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Default Budgie in Recovery from Respiratory Infection - But still very weak :(

Hello All,
My Budgie Chicharro is only a year old - however, he has always been very small in comparison to his brother Mango. 2 weeks ago over Thanksgiving Break he had a very bad respiratory infection - in truth he almost died. It was really a nightmare situation as most Vet Hospitals in the Bay Area, CA - only specialize in Dogs and Cats, and places that normally had avian specialists, these avian specialist were on vacation for Thanksgiving. We ended up taking Chicharro to the vet about 36 hours after the symptoms began. The vet was very good - gave him a shot of antibiotics and hospitalized him for the day (in a oxygen and heat regulated chamber). Chicharro, seemed to be recovering - I had him in a small carrier cage with a heating pad underneath - as the vet recommended for about a week and half. Feeling optimistic I bought him a brand new cage for just him (as he can no longer be in the same cage as his brother). However, in a normal sized bird cage - it has become apparent again how weak he is His tail is still bobbing - Also the infection caused a stroke, meaning his left foot no longer has any strength. I think he struggles to sleep and maintain his balance. He is still eating - he no longer plays - he just stays on one branch. Tomorrow, I'm taking him to the vet again, but honestly each visit is $70 +. Any recommendations with dealing with a sick budgie? Is it better to keep him in a small carrier cage even if he is unhappy? Tips, on how I can arrange his cage (remember due to his left leg not working, he has a lot of problems with balance)? Is it cruel for us to even keep him alive at this point? He hardly sings anymore... Please, I need advice......

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Welcome to the forums,

I'm very sorry for all that you have been going through with Chicharro.
Due to his fragile state, it's best to keep him on the small cage and to follow the recommendations from the avian vet to keep him warm.
In addition you can cover the cage's bottom with a small towel or cloth in order to cushion a potential fall, since you mention he has balancing problems. Putting a couple of perches at a lower position (near the bottom of cage) will also be helpful.
During this time you can supplement his diet with egg food as this is highly nutritious and is helpful to nurse sick and convalescent birds. In order to alleviate the respiratory distress and help with the breathing, you can create a little steam area for him. This can be done by placing the cage in the bathroom, closing the door and running the shower hot.

Did the vet give any vitamins or medication for the stroke?
With time, it's possible for Chicarro's leg to regain some if not all of the mobility.
There is medication that helps in achieving this and you can also help him out by encouraging to use his bad leg and to do some simple physical therapy exercises.

Knowing Chicharro the way you do, you are in the best position to make a decision, it will also be extremely important the talk you will be having with the avian vet regarding Chicharro's overall health condition.
If he has good chances for a recovery, then you will continue to help him on the journey to full health.
Even if by chance he doesn't regain mobility on his foot, he can still lead a completely normal and fulfilling life.

I'm sending my prayers and best wishes for your Chicharro's recovery.
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aluz has offered you some great additional advice to what you have been told by the vet.

I hope that your little Chicharro feels better soon and we all look forward to an update.
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yes - thank you so much for your advice. Great suggestions - So far i have been giving him drops of calcium by mouth. Also the vet told me to put crushed TUMS in his food. But I will look into the Egg food. And I will try to your suggestion about the steam, and cage adjustments. You gave me hope - thank you!
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aluz has given you excellent advice.
You can also use platform type perches in the cage which will make it easier for Chicharro to rest.

I have Chicharro in my prayers and will be looking forward to your update after you see the Avian Vet with him.

You can add Guardian Angel or Pedialyte to his water which will help balance his electrolytes and encourage him to continue to eat and drink.

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Hi there and to the forums!

I'm sorry to hear of the issues that you've been having with darling Chicharro. I agree with all the advice given so far; I hope that he feels better soon.

Please keep us posted on his condition!

Meanwhile, take a look around the forums, and if you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask afterwards.

I will also be keeping your little boy in my prayers.

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Thank you everyone for your advice - I will keep you updated on Chicharro - tomorrow, I go to the vet so we will see what he says.
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Hello Everyone,
Here is the update on Chicharro. The vet said that his lungs are almost clear, and his heart beat is much stronger. He also said he gained some weight since the last visit. Also he is gaining strength in the left leg (that he drags along). I was still worried about Chicharro's overall weakness. The vet said that it may take a lot of time for Chicharro to recover, however, since we already treated him for the respitory infection, the next thing we could try is antibiotics to treat him for possible encephalitis (inflammation in the brain). This might also explain his head tilt to the left side, weakness in the left leg, etc. The antibiotics would be administered for 21 days, however, they could cause Chicharro some nausea. If he stops eating, I'm to call the vet immediately. Here is my question to the group. Should I give Chicharro the second round of antibiotics (for something honestly the vet is not sure he has)? Or should I wait and see if Chicharro slowly but surely regains his strength (its seems though he is headed in that direction)? This is very hard for me, because as a person, I do prefer to let my body naturally fight things, and I avoid taking medicine if I can. I'm not sure my logic really works for a bird? I think my worry is that right now he is eating well and gaining weight and the antibiotics could make him nauseas and loose his appetite - would that be worth it? Any thoughts on this? I need some advice!
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I would not recommend a second round of antibiotics, especially since the vet doesn't know if they will help.

Keep Chicharro warm and calm.
If he has finished the first round of antibiotics, then I suggest you start giving him pro-biotics to help build up the good flora in his system.

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You can also give him millet soaked in Guardian Angel to help balance the electrolytes in his body and encourage him to eat and drink.

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Ensure he is getting egg food about twice a week as his body will need the protein for healing.
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