better I think you would go searching for a better help.

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    Re: Budgie Sinus infection

    I totally agree with the other posts. I know it sucks to hear after the money already spent taking him in, but the vet sounds like a hack, and the treatment suggestion they gave sounds really off.

    From personal experience, I went through 3 avian vets until I found one that knew what they were doing. Mind you, they all called themselves 'avian' vets too, but they were total hacks--and robbed me blind on top of it. The thing that hurts about the vet search is that I know for a fact that if I had found my amazing vet sooner, that one of my birds would still be alive today.

    I hope your friend is able to find one that is good. It is always hard to find. Perhaps you can find a locally owned bird store that specializes in breeding exotics and ask them which vet they use, or if they know of any that are good. That is how I found my clinic, and I'm so glad I did!

    Good luck to you guys. Hope he gets better soon.
    11 lil' budgies sitting in a tree....and RIP my little angels: Synth, Tre, Ion and Cinque.

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