Sneeze like crazy - parakeet

by Tiffany
(Oak harbor, WA, USA)

My 1 1/2 yr. Old male parakeet has been sneezing like crazy for the past three days. About every 5-10 minutes he sneezes. Is this something that should concern me? I haven't noticed any change in his droppings or body fluids from the eyes, nose or vent. Is there anything I can do for him at home or should I take him to a vet? I've already tried putting a heater on low a few feet from his cage and adding a small amount more of his Dailey vitamins.

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Jan 07, 2014
by: Alex

STOP the vitamins.

You can cause toxicity.

Only give vitamins and medication prescribed by an avian vet.

Jan 06, 2014
Please get your bird to the vet now!
by: Patricia W

My Kakariki parrot started the same thing and I waited I read that this can happen in the change of the seasons. Turns out she had some type of lung issue in the long run and unfortunately died. It started with sneezing for days and then her lungs became affected and you could actually hear "trying' to breath.

Please go now!!!

Good luck to you!

Jan 06, 2014
Sneezing parakeet
by: Tracie

Have you offered clean water for the bird to bathe in? It is possible that the bird has something in it's nares that needs to come out.

Since it has been 3 days, you should take the bird to an avian vet, because if something is stuck it will cause an infection. If nothing is stuck in there, that means there is something else wrong, and only an in person visit by an avian vet will determine what is wrong and what must be done to remedy it.

Because nothing can be determined over the Internet, please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

If your bird drinks from water sitting in the cage all day, instead of a water bottle, then it is possible your bird has a bacterial infection. Water should not be left in the cage for more than 3 or 4 hours at the most.

Food from the bird's beak gets in the water, sometimes feces are in the water, and bacteria grows like crazy in the water. Then the bird gets that water up it's nares and all over it's body if it also bathes or dips in the water.

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