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my budgie is wheezing and softly squeeking but otherwise is

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my budgie is wheezing and softly squeeking but otherwise is ok. still flying and active. what is causing this and what can i do
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
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I'm sorry to hear of this with Stanley. Once a budgie exhibits those symptoms of respiratory disease, a severe infection has already developed. The infectious agent is usually bacterial in budgies and it can rapidly become systemic - involving his abdominal organs as well.

Administering antibiotics in Stanley's water isn't prudent. These birds will rarely drink enough to medicate themselves properly. Instead, Stanley's vet should prescribe an oral antibiotic such as enrofloxacin or tetracycline which you would then administer directly into Stanley's beak 1-2 times daily for a minimum of 10 consecutive days. The vet should demonstrate this procedure for you. Heating Stanley's environment to 26-32C by means of a heating pad placed around the bottom of his cage (lowest setting!) or shining a 100W light bulb into his cage (during the day only!) will be helpful as well.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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