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Old 01-20-2019, 06:17 PM
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Re: Rhinolith / Nasal stones

Sending positive thoughts to you and Honey!
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Old 01-20-2019, 09:58 PM
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Re: Rhinolith / Nasal stones

Thank you for the replies everyone. I woke up just now and went to check in on Honey. He is breathing through his mouth ocassionally. He’s eating his pellets right now. My mom told me that he was playing prior to eating. Things are looking good. I’ll be taking him to the vet in an hour now.

I wanted to ask something first - Yesterday, when he started choking, he lost a feather immediately. Is this normal? This morning as well, I found another feather at the bottom of the cage. Is this because he’s sick? His tail is still bobbing.



This is from today. Yesterday’s feather was much bigger.
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Old 01-20-2019, 10:37 PM
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Re: Rhinolith / Nasal stones

The feathers probably got a good jostling from the last visit so a few may have come loose. Sending positive energy your way for a good outcome today!
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Old 01-20-2019, 11:48 PM
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Re: Rhinolith / Nasal stones

My cockatiel had kind of a mini-molt immediately after getting toweled to have her nails done. It is possible that being restrained knocks a few loose. Screamer grew some new ones and all was well, but I was a bit surprised that she dropped so many after being toweled.
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Old 01-21-2019, 03:39 AM
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Re: Rhinolith / Nasal stones

U P D A T E

The Vet was in for a surgery so I didn’t get to meet him but we talked over the phone. Since Honey is not breathing from his mouth anymore, he said that he’d skip the injection (this helps to pass urine and clear fluid from lungs) and just gave him nebulisation. So we did that and left. I have to check in the evening with the doc again to give him an update on Honey. Based on how he is doing, the vet will decide what to do next; whether or not to give an injection or not.

Honey is doing much better. A bit cranky but still back to his old self for most of the part. He’s usually so hyperactive and playful and seeing him yesterday so weak and gasping for air broke my heart. I never want to go through this again.

I’m still worried about any fluid that may still be in his lungs....I think most of it got out but I’m skeptical if all of it did. How can I be sure if his lungs are clear?

Thank you all for your support. You have no idea how much it means to me.

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Old 01-21-2019, 03:46 AM
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Re: Rhinolith / Nasal stones

It’s great Honey is doing better, he’s such a cute little guy! Do keep us posted with all the latest won’t you
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Re: Rhinolith / Nasal stones

Whenever fluid or anything liquid gets into the lungs, half the battle is getting it out, the other half is getting rid of the bacterial and/or fungal infection it leaves behind (pneumonia)...At this point any actual liquid that went into his lungs is gone now, and the nebulization of the antibiotics/steroids will hopefully take care of the pneumonia/infection...So I agree that giving Honey any more Diruetics is pointless, because there's no more fluid left inside of his lungs, it would have been expelled/absorbed not long after the aspiration happened...

As far as the "open-mouthed" breathing goes, that probably has to do with the Sinus issue and not the Pneumonia/aspiration...It's not at all uncommon for birds with clogged-sinuses to open-mouth breath simply because they have no choice, they HAVE to breath through their mouths...Did the Vet say anything about getting the Sinus-Flush done? I'm willing to bet that Honey will stop open-mouth-breathing immediately after the Sinus-Flush...
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Re: Rhinolith / Nasal stones

Thanks for update, glad things are getting better!!!
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Re: Keep Honey in your prayers - Emergency Vet Visit

Yes following and thankful things seem to be looking better.


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Old 01-22-2019, 05:45 AM
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Re: Rhinolith / Nasal stones

A very late update -

I was really tired and then really busy so couldn’t update you all.

Honey is doing much much better! No more mouth breathing and back to his self. He was very irritated last night after his vet visit and was lashing at everyone who came near his cage. He was growling and lashing at his own toys. I think the rough handling at the vet got to him a bit but he was back to normal this morning.

He was a lot more vocal today during the ride to the visit. The doc checked him up and gave him a clean bill of heath! Yay!!! He also flushed Honey’s nostril so we’re all good now!

I am so relieved. The past three days have felt like WEEKS. I am so so grateful that I found an avian vet here, without whom Honey would never have made it.

Thank you all for your messages and constant support. This forum always lifts me up


Here’s a photo of Honey sight seeing at the balcony today after his visit to the vet.

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