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Contact Tour. Remember Me? What's New? Dont know what to do! Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last Jump to page: Results 1 to 15 of Hi all. I have a younger Parakeet Cirrus as she looks like clouds who has been "sickly" since I got her not completely pos.

I originally got from the store a packet of antibiotics before I could get them into an avian vet.

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Its over 45 mins away well Stripes got better and Cirr is still sick. All my other budgies flourished, they are strong, fly around, gained weight. Cirr is still sickly and her diarrhea got worse. She can barely fly is weak, sits around a lot, sleeps a ton, puffs up and worst thing past 2 days shes been on bottom of cage! So sad her bonded buddy Stripes sits down there with her and protects her, i have never seen 2 animals so bonded! Okay well I brought her to the vet in November they gave her doxycycline and I gave it to her for two weeks they did a smear to make sure and he said she also had a bit of a respiratory prob.

She seemed to get a bit better then I noticed it again. Her poo has no form and is greenish. She has no feathers left on her butt.

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I clean her often to make sure her vent isn't blocked. Well 10 days ago I went back to avian vet and he gave her another stronger antibiotic Baytril. Both meds are drops I put into her mouth. She seemed to get worse after this new medicine. I really dont know what else to do. I am going to call the Avi vet and bring her back in tomorrow.

Does anyone know about how long until the antibiotics start working? She HAS been eating and drinking but I noticed not as much. I KNOW she is very sick please don't just post to tell me that.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated!! I also plan on giving her probiotics once shes done with the antibiotics. Prayers for my baby are also very appreciated! Thanks again! If cannot get advice soon from others on this site, do not wait longer, contact a vet. Anytime a little bird ends up sitting on the bottom of the cage floor, all puffed up, it is time for a Vet check-up. I understand you've had her there before, but it is apparent that she is not getting better, and I'm pleased to hear you are going to take her back to the Vet tomorrow.

Hopefully she will survive until then, but I'm being quite frank when I say "hopeful", because your little Cirr defintely needs medical attention ASAP! You asked for some suggestions, so I will state some of my own thoughts to you.A healthy parakeet poop is not very wet and has well-defined feces and urates.

The feces portion is typically green or brown while the urates should be white. Anything that veers from this norm is concerning, but the wet, loose poops or diarrhea are frequently transient in nature and in many cases, can be explained by the following causes.

The theme with all of these causes is probably readily apparent. You should be able to define the root cause relatively easily based on what your budgie has just been doing or eating. The diarrhea itself ought to be short lived, except in the case of fear, which can take a bit longer to resolve in a newly acquired budgie or molting, as that can be intermittent over a period of time.

Trust your gut and keep an eye out for any other symptoms. There are many instances in which diarrhea warrants a call to your vet. Please note — I am neither a vet nor a medical expert about parakeets.

This post should not substitute medical care for your pet and I am not making any specific recommendations of care. Fear based wet poops. This is typically seen in parakeets that are new to your home and feeling very anxious. When they are afraid they can have very loose poop that sometimes has no urates at all and is just a small amount of feces and urine.

These should resolve either when the parakeet has gotten over being startled or whenever they feel comfortable. Post-bath poops that are completely liquid. When a budgie takes a bath they frequently ingest a lot more water than would be typical for them. This can result in waste that is completely water. This should be relatively short-lived. Side note — it always reminds me of the Baby Alive Doll that I used to have where you would feed her the bottle of water and the liquid would just run straight through her!

Eating fruits or vegetables. Fruits and vegetables have a very high water content compared to seeds. Eating a big helping of wet lettuce or watermelon would naturally cause loose poop or diarrhea for the time that it is being processed.

Not every budgie has loose poop when they are molting, but it is a relatively common side effect. As long as they are eating and drinking I try not to overwhelm myself with worry! Competitive drinking. If one of them eats the other one has to as well, even when they are in separate cages.

So, sometimes one of them goes to have a drink, and then the other one does, and they end up in this feedback loop where they just keep drinking because the other one is drinking.John R. Baker B. Sc Ph.

Diarrhea in budgies: some causes of wet poop

Scot M. S Diarrhoea is one of the most common symptoms seen in ill budgerigars; indeed it may be the only sign of illness. It can be of relative insignificance if transitory but if it lasts for more t han a couple of days the consequences can be serious or indeed fatal. Diarrhoea leads to the loss of fluid so the bird may be dehydrated; it can lead to the loss of salts and minerals from the bird which in turn may lead to general weakness or, in extreme cases, fits.

If prolonged it may interfere with the digestion of the food, or the bird may be off its food leading to weight loss and eventual starvation. A complication of diarrhoea is that the droppings may become sticky and adhere to the feathers around the vent. This is not always apparent and indeed appears to be frequently missed by fanciers because it may often only be seen if the bird is examined from underneath.

Looking at the bird sideways may not show this accumulation of droppings frequently referred to as clag. The significance of this condition is that the accumulation can be so severe that the vent is blocked. Once this happens the bird will die in two or three days due to the accumulation of waste products in its system. Another complication of diarrhoea is that the damage to the intestines occasionally affects the pancreas by blocking its duct to the intestine.

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The pancreas secretes a lot of digestive enzymes and if these do not get into the bowel digestion is significantly impaired. Certainly, it can be seen that diarrhoea is not a condition to be taken lightly.

Unless the condition self-cures in a day or two action needs to be taken. Diarrhoea has many causes, as can be seen from the tables; these were drawn up a few years ago and some diseases have become commoner and some rarer but they do give a clear indication of the wide range of causes of soft or wet droppings. I am sorry that the tables include technical terms but there are no equivalent terms in common use. As can be seen from the tables the causes of diarrhoea can be split into two, those, which directly affect the digestive system and those primarily affecting other organs but which produce diarrhoea as a secondary effect.

Taking the digestive system first, the commonest condition is enteritis, which is an inflammation of the intestines. This has several causes chief amongst which are bacterial infections, most commonly Escherichia coli sometimes referred to as E. Occasional cases are due to other bacteria such as Salmonella which has not so far been seen in the current work and Clostridia; a text book lists a further 12 different bacterial infections with which can cause diarrhoea.

Another relatively unusual cause is overgrowth of the normal bacteria which should be present in the gut but which multiply uncontrollably so that vast numbers are present. If a bacterial cause is suspected or proven by laboratory examination antibiotic therapy is indicated together with the support measures described below. Megabacteriosis which is actually infection with the fungus Macrorhabdus ornithogaster probably needs no explanation; in this condition the diarrhoea is usually not severe and is frequently of a light brown colour.

Gizzard abnormalities were common but are now rarely seen. In this condition the lining of the gizzard, which is very important in the breaking up of the food degenerates and becomes soft. The cause of this is not known and there is no specific treatment. Other of the less common causes includes villous atrophy and villous fusion.

The villi small finger-like projections from the wall of the intestine increasing the surface area through which the food is absorbed are affected in both villous atrophy in which the villi are shortened or occasionally absent and villous fusion means that the bird is unable to absorb food efficiently and the poorly digested food material may result in diarrhoea.

The bird with flaccid vent had the opening to the intestine permanently partially open so droppings were passed out without spending time in the lower intestine, which is needed for water to be absorbed thus resulting in wet droppings. A bowel infarction occurs when for some reason the blood supply to the gut is cut off and that section of the bowel dies. The other condition in the table are probably self explanatory, the cases of worms were all due to round worms; flukes and tapeworms have also been recorded by other authors.

Of the non-digestive system causes of diarrhoea some appear to act by displacing the intestines and thus interfering with their function; this particularly applies to the cancers listed which are often quite large before causing illness and death; the case of cystic ovary probably acted in the same way.

It is debatable whether the cases of kidney malfunction resulted in true diarrhoea as in these the urine contained excessive water; sometimes the faeces and the urine get mixed before or during being passed out resulting in the droppings being wet. The liver is, amongst other things, the organ, which produces substances, which aid in the breakdown of fats in the diet.

If the liver is inflamed smaller amounts of these substances are produced and diarrhoea may result.

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Egg peritonitis results in infection and inflammation in the body cavity and the outside of the intestine will be affected resulting in disturbed function. Other conditions, which can give rise to diarrhoea are listed by other authors but have not been seen by me.Rotten seed, fruit or vegetables that have gone off or another harmful material could be the cause.

Getting exposed to a draught or another sharp drop in temperature might be the culprit. With treatment the infection will probably clear up pretty quickly. Make sure that plenty of water is available and add a vitamin supplement to the water. You should cut any fruit and salad out of the diet as well. You should contact your vet at once, as treatment might be available.

Diarrhea can be deadly to budgies. If at all possible, take your bird to an avian vet. If this is not possible, you can try what we have found helpful. Make sure you have a thermometer in the room to monitor the temperature.

We use a spare 3-piece bathroom, where the cage is placed on the counter and the sick budgie has her reflection for company. Using a pillowcase, slowly cover half of the cage, to block the draft of opening and closing the room door, but allowing for light during the day.

How Do I Treat Parakeet Diarrhea?

I preheat the room to about 26 degrees before bringing her in, being sure to vent any burning dust smell that first comes off the heater beforehand. Keep the temperature between degrees. Monitor every hour if the temp. We always put a night light on in the room during the night, to give just enough light that if she get's spooked, she can find her way back to her perch. Some birds may enjoy a radio turned on low during the day. Change her water daily and make sure her food is monitored. From our experience with diarrhea caused by drinking dirty water or injesting other bird's droppings, things usually improve in a few days of this treatment.

When she begins to feel better, you will notice her droppings look more solid. Be careful to make sure she is feeling completely back to normal before removing her from this environment. You'll want to let the room cool gradually to normal room temperature before bringing her cage out.

We have one budgie that seems to be more prone to getting diarrhea than our others. There has been one other cause of trouble, and that was when we didn't quarantine a new bird long enough - even though he was healthy, he brought a bacteria that our birds weren't used to and we ended up with several sick birds.

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So far, home treatment since then has worked well. I should have mentioned that when your sick bird's feathers go from fluffed out to normal in the heated room, you don't need to make the room any warmer. Adjust the temperature to your bird's comfort level, but I would not heat the room more than 31 degrees. And someone that I know has a lovebird that gets runny stools after drinking water or eating something other than seed. If your bird is in fact healthy and you want a 'cure' make the environment as relaxing as possible and take away liquid which you shouldn't take away liquid and your birds poop should dry up quickly.

If your bird is healthy its probably just experiencing stress or drinking a lot of water which is good so that your bird is completely hydrated. I agree with the BRAT diet. You should also take some acidophilus to replenish your friendly bacteria in your intestinal tract that is depleted when you get diarrhea. I wouldn't take over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medications because this can have a rebound effect and make you constipated.

You get the diarrhea from gastrointestinal distress. Answer Save.Learn something new every day More Info The first step in curing parakeet diarrhea is understanding the cause of the condition. Common causes of diarrhea include stress, sudden dietary changes, bacterial infection, viruses or exposure to toxins. Certain medicines can also be used to help nurse the bird back to health. If your pet does not respond to these treatments, consult a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Parakeets are sensitive, intelligent animals. Changes in their environment, food or routine can cause stress, which often leads to diarrhea. If you have recently moved your pet or switched its food, this might be the reason your parakeet appears ill. In most cases, stress-related diarrhea will resolve on its own once the bird has adjusted, or once you have resumed a more normal routine.

If the condition does not improve within a day or two though, there could be a more serious reason for the diarrhea. Exposure to certain types of human food can also cause diarrhea in birds. Avoid giving parrots and parakeets chocolate, mushrooms, apple seeds, dried beans, onions and avocado. These foods can cause a variety of dangerous side effects in small pets, including parakeet diarrhea.

If your parakeet has developed diarrhea after consuming one of these foods, contact a veterinarian immediately. Bran and hulled oats absorb water in the stomach, which should help your bird produce more solid droppings.

Your next option is to treat parakeet diarrhea with an over-the-counter medication. There are a wide range of products designed to cure diarrhea and restore digestive health in parakeets and other exotic pets.

To keep your pet nourished, you should also give it a product containing electrolytes and vitamins. These products are readily available at many pet supply stores and veterinary offices. Parakeet diarrhea might be a sign of an infection that requires antibiotics or other medication to cure. If diarrhea is left untreated, pet birds can become severely dehydrated and suffer serious health problems.

Diarrhea that is accompanied by tremors, sunken eyes or weight loss should also be evaluated by a veterinarian.

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Getting your pet parakeet prompt medical care is the best way to ensure a successful recovery. I'm actually against the idea of domesticating birds and putting them in cages. I have had parakeets in the past and in hindsight, I think the birds were very unhappy. Moreover, parakeets require a lot of care and even the smallest change can upset them and disturb their health.

People buy parakeets not knowing much about them and think that they're very easy to care for but that's not how it is.

Temperature changes, bacteria, new foods, stress and even the quality of their drinking water can upset their digestive system and cause diarrhea among other things. Their cage also needs to be cleaned regularly, they need a clean, hygienic and comfortable environment in a warm but not hot temperature. It's best to not buy and cage these animals.

They are better off in their natural environments. And if we don't buy them, stores will have to stop selling them. You can try talking to him but if that's making him more upset, it may help to just cover the cage and allow him to rest for a while. Sometimes when parakeets are upset, they might eat less and that can cause the droppings to be more loose or watery than usual.

So check to see if he's eating. If you're giving him feed that's different than what was given to him before, that could also be the cause of diarrhea. If things don't improve tomorrow though, you should take him to a vet and make sure he's not ill. He seemed fine the first day but now he has diarrhea and doesn't look too happy. I don't think he's ill.During these challenging times, we guarantee we will work tirelessly to support you.

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We will get through this together. Diarrhea can occur in parakeets for many reasons. Your parakeet may be sick, upset, or stressed out. It is important to treat diarrhea in parakeets, since it can quickly lead to dangerous dehydration and may be a symptom of a serious underlying illness. Start by determining whether your parakeet is sick or upset. If the parakeet is upset, remove the stressor and create a calming environment for your bird. Parakeets can get diarrhea for several reasons.

Your bird may be sick, stressed out, or it may have eaten something bad. If your bird has any additional symptoms like lethargy, watery eyes, puffed up feathers, or seems distressed, take it to the vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment. If your bird is otherwise fine, you can treat it at home. Make sure to give your bird plenty of fluids, since diarrhea can dehydrate it. You might try giving your parakeet a bird probiotic to see if this helps its digestion. Make sure to keep it in a warm environment while it recovers to keep its immune system strong.

For more advice, like how to prevent your other birds from getting sick, read on. Did this summary help you? Yes No. Random Article. Home Random Terms of Use.

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Deanne Pawlisch is a Certified Veterinary Technician, who does corporate training for veterinary practices and teaches Veterinarian Assistants at Harper College in Illinois. There are 11 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.There are many causes of diarrhea in parakeets, from a sensitivity to food to salmonella to psittacosis.

Most digestive conditions experienced by parakeets can be treated at home, without costly trips to an exotic pet veterinarian and expensive medications. As a matter of fact, there are several homemade and over the counter remedies available for the treatment of diarrhea in parakeets. If your parakeet is not exhibiting other symptoms of illness, such as loss of appetite, lethargy, feather pulling or ruffled feathers, it is probably suffering from a case of "upset stomach.

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Keeping an eye on the sick bird to make sure it is still eating and drinking is a must. Another home remedy for treating diarrhea in parakeets is to feed the bird small amounts of plain yogurt. Yogurt has been proven to treat diarrhea caused by an imbalance of enzymes in the intestines.

Yogurt contains probiotics and enzymes to help replace the ones lost through diarrhea and help to restore balance. Bran can be fed in small amounts to a parakeet with diarrhea. Bran helps to bulk up the stool by absorbing the excess water in the intestine, slowing down the gut motility and restoring the normal balance in the bird. Bran should be offered soft to entice the bird to eat it.

If warm, make sure that the bran cereal doesn't burn the bird's delicate palate. Brown rice has much the same effect as bran and can be used to stop diarrhea in birds that refuse yogurt and bran. Brown rice should be soft cooked and cooled before being offered to the parakeet. Because parakeets are small, only a few grains should be offered at a time to prevent constipation. The best method of treatment for diarrhea in parakeets is prevention. Don't change your parakeet's diet suddenly and use good judgment when deciding to feed it treats.

Stay away from junk food and keep all food and water bowls clean and free of fecal matter. Do not introduce your bird to other birds that might be carrying infectious diseases that might cause diarrhea.

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