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Old 11-28-2018, 10:13 PM
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Hello everyone. I'll get right into it. As some of you know not long ago my cockatiel, Coco, had some sinus problems for more or less 2 months. And she has gotten better. Yeah, she has cataracts now. It doesn't seem to hinder her much though since she still plays and eats and drinks plenty. She preens. However, she still sleep tons. She still sneezes. As if that's not alarming enough she still breathes with her beak open now and then. I mean she still has the energy to sing sometimes, but not like before. Any advice? Should I take her to the vet again? I don't want to stress her again like before. She's been through hell and back those 2 months. Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-28-2018, 10:14 PM
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Re: Open beak breathing

I would take her.
Did you get blood work done last time, or any x-rays?
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Old 11-28-2018, 10:52 PM
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Re: Open beak breathing

Yes she is going need a vet. Whith so many sick ones I'm not sure your back story, but I'm sorry you have a sick bird. This sounds like a relapse of psittacosis, is that what she had? It's treatable but takes treatment for s long time some recommendations are 45 days... It often relapses. If that's what she had??? If so when you treat her again you have to really keep scrubbing everything, so to help not reinfecting herself. The symptoms you describe ate very serious. Keep us posted.
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Re: Open beak breathing

Ok read your other thread. You might need a different certified avain veterinarian specialist. Because your burden had been given way to much medicine without s diagnosis. You need blood work and a diagnosis. All this medicine can be hard on her. But as sick as she is she does need treatment, but the right treatment for a diagnosed disease. Man you guys have been through some rough times!!! My sympathies, I hope you get the right help.
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Re: Open beak breathing

If she's still actively sneezing then that's a sign that it's not just "she's getting old" or any other natural explanation for her sleeping a lot...She still has an upper respiratory/sinus condition, and when you say "now she has cataracts", they don't develop that quickly so that they'd be visible within a week or two...I've never heard you mention "cataracts" before, so if this is something that has just popped-up in the last week or two, then it's probably not "cataracts", but rather horrible conjunctivitis in her eyes, which is a major symptom of Psittacosis Chlamydia...But if you could post a photo of her eyes so we could see what you're talking about it would help...

As Laura already mentioned, I think she either has Psittacosis Chlamydia and she was given the wrong meds to treat it or not for a long enough period of time to get rid of it, or it's some other kind of infection and the meds she already took were not the correct meds...

This is what happens when Vets don't do the proper testing to get a diagnosis and prescribe the correct meds...and if it is Psittacosis, the treatment needs to be 45 days/6-7 weeks long to get rid of it completely....And at this point I think you'd be best to give her the oral antibiotics by Nebulizer, so that the medicine gets right into her lung/respiratory tissue.

I think it is Psittacosis based on the upper respiratory and eye symptoms, and sometimes it requires a combination treatment is required to treat it, meaning Doxycycline and Azithromycin together, plus an antibiotic eye drop and then also a Probiotic supplement to prevent a Fungal/Yeast infection from developing from all the antibiotics...It's mostly likely that she didn't get the meds for a long enough course (if I remember correctly she was on Doxycycline already, but only for a very short course), and again it needs to be 45 days/6-7 weeks, every day, to properly eliminate Psittacosis Chlamydia...Your Vet needs to properly diagnose this though, through upper respiratory cultures and blood work...
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Re: Open beak breathing

Maybe you can use these links to find some help.
Certified Avian Vets
https://abvp.com/animal-owners/find-an-abvp-specialist/
If none are near you...
Avian Veterinarians
http://www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803
In my opinion, any of the vets listed here should be better than a regular vet.

I'm so sorry for all the struggles. Maybe you can find some real help, at last.
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Re: Open beak breathing

The op, original thread is " Did my Cockatiel had a seizure" might be best to link the threads...
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