Senegal with asthma

by Fay. N.
(Norfolk, GB)

My 16 yr old Senegal has attacks of asthma fairly frequently. We observe it happening around once a fortnight on av. but of course we don't know how he is when we're out.

He starts by "sneezing" for 10-15 mins.The tail movements become more and more extreme. This usually worsens until he is wheezing loudly, trying to shake mucus from his beak, stretching his neck out and opening his beak as if trying to clear something in his mouth. He gets very worried and initially tries to talk. It can take an hour or more to subside

We have tried removing/changing foodstuffs, changing the paper on the bottom of his cage, moving him to another room. No noticeable difference.

Is there anything more we can try short of invasive proceedures? Other indoor birds are present, also dogs.

Cooking and the coal fire do not affect him.
Thank you for any help you can offer. I wish there was something we could spray near him like my own asthma inhalers, to relieve his symptoms, but I doubt this would be sensible. (Husband = retired vet.)

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Feb 20, 2012
"Asthmatic" Senegal
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the Vet's suggestions re my parrot.
Seen by avian vet in Jan; choice of either investigation at surgery or trying out
1. anti fungal drops,
2. antibiotic drops,
3. extra Vit. A in drops.
We opted for the drops.
Bird currently receiving 1. and 3. (In a little bread, in half a grape or on a piece of apple.)
Not had an attack since seeing Vet, at least not when we're about. However in the past he often has appeared to go some time without an attack so only the passage of time will tell us if his health has improved to any degree.

Jan 04, 2012
Thanks for comment
by: Anonymous

Thank-you for your suggestion re wheezy Senegal. Avian vet has been consulted in past but unable to help much. However, about to make new appointment in hopes that more help available than before.

Dec 23, 2011
Bird with asthma
by: The Avian Vet

First you need to determine what is causing these symptoms. Birds, due to their anatomy, do not have asthma, although symptoms can be similar. You need to have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian to determine a diagnosis before treatment can be recommended. The symptoms can be consistent with foreign body, allergies, dry air, infection, and other possibilities.

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Dr B

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