Will a bird recover on it's own from a red nose due to smelling cooked onions?

I don't use teflon pans but recently I was cooking onions and noticed the next day that my birds nose was irritated. His nose looked worse as it was very red and now it's still red but looks better.

Do birds ever recover on their own or do they always need something to treat a respiratory irritation? This particular bird is a Dusky Conure. His breathing isn't labored but I have a heard a sneeze or two but not bad or anything out of the ordinary. Just the red nose is concerning and new.

I was slow to notice the irritation and my husband noticed first but as it improved, the next morning, I didn't worry about it but now with it not disappearing and one little sneeze last night, I'm worried. I am going to call our vet today to take him in to get checked but any information will be appreciated.

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Aug 21, 2009
Bird needs to see a vet
by: The Vet

You should not wait for your bird to recover on his own ? ever. The moment you see clinical signs, you need to take him in, regardless of the severity. Because, it may not look serious now, but left untreated, it can become serious quickly.

Birds are very good at hiding signs of illness and by the time you recognize there is a problem, the problem has been there for 2-3 days. In this case you know when it started so you are able to get immediate care. Waiting will only make things worse in almost all cases.

Aug 20, 2009
by: Linda

Yes, take him into vet, and from here on in, keep bird completely out of the kitchen or near the kitchen. Kitchens are a source for many types of irritants as you have found with the onions.

The vet will check him out and give some meds to relieve the irritation to his upper respiratory system.

Birds and kitchens just do not mix as kitchens are dangerous places for birds out of cage. When you are cooking, give your bird one of his favorite treats and put him in his cage and move it to another room away from the smells, smoke and steam from the kitchen.

Thanks for writing and thanks for taking your bird to the vet when he needs it.


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