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Old 09-14-2019, 10:41 AM
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

Makes sense, thanks for the update! Hope you see rapid improvement!!
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

UPDATE thought she was getting better but today she looked awful- red, wet face and obvious irritation. Calling the vet tomorrow to see what she says.
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

Oh this poor baby! I hope she is alright.
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

Sorry to see a regression, so much redness.

Is the vet avian certified? Curious to know if blood and/or culture tests were performed to determine nature of infection. Vets often see "exotics" without specialized education and prescribe meds in scattershot manner. If the first antibiotic is unsuccessful, another is attempted....
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

This looks like psittacosis, it's treatable but has a long treatment time. And sometimes you will get a secondary yeast infection because of the long antibiotics treatment time. You need see an avain vet specialist, they can test and treat appropriately. Sooo sorry, also will need vet subscribe eye drops do eyes don't get damaged and scar. Also easy for them to reinfect themselves. So you need to clean every inch of the cage, I use dilute vinegar in cold water. Don't mix with hot water because will release harmful fumes. Wipe down each bar of the cage, each perch, clean bowls very well, discard soft things that can be cleaned. Vinegar is safe, can be irritating so after I finish cleaning I go back and use a water only damp cloth and wipe down everything again.
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

I don't know your birds diet. If he doesn't eat pellets he might be low on vitamin D, so taking him outside in a zip tie secure cage, and because if his eyes only in dappled shade not full sun, for 15 minutes to 30 minutes three times a week will help. Feed hot red chilli peppers that will help with vitamin A they can eat seeds and all, the capsicum is also believed to be an immune booster. Because of the antibiotics please add probiotics to food, you can buy at pet store and sprinkle over food, do not add to water. Or feed a small amount of live culture yogurt, read the lable to be sure says live culture, . My birds are very willing to eat this right from my fingers as a treat. Only certain antibiotics treat psittacosis and you have to treat from two weeks to s month. ( If that's what he has, easy to test for) he needs to see a vet quickly sometimes they can die quickly from this, or they can develop a chronic form, but I wouldn't take chances. It's very treatable, they can fully recover, but reinfecting is common, so you have to be extra extra cleaning diligence during the whole treatment and after. Poor thing, please get better quickly!!!
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

Quote: Originally Posted by Scott View Post
Sorry to see a regression, so much redness.

Is the vet avian certified? Curious to know if blood and/or culture tests were performed to determine nature of infection. Vets often see "exotics" without specialized education and prescribe meds in scattershot manner. If the first antibiotic is unsuccessful, another is attempted....
Yes, the doctor is a certified avian and exotics vet. We didn't do a blood test the first time I saw her because Jay looked stable and she suggested we try something smaller first. However, I'm seeing her again this Friday (earliest availability) so we will likely be doing a blood test! Fingers crossed.
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
I don't know your birds diet. If he doesn't eat pellets he might be low on vitamin D, so taking him outside in a zip tie secure cage, and because if his eyes only in dappled shade not full sun, for 15 minutes to 30 minutes three times a week will help. Feed hot red chilli peppers that will help with vitamin A they can eat seeds and all, the capsicum is also believed to be an immune booster. Because of the antibiotics please add probiotics to food, you can buy at pet store and sprinkle over food, do not add to water. Or feed a small amount of live culture yogurt, read the lable to be sure says live culture, . My birds are very willing to eat this right from my fingers as a treat. Only certain antibiotics treat psittacosis and you have to treat from two weeks to s month. ( If that's what he has, easy to test for) he needs to see a vet quickly sometimes they can die quickly from this, or they can develop a chronic form, but I wouldn't take chances. It's very treatable, they can fully recover, but reinfecting is common, so you have to be extra extra cleaning diligence during the whole treatment and after. Poor thing, please get better quickly!!!

I've sent the photos to my vet and mentioned the possibility of psittacosis! However I saw that one of the most common symptoms is bright green/watery droppings, but hers are normal, more or less.
Just did a full cage cleaning anyways and put her outside in the sun for a bit as per your suggestions. Will be getting some yogurt tomorrow as well. As for the eye drops, I've been using the prescribed ofloxacin eye drops, do those count?
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

I'm glad vet gave you eye drops before that's excellent. Psittacosis doesn't not always have to have fecal symptoms. I m so glad you can get avian vet care. I hope your baby gets well soon..keep us updated, as I'm worrying over your situation.
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Glad to know Jay's vet is avian certified. Good policy to begin conservatively, having the skills to progress aggressively only if required. Please keep us updated!!
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