I took my tiel to the normal vets in town over a month ago now where he had an antibiotic injection just in case of an infection because he had a seed husk in his eye, that night he started vomiting so I brought him inside to keep warm, he vomitted for a little over 24hours. When the antibiotics wore off he looked like he was getting better so I put his mate back in with him and he perked up and started his singing again. He was seperated in a room with another tiel and red collared lorikeet (we don't have many rooms in the house and they are small)
I decided to take him for an hour and half drive to an avian vet to be sure, because he would shiver when it got cold, has red, watery swollen eyes and a red nose. The vet said he would have been vomiting because the dosage he had was to much and that he looks like he has a sinus infection and worst case may be Psittacosis so they gave me a broad spectrum antibiotic for 7 days in his water and said if his eyes didn't get better to take him back in. So I took him back in he had a swab test done for it and came back negative. The vet said to leave him be and if he got worse to take him back again. So Yesterday I took him back and they said the symptoms are still pointing to Psittacosis and that from the colour of the urine part of his poop he has liver problems.
I now have some antibiotic for his water to treat him for 45 days and his mate. The vet didn't say to treat the others and that Lorikeets don't get it as easy, with the reading I've been doing birds can die without showing symptoms and stress from molting could trigger it, my other tiel in the same room is molting right now so I'm getting worried.
My question is should I give the tiel and lorikeet in the same room the treatment? Also I have tiels, galahs and a corella in aviaries outside, the corella being maybe 5 or more metres away from the others, should I treat them to?
Sorry for the really long post I'm just worried about them all and the vet didn't seem to be including the other birds. I'm worried that if I treat the others that the antibiotic might make them sick if he doesn't have it, I really would prefer to treat them all just in case so would appreciate any advice on it.
Thanks in advance
First up take a selection of your birds back and demand that you see an avian vet and that you want a blood test done to test for antibodies to Psittacosis. A swab will only show positive IF the bird has it, and IF the bird is activly shedding the disease at the time the swab is taken. Birds can be carries of it and show no symptoms, then when they get stressed they start shedding it, then it affects them and they show symptoms.
The blood test is very simple and if the birds has antibodies to it it shows at some point it has been into contact with it and should be treated.
Treatment is very simple, it is normally doxycycline that is given for 45 days, either in the water or orally depending.
ANY bird can catch this, as can humans so you need to know 100% if this is what you have in your flock, and if so ALL birds that have been or can come into contact with the infected birds should be treated as infected and treated the same, with antibiotics and daily disinfection.
You want to get yourself checked as well, same treatment for humans normally doxycycline. It causes flu like symptoms in humans which if left untreated in humans and birds will kill.
If the Psittacosis is left long enough it will damage the liver as wel.
If your avian vet is refusing to do the test the please take your birds elsewhere! For their safety and health as much as yours.
I recently had Psittacosis in 3 rescues I took on which ended up with me on antibiotics aswell as a precaution.
It is treatable though