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Hey everybirdie! I wish I were posting in a different section. I believe that Pepper might have some sort of respiratory infection maybe. I can hear noises from his chest when he breathes. We're going to try to get him in tomorrow. Our normal vet, Dr. J, isn't there tomorrow, so I hope the other vet is there. Pretty sure there's another avian savvy vet at that practice.

I'm going to call tomorrow on my break at work to try to get him in. Is there anything I can do for him in the mean time?

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Hi Kristen! I'm sorry to hear about Pepper

I hope it's nothing major!

In the meantime, you can put his cage near the shower to create steam, or put a dish of boiling water next to his cage and make a "tent" over both things to keep the steam in, etc.

This should help him breathe a little easier while you wait for the vet to become available.

I hope that the visit goes well, keep us posted!
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Thanks Star! I might take him in with me when I take a shower tonight. In his travel cage, of course!
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Kristen, I'm sorry to hear Pepper is having a little respiratory problems. Prayers and healing vibes to him. I'll be looking for your updates.
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Kristen,

I'm sure you've been a member of the forums long enough that you already know the following, but I will re-post it again for new members' benefit who may be reading your thread.

To help with respiratory issues, you can put your budgie’s cage in the bathroom when you run hot water through the shower so the cage is in the hot steamy air -- that will help open the airways.

Another option is to tent the cage with a sheet and place a pot or kettle of boiling water under the sheet where your budgie is unable to touch it and allow the steam to accumulate that way.

If you have pure eucalyptus oil, you can put one tiny drop into the water as that will also help to clear the airways so the budgie is better able to breathe.

Using a warm mist humidifier in the room with your budgies is a great way to help ease breathing problems.
We'll be looking forward to your update on Pepper's condition after his Avian Vet appointment.

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Sorry to hear of Pepper's problem. Make sure the vet checks for air sac mites as well as any infection, air sac mites can also cause a bird to makes noises while breathing, hope all goes well.
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Hey everybirdie! So there isn't another avian vet at that practice, so we were forced to look elsewhere. I made an appointment this morning while I was at work at the one vet I really dislike, because I thought she was the only other avian vet in my area. There was another one that Dr. J's practice told me about, but I didn't bother with them at first because every time I call a place like that, they tell me they don't treat birds. Anyway, I got the appointment, and I when I told Lonny about it, he wasn't thrilled either. When I got out of work, I called the other one just for kicks, and sure enough they do treat birds. So I made that appointment for 4:00pm today, and then cancelled the other one. I hope this vet is better the the first one today. Gonna do some more research on this one. I hope he'll be ok.
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Hey everybirdie! So we just got back from the vet about 20 minutes ago, and the boys are settling back in. The vet was super nice, although not QUITE as thorough overall as Dr. J. He checked his eyes, nares, and ears, of course. Checked for lumps and bumps, nothing there, thank God. Listened to his heart and lungs, and after all that he decided to give him some antibiotics. He prescribed Baytril, but I worry a little because he IS a new vet, and I know that Baytril can be dangerous if not dosed correctly. Has anyone ever had to use it on a fid that weighs 47-48g? I hope I'm not sounding paranoid, we just worry. We don't want to lose him to that with the problem being so simple.

The vet's is Dr. Stone, and he was very nice and kind to Pepper, who is currently going through a horrible molt. Him and his tech were very impressed by my ability to hold him. And also the fact that I weighed him myself at home. I guess not many bird owners are that on top of thing where I live. His tech said he looked good, which made me proud, and Pepper too since his molt is taking such a toll.

I'm going to e-mail Dr. J though and see if she agrees with the dose of Baytril. I think it's just going to take a few visits before I fully trust this guy.

One thing about the practice that really bothered me though was that they have a candle burning in the lobby on the front desk where you check in. I don't know why they would have that knowing that they treat birds, and how sensitive their lungs are.

Ok, I'll leave it there for now. Any advice on the dosage if possible would be wonderful!
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What dosage was prescribed? You didn't say.
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Oh shoot, sorry. The dosage was 0.1ml 2x daily for a week.
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