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We just got two budgies a few days ago. The female has been

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Hi we just got two budgies a few days ago. The female has been eating better and moving a lot but is not all of a sudden breathing rapidly with a bobbing tail. Is there anything we can do?
JA: Hi there. I know breathing problems can be worrying. Let's get you talking to the Vet. What's the budgie's name and age?
Customer: DJ 3 months
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr Chris replied 16 days ago.

Hi, Welcome to Just Answer. I'm Chris, a small animal Vet based in the UK. I am reviewing your question and will get back to you as soon as possible

Expert:  Dr Chris replied 16 days ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your budgie. Firstly can I check that the Budgies are not situated anywhere where they could be exposed to any fumes? In particular smoke, cleaning products, Teflon fumes (from cooking, ovens etc) or other aerosols?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
No they are safely distanced away from all of that
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Hi sorry are you still there?
Expert:  Dr Chris replied 16 days ago.

OK good. In which case we could be looking at a respiratory infection most likely chlamydopholosis, see https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/chlamydophilosis-in-birds.

If we are seeing tail bobbing and increased respiratory rate then urgent treatment is required.

A trip to the vets as soon as possible will be required as antibiotics are likely to be needed to get on top of this before it causes a more serious problem or deterioration. Excellent cage hygiene is also important to prevent recurrence.

I hope that answers your question? Please let me know if you need any further help or advice.