Umbrella cockatoo breathing differently

Umnbrella cockatoo breathing quickly and shallow. Sounds like it has a stuffed up nose (so to speak). Cause and cure info would be nice.

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Mar 01, 2011
Umbrella cockatoo breathing differently
by: Linda

Cause is usually a bacterial infection. Birds have only gram positive bacteria in their bodies. Animals like dogs, cats, humans and so on have gram negative bacteria which can be given to birds or they can get it some other way. Healthy birds can take a great deal of gram negative bacteria before they actually get sick. Once that limit is reached, you will see symptoms like you describe start to show. It will go from bad to worse.

Cure is to take your bird to a licensed and trained Avian Vet only for exam, diagnosis and treatment. Never give over the counter meds especially those found in pet stores. Until you know what kind of infection it is, as in what kind of bacteria or virus, infection cannot be successfully treated and bird will continue to go down. Most over the counter meds either do no good or can and do kill birds everyday, so always take a sick or injured bird to a bird doctor.

Thanks for writing,

Feb 28, 2011
Umbrella breathing different
by: Tracie

Dr B can not help you with this, because your bird needs to be seen in person to determine what is wrong. Prescriptions can only be written in person, and only after the avian vet knows what is causing the problem.

Your bird could have an infection, but who knows what kind? A bacterial infection is treated differently than a viral infection. It may not be an infection but a disease.

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