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Old 09-03-2019, 04:05 PM
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Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

I just uncovered my cockatiel's cage this morning and found her with her head-and only her head- soaked and reeking of some kind of strong cleaning solution. We don't use cleaning sprays or anything that smells like what she was smelling like.

She appears otherwise healthy and her stool was normal. No matter how much I bathe her, the smell won't go away and her head has a wet appearance even after drying.

The earliest I can get her to a vet is this evening, but does anyone have any idea what in the world is going on??
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

Certainly strange, anybody else live in or have access to your residence?

If not cleaning solution, might it be a metabolic process or disease?
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

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Certainly strange, anybody else live in or have access to your residence?

If not cleaning solution, might it be a metabolic process or disease?
I do have three other roommates that I all grilled for clues, but they've all been out for the long weekend so it was just me and the bird. The only other people with access to the apartment are the housing management, but they won't enter without our permission.

I got back too late to go to the vet today, so I administered charcoal powder in the meantime and will go to see them tomorrow if her condition worsens.

For now she is still pretty active, vocalizing, etc and I managed to finally dry out her feathers. She still smells like cleaning solution though, a very sharp and sweet, lemony scent.
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

Very odd! That it was only her head suggests she may have dunked her head into a bowl of fluid. How are her eyes; any redness or irritation?
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

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Very odd! That it was only her head suggests she may have dunked her head into a bowl of fluid. How are her eyes; any redness or irritation?
The only fluid in her cage is her water bowl, and I smelled it before I cleaned it. There was no smell or anything else like the cleaning fluid scent in her cage. The area around her eyes and between her eyes and beak are slightly pinker than normal but she doesn't appear irritated by it.

This morning she was her usual self, no more wet head and the smell is almost gone! Will still be keeping a close eye on her the next few days.
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

The wet head may just be a head dunking. But the smell is likely from an oral cavity from an infection or like source. Answers come from tests and evaluation of an Avian Professional.
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

There have been many suprised people who discovered a loved one who didn't want the bird around, was responsible for the abuse..... You have multiple people, and their freinds who could be responsible...
I would seel veterinary advice
But for me I'd take precautions from room mates or roommate freinds. Can you put a camera on the bird? A lock on the cage??
I hope that a mean act of animal cruelty isn't the cause, and you find answers
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
There have been many suprised people who discovered a loved one who didn't want the bird around, was responsible for the abuse..... You have multiple people, and their freinds who could be responsible...
I would seel veterinary advice
But for me I'd take precautions from room mates or roommate freinds. Can you put a camera on the bird? A lock on the cage??
I hope that a mean act of animal cruelty isn't the cause, and you find answers
Update; The vet said that it might be an eye or sinus infection and prescribed Ofloxacin and Meloxicam for now.
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

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The wet head may just be a head dunking. But the smell is likely from an oral cavity from an infection or like source. Answers come from tests and evaluation of an Avian Professional.
Update; The vet said that it might be an eye or sinus infection and prescribed Ofloxacin and Meloxicam for now!
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Re: Cockatiel smells like Lysol?

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Update; The vet said that it might be an eye or sinus infection and prescribed Ofloxacin and Meloxicam for now!
So, for anyone who didn't already perceive how disgusting commercial fragrances are, we have it from a medical professional: the fragrance of Lysol is the same as the Odor of eye- or sinus-Infection.
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