My bird is hoarse

I live 200 miles from a vet an my bird got sick tonight. He is 17 yrs old and sounds hoarse. He other wise acts normal. I would hate to lose him. any suggestions?

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Jul 06, 2011
Bird with respiratory problems
by: The Avian Vet

This could be caused by so many things, including nutritional deficiencies, infection, dry air (low humidity) can complicate it, exposure to air borne toxins. I think that you need to make a road trip to see the vet. Where are you that this is the closest vet?

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Dr B

Jul 06, 2011
My bird is hoarse
by: Linda

You will have to take your bird to be examined and treated by an Avian Vet Only because dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in the diagnosis and treatment of birds or other exotic wild animals.

There is a link on this site for help in finding an Avian Vet. Also, sudden changes like this could also mean there is a toxin in your home. Never use room deoderizers either plug in, candles or the spray it all over kind. Sometimes other toxins can be in the house like paint, glue or other fuming agents best used outside. Even cleaning agents like bleach, ammonia and the ever popular poison, Pine Sol, cannot be used around birds. If you have central heat and air, what is used in one room is quickly carried into all rooms in your home. Poison is best used outside or in an outside building. This includes craft supplies like wet glue, spray adhesives, oil paints and even some of the water-based acrylic mediums. Buy and use items that are bird safe, and if you aren't sure, ask the manufacturer.

I'm sorry that you'll have to find an avian vet, and when we have birds, we also have to know where the nearest avian vet is located. I hope you don't have to drive 200 miles to the nearest avian vet, so use the Find an Avian Vet page here and also make use of phone book by calling around and seeing if anyone knows of an avian vet closer to you.

Linda

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