need to know about sneezing ASAP.

by Elizabeth
(fort worth Texas.)

My blue and gold Jezebel has been dry sneezing for a month! I have taken her to the vets three times. He just keeps sending me home with antibiotics. they are doing nothing for her, and she hates taking them. you can hear her raspy breathing. I have not used chemicals, or changed our routine in any way. I can not think of a reason she maybe doing this. what should I do? I worry about her to the point it is now effecting my health. I would be heartbroken if something happened to her. My vet is obviously incompitant....I need advice AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

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Feb 21, 2012
was an avian vet
by: Elizabeth

The vet I brought her to was an avian older man who claimed to be vey good with macaws.....NOT SO MUCH! I have an appointment with another vet on friday.

Feb 18, 2012
by: Anonymous

Anything new in the environment? Are your doors open more then usual? Any new pets? I'm going with anything that can be alergic. Medication can only help heel quicker sometimes not always the solution. Have you switch any food, new food itdems?
It will click soon, I'm pulling for you......

Feb 18, 2012
Sneezing Macaw
by: The Avian Vet

In my opinion, you need to see an avian specialist immediately. Find an Avian Vet

I do not know what diagnostic testing has been done on your bird so far, but a culture would be very important, as would blood work, x-rays and even endoscopy. A culture should have been done before antibiotics were administered. If the symptoms are not improving with antibiotics, then a bacterial infection is not likely to be the primary problem.

The primary problem is causing the symptoms, as well as the secondary bacteria. For example, irritants, such as those you mentioned that you do not use, can inflame the mucosal linings of the sinuses and nasal cavities, making them more susceptible to secondary bacterial infections.

Another common primary cause is a foreign body such as a seed hull, bedding material, etc. can be lodged in a sinus or nasal cavity. These can sometimes be seen and retrieved with endoscopy.

An even more common primary problem is dry air. Indoor humidity is generally 10-20%; South American birds such as your macaw are more comfortable in 60-70%. Their mucus membranes become dry and irritated and cause sneezing and other upper respiratory symptoms. It is especially important to use humidified air during and as part of the therapy to treat the upper respiratory symptoms.

Blue and Gold macaws are notorious for having respiratory allergies (and “food” allergies), in particular some do not do well when housed with cockatoos, and they seem more sensitive to air pollutants especially tobacco smoke. In all of these cases and others, the antibiotics maybe worked to take care of the opportunistic bacteria, but the primary cause has not been addressed.

Dr B

Feb 17, 2012
need to know about sneezing ASAP.
by: Linda

Hopefully, you've been taking her to an Avian Vet as dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained to care for birds and will do nothing much to keep from being sued for malpractice. They commonly will either do nothing or give batches of antibiotics which sometimes do nothing except make problem worse from neglect. The meds cover them for malpractice but just barely, so always take bird to avian vet only. All avian vets are not the same, and you may have run into a quack or someone just out of school who has a lot to learn. Either way, you'll need to find another avian vet quickly as your bird is going downhill.

If this IS an avian vet, then immediately find another one even if you have to drive a ways to get there. What the antibiotics will do is cause a fungal(yeast infection) and then you'll have to treat original infection plus anti-fungals for the yeast infection.

The bird's infection needs to be identified so it can be treated with the correct medicines. Have new avian vet do a throat swab which is much more accurate than the anal one for bacterial infections, and see what type of bacteria is found. Then the avian vet can treat infection with the correct meds. You mentioned chest congestion, and this means this is going to run into pneumonia if not stopped immediately, so do not delay finding another avian vet. Have records from the other vet faxed to the new avian vet so they can see all the mess this one has given your bird.You can also go in and have them make a copy of all diagnosis and med information and walk out with the information which is what I'd do.

Let us know what the new avian vet has to say, and I'd also recommend some bloodwork being done to see how organs are functioning plus to see if this could be a viral infection instead of a bacterial one as it would be treated differently. You are running out of time, so God's Speed and keep in touch,

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