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    Cockatiel breathing heavily-please help

    Hi everyone,

    I have a male cockatiel, Ollie, who is about 6 years old. About 2 weeks ago he started sneezing and coughing alot which then resulted in very heavy breathing (he had to open his beak to breathe). i took him to an avian vet who said he had a respiratory disease, gave him an injection and prescribed doxybiotic to be gievn to him by mixing one spoon in 1 litre of water. I did this and ollie improved dramatically and was almostback to his normal self and the sneezing and coughing had stopped completely, once he had completed the course of doxybiotic. However, this afternoon he has started with it again just as badly if not worse than before, should i take him back to the vet? is there anything else i can do? i have also started putting a humidifier in his room at night and thought that might also have helped, should i continue to do this?

    any input would be greatly appreiated, thank you :-)

    Tammy&Ollie

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    Re: Cockatiel breathing heavily-please help

    If it is worse than before, I would get him right to the vets. It sounds like he is having a bit of a relapse. I doubt the humidifier has anything to do with it, it is more likely he wasn't on the antibiotic for long enough and the bug wasn't killed off entirely.

    I hope he turns around and gets better! Let us know what the vet says too.

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    Re: Cockatiel breathing heavily-please help

    Take Ollie immediately to the vet. In March ZoZo contracted an upper respiratory illness. He was constantly sneezing and then became lethargic. The vet injected him with Doxycyline. Within three days, he was back to normal. The Vet did inform me that there was a possibility that I would see improvement, then relapse in which case will need a follow up injection. If your vet gives you a choice between an injection versus drops, give Ollie the injection. It will stress him a little, but you know he is getting the proper dosage.

    Good luck and keep us posted!

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    Re: Cockatiel breathing heavily-please help

    I agree with Barb and Bobbi. Take him to the vet as soon as possible or at least call the vet to see what he/she says. It sounds like the medicine helped but didn't completely do the job.

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    Re: Cockatiel breathing heavily-please help

    I agree with everyone.
    you take the bird to the veterinary.
    the problem is the following:
    if the antibiotic don't has killed totaly the bacteria then this is a great problem.
    in fact the bacteria now can be stronger than before thus is fondamental to change the kind of antibiotic because the bacteria can be immunes at the old antibiotic.
    in every case it is important to know what says the veterinary.
    keep us update
    good luck

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    Re: Cockatiel breathing heavily-please help

    Thanks everyone!
    i took ollie back to the vet this morning, he agreed about the medicine so gave him another injection and im taking him back tomorrow to get another injection, he said that with the injections its easier to ensure that he gets the correct dosage. After that he will give me some more drops to continue with.

    i will keep you all posted :-)

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    Re: Cockatiel breathing heavily-please help

    ohhh good luck with it...all this information is so good to have as well...
    hope Ollie gets to have a long and happy life after this little hiccup

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    Re: Cockatiel breathing heavily-please help

    I believe Ollie is on the path to recovery! In no time, he will be back to his wonderful self!!

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    Re: Cockatiel breathing heavily-please help

    Thanks for letting us know about Ollie - I'm sure he'll be feeling alot better in no time. But do let us know how he does ...

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    Thanks for the update. I am so glad you took him back in!

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    Re: Cockatiel breathing heavily-please help

    I am happy he went back to the vet too and got another shot. Hopefully after the next shot he will be breathing much better. I think instead of putting medicine in his water you should ask the vet to give you some that you can give to him in his beak with a syringe. It is harder to give meds this way but so much better because then you will know they are getting the right dose. I heard some birds especially tiels wont drink that much water if something is in it so they dont get all the medicine they should be getting.
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    Re: Cockatiel breathing heavily-please help

    Hi all,

    Ollie is almost back to his old self, he is talking and whistling again, playing nicely, sleeping on 1 foot and grinding his beak, his appetite has also improved-alot! i took him back to the vet today for his last injection and was really quite angry with the vets assitant, when it was time for the injection he reached into ollies cage, pushed him against the bars and grabbed him, he pushed him so hard into the bars that they cut ollies chest and drew blood!!!! this is the third injection he has had and he normally takes it relatively well (he hates it but doesnt really kick up a fuss, he is quite tame) but this new assistant didnt follow the normal procedure! the vet looked at his chest and said it was just a scratch so he should be fine, and now ( a few hours later after a long nap) ollie is happily cleaning and playing on my desk so he does seem to be okay :-)

    thanks everyone for your input!

    Tammy and Ollie

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    Re: Cockatiel breathing heavily-please help

    Good for you Tammy & Ollie! I'm really happy to hear that he's pretty much up to snuff in spite of a stupid vet's assistant. Hopefully all's well that ends well.

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    Re: Cockatiel breathing heavily-please help

    I am glad that Ollie is recovering nicely. Hopefully the vet's assistant will be disciplined accordingly as there is no justification for his behavior, especially when he is causing injury to an animal.

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