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    H My cockatiel is about 10 years old, she just started coughing/sneezing. She has her feathers fluffed up and she seems tired. I've never seen her act like this. I'm worried she won't make it through the night. Is there anything I can do before the vet opens tomorrow. She hasn't been eating or drinking as much as usual today. There seems to be a lot less stool and she also is closing her eyes a lot. Has anyone had this problem or knows what it is.

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    Re: My cockatiel is sick needs help coughing/sneezing

    I am sorry your girl is sick, right now the most important thing you can do for her is get her warm. Go to this web page here, http://www.tailfeathersnetwork.com/b...n/firstaid.php and it will show you how to make a hospital cage for her so she will be able to keep warm without using all her energy up. She needs to go to the vets, sometimes if you call them up right when they open in the mornings they have a few appointments left and if not some vets will let you drop them off in the morning and they will check her out between appointments.

    If she isnt drinking much you can offer her some water by dripping it off your finger tip and the best food to give her right now is millet, most birds love millet and it is easy for them digest and is good for sick bird stomachs. Please let us know how she is tomorrow and my thoughts are with her and you.

    For now please get her warm and snuggly for the night and hopefully the vets will help her and get her all better for you.
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    Re: My cockatiel is sick needs help coughing/sneezing

    Deanna has good advice. I hope your baby does OK through the night, and that the vet can help you tomorrow. Hopefully it is something treatable.

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    Re: My cockatiel is sick needs help coughing/sneezing

    Yes, please let us know how your little one is tomorrow!

    Cockatiels are like potatoe chips....it's hard to have just one!

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    Re: My cockatiel is sick needs help coughing/sneezing

    Sorry to hear she is not well! Ill keep her in my thoughts!

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    We are also thinking about you both x

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    Re: My cockatiel is sick needs help coughing/sneezing

    I took the bird to the vet and he gave her an antibiotic. She seemed a little better but this morning she had trouble breathing. My daughter just called she said the bird is having trouble breathing. She thinks it will die tonight. Is there anything else we could do for toodles? Are there different antibotic for respritory problems. Please help, Mary

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    Re: My cockatiel is sick needs help coughing/sneezing

    Mary, Try covering the cage with a sheet and boiling the kettle and letting the steam go up into the cage. My Shooter was haveing some issues laying an agg and was having breathing trouble and the steam really helped calm her down. Also call you vet if she is worse and see what they say. did they tell you what was wrong with her? My Kiwi was sick and the vet thought it was Nemonia (sp?) gave her antibiotics for that but after 2-3 days she was much worse and he switched her and treated her for Mites in her airsac. turns out thats what it was and she was better in no time!

    I hope it all works out for you! I am thinking of you and sending your hugs from me and my flock!

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    My vet is not a specialist for birds. He thought it was a respritory problem so he tried the antibotic He said her nose was nice and clear and he said it was good that I took her right in. It seems a lot of people wait until it's to late. I would think if the antibotic was working she already would be improving. Has anyone had any luck with the antibotic for respritory problems. 'We did call a bird specialist in Ny they wanted us to drive down. I really don't think she would make a 2 hour trip. He wanted to take a chest x ray. He said the antibotic we were using was not one he would use. That he could not diagnois her over the phone. I really feel helpless and don't want toodles to suffer. I will try the steam and any other suggestions anyone has. Thank you for all being so nice and helpful. Mary

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    Re: My cockatiel is sick needs help coughing/sneezing

    Mary I would try to see if your vet where you took your bird could consult with the avian specialist and if they think you should use a different medicine then what are using now, maybe they can give you the meds the specialist would give you. If this is a respiratory infection then I would hope your vet gave you the right medicine for it. What kind of medicine did they give you? I never had to deal with respiratory infections but many others here did so they will know if its the right medicine or not.

    If the medicine is not working call your vet and tell them this, then perhaps they can give you a different medicine. I hate to say it but sometimes it takes a few different kinds to try before you find the right medicine. Other times birds have bad reactions to medicines and this starts to show usually around the third day of taking them. Boomer had some terrible reactions to his medicines he had to take. If I saw any thing happening to him while he was taking medicines I would call his vet and tell her and usually she did change his medicine or make us take him in for a checkup.

    If his nose is clear and looked good, did they hear something in her chest? If she is having troubles breathing taking her into the bathroom when you shower is also suppose to help them breath easier. That and steams like you said you would try are good for her, and lots of warmth and love.

    Sorry she is still sick and I do hope she will feel better soon.
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    Re: My cockatiel is sick needs help coughing/sneezing

    Deanna The medication is trimeth/sulfa oral susp. I did call the vet again and he said he didn't know any other medication. He says usually when birds get sick theres not much you can do. There has to be some kind of medication that I could suggest to him. Mary

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    I usually think most vets give Baytril to birds with respiratory infections but I googled the medicine you have now and I saw it was also given to birds with these kinds of infections. Both seem to be able to treat for many infections. If the one your giving dont seem to be helping maybe you can see what your vet thinks about Baytril which I know has helped out lots of birds here.

    Is she getting any better? I really hope she is but if she isnt maybe it is worth the long drive to see a avian specialist. Boomers vet was a hour away and others we took him too were further and he went to them lots. Even when he was his weakest he was always able to make it down to the vets and sometimes it is worth the drive to get them well. A Xray really does show you so much more then any exam can, many vets dont even put your put your bird sleep for a Xray which I think is better because its so hard on them to have them put to sleep but the vet is best at judging this kind of thing. I know how you feel not knowing if what your doing is working and I do suggest you try to get her to a avian vet so you can get her better again. It is just so hard when they are sick... hope she feels better soon for you.
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    Re: My cockatiel is sick needs help coughing/sneezing

    When I took her the other day she was coughing and feathers were fluffed up. Now today her nostrils looked clogged and shes still fluffed up ,she is eating better which is good. Last night she was at her worst. Do you think I should call and try to get the Baytril? The closes avian vet is 1 hour away. Last time the 5 min trip was to long. I'm worried she'll die on the way. Mary

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    If I were you I would call the same vet you took her too already and let them know what changes she has had and see if they think the medicine is working or not. If they dont you could see if Baytril is something they could try on her but for all I know baytril is the same as your already giving to her. I always left it up to boomers vet what we should do next but she was a avian vet and was good at her job.

    There is a girl here, Susanne who seems to really be good at advise and she also has her own site and maybe something she has said here or on her bird site can help you out, she has really helped out others here. If she comes on and finds your post I am sure she would like to help you as well but maybe if you send her a personal post she can come on to help you faster. I honestly dont have a clue about respiratory illnesses, boomer had yeast issues which are really so different then what your girl has. Look up Susanne here and hopefully she will help you. http://www.tailfeathersnetwork.com/c...ber.php?u=9110
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    Re: My cockatiel is sick needs help coughing/sneezing

    Just some quick questions. Is she molting? What is used in the bottom of the cage...such as paper, litter, and what type. Does she breathe harder if the cage is covered or uncovered? Is there any sounds such as wheezing?...and if so, where is it coming from?

    Tri-meth sulfa is more suitable for babies with digestive problems and respiratory.

    Baytril, and Doxy are also good for respiratory problems. A culture should be done...which will tell what bacteria and/or fungal problems there are and what would be the most effective course of treatment.
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