Metronidazole for gas and bubbles in droppings?
I'm writing once again about my 5 year old Sun Conure. I seen a board certified vet last week and nothing was found to be wrong according to fecal tests, blood test, physical exam and eye stains. She was unable to do additional x-rays (some were done in April) because my bird was very stress and did not look well so she didn't want to take the risk.
She suggested to address the gas sound when droppings are expelled and bubbles in the droppings to cut the fruit out of her diet for a few days to see if it improves. If not she may try her on metronidazole to see if that helps. I am concerned about administering antibiotics as I don't want to cause any harm to my bird if they are not absolutely necessary.
Are there any known side effects to this medication or is there anything else you would suggest to treat the gas/bubbles? PCRs were done in April from Giardia and Clostridia, both of which were negative. She only eats Harrison's HP Fine and Harrison's Birdie Bread otherwise, along with limited fruit and veg.
She has also lost some weight (about 15g since December) but the vets can't figure out why. Would it be worth trying Harrison's Avian Enzyme for this issue? Also I was diagnosed with Strep Throat and was concerned about her being affected by this as I realize it is a bacterial infection, not a virus which I know birds can't catch from us. I am washing my hands frequently and not letting her near my mouth or sharing food with her to prevent any transmission of the bacteria.
Thanks for any help!