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My cockateil is not well he's puffed up and has runny

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Hi, my cockateil is not well he's puffed up and has runny poop. I've been away for a week and someone has been looking after him. Before I went away he was fine. I've rang some vets and can not get in until Monday will he be ok until then?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Any changes to his breathing?

What color and consistency are his stools?

Is Charlie still eating and drinking well?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Hi, he's still eating and drinking his breathing is fine his droppings are watery. He is still active but will sit puffed up and sometime puts head under wing.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.

Poor lad, that is certainly not a happy chappy.

Now I have to say that I am quite concerned about Charlie. As I am sure you can appreciate, birds are prey species and thus go out of their way to hide that they are unwell until it is quite advanced.So, this fluffing are quite significant.

Now it would be best to have him seen now if we could, since it would allow us to pinpoint the root cause for his signs sooner and get him onto treatment and this cleared quicker. It would be especially ideal since we can see diarrhea and lethargy due to a range of causes (ie systemic based, infectious, organ based, etc).

Though if that is not an option, then we do need to start supportive care. To start, I would suggest starting a probiotic/immune support treatment like Avipro Plus. As well, if while monitoring you find that he isn't eating well at any point, we'd want to be ready to tempt with favourite foods (fiber rich ones like brown rice, cous cous, and even canned pumpkin can help bulk up stools) +/- supplementing with a calorie/nutrient rich treatment like Nutrical. Or you can even purchase OTC handfeeding pastes (ie Zupreem) to use if need be. That way we can try to settle any benign gut disturbances and try to keep nutrition getting into him to prevent any weight loss before he is seen. As well, if he has any issues drinking, we can offer OTC avian electrolytes (ie Vit-al) as needed to keep him hydrated despite his losses.

Finally, once he is seen, we'd want to have a full check but also consider having a stool sample tested. This can be checked for our suspect infectious agents (bacteria, viruses, parasites, and protozoa). As well, if on exam an organ issue is suspect, his vet can check bloods for those Depending on those findings and their examination, they can start treatment to clear this diarrhea and get your lad settled.

Overall, diarrhea in birds can quickly lead to dehydration, nutrition loss, and make them feel unwell. So, if he is letting you know he is feeling under the weather, we need to be proactive here. So, we’d want to initiate the above supportive care, monitor, and plan to have him checked if this doesn’t settle in the next 12-24 hours with our care.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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