HELP! squeaking, breathless cockatiel

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by Animalian, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    Australia
    I would like to hear some theories on what could be wrong with my cockatiel, Pebbles.

    He is 8 years old, and about two months ago he started to squeak with every breath for about a minute every night. I took him to the vet when it first started, but he was not making the noise while there and when the vet tried to listen to him breathing he decided the stethoscope was trying to eat him so he started struggling and screaming. So she couldn't work out whats wrong.

    Tonight he stared squeaking with every breath out, and wheezing every breath in. His beak wide open. He has been going for.... 2 hours now. It's 9:30pm.

    When I got home my parents told me to "shut him up" because he's been doing it for 15 minutes already. I got angry at them for not noticing his obvious distress.

    I tried turning him upside down for a second in an effort to dislodge something if there was anything in his throat. No change, so I took him into the bathroom and put the shower on hot hoping the steam would help him. We normally have a shower together every morning, and he tried to do his usual dance in front of the mirror, preened himself, tried to sing with me, also begging for my to pour water on his back (I didn't because I didn't want him to go to bed wet). So he is still happy so I don't believe he's in pain. The steam must have worked somewhat because he's stopped wheezing, just squeaking.

    I video taped him to show the vet. I don't know what else to do, I hope he lives through the night. I've out him in the spare room with the heater on so it's extra dark to calm him. If he's still squeaking in the morning I'm taking him to the vet, screw work. Don't think I'll be sleeping tonight anyway....

    Anyone know what this could be or how I can help him until I can get him to the pros?!

    Why must these things always happen when the vets are closed?!?!?!?!?!?
     
  2. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    I was going to suggest video taping for the vet, but you beat me to it.
    Have you been able to get him to the vet? Hope he's ok.
     
  3. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    Australia
    YAY he's alive this morning, he's wheezing and only squeaks when he puts in effort. Eg.he started squeaking after he climb up my arm. So off to the vet we go! My new boss is not going to be happy! But I don't even like my new job anyway!

    Hope they can fix him [​IMG]
     
  4. nurseshelly

    nurseshelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    Gilbert AZ
    I hope your tiel will be okay!!! Are his nostrils clear? Sometimes they can get something stuck in their nostril and inhale it. Mine got a millet seed stuck in it's nostril one time! It took the vet forever to get it out! Also, sometimes they will do a nasal irrigation with antibiotics. Just depends on if the thing causing the squeak is in the nose or the trachea or lungs.
     
  5. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    Australia
    yeah that's what's weird, he looks fine, acting happy, tries to play but he loses his breath really quickly and has to stop.

    Waiting for the vet to open is ANNOYING..... only 10 more mins though....
     
  6. bagendhens

    bagendhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    any update?
    sounds like a respitory infection to me...
    probably will need antibiotics and make sure hes kept in a draft free location.
     
  7. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    Australia
    Yup vet said a respiratory infection possibly psittacosis. If it is psittacosis my hens are unlikely to get it. But he gave my a lecture on between cage hygiene anyway. Apparently ducks can and it shows as conjunctivitis in them. I told him I don't have ducks, so he told me ducks are awesome and I should get some lol I love this vet!

    On anti-biotics for ten days, they're in his water and he doesn't seem to like the taste of it. Vet's going to call to check on him through the week.

    Once again Pebbles hated the stethoscope but was slightly better because this vet was nice and 'edged' him into it, let him chew it etc first. So he didn't scream as much. Still came running back to me for his comforting head tickles after the 'assault' though.
     
  8. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

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    Please note that if he tests positive for psittacosis, this disease is transferable to humans.

    Hope he recovers quickly!
     
  9. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    Australia
    I know my vet told me. He said we should be ok, just don't give him kisses! Also it would be flu like symptoms for us and a blood test to id it, then we'd get antibiotics too.

    Just got to keep my fiancee away because his body sucks when it comes to not catching diseases and is even worse at recovering from them!!!

    Pebbles is much better this morning, still wheezing but not gasping from playing etc. So glad my little guys still here and happy [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. bagendhens

    bagendhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the antibiotcs will make a world of difference. hope he has a swift recovery and you guys dont manage to pick it up too lol.
     

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