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My new cockatiel has been sneezing the past 2 days but I didn't think much about it because Belle does it when she gets stuff in her nose. Well today he is doing it a lot more and is doing this wheezing/cough thing.. I don't know what to do.. It's July 4th and every vet is closed. Any ideas?
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His feathers are not fluffed up and his eyes and nostrils are clear though..
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If you have a humidifier put him in a small room with it on, if not, put him in the bathroom and steam it up. It could help and it won't hurt. :O)

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Hmmmm, tough one.
Is he eating.

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Call his breeder and ask her.

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Kim - What does the steam do?

Kate - Yes he is eating and I just hand fed him a bunch of millet. He seems to be eating fine.
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Steam loosens up any gunk or anything that would be in his lungs and makes it so that he can expel any mucus or anything. Think of how you feel when you take a hot steamy shower, it clears your sinuses.



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Steam loosens up any gunk or anything that would be in his lungs and makes it so that he can expel any mucus or anything. Think of how you feel when you take a hot steamy shower, it clears your sinuses.
Okay that makes sense Sorry guys.. My brain is running in circles trying to figure out how to handle this properly. I will try the steam a few other things a friend mentioned. I'll keep you updated!
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Thank you Kayla.

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Just keep him warm, calm, and comfortable for today - the humidifier is a great idea, or just bring him in the bathroom and have the shower running hot, fill the room up with some steam. Call the vet tomorrow. It doesn't sound like it's something life or death, needs seen NOW but it's definitely something you want seen sooner than later. Just do the best you can for today, since there's not a vet open, and try to get him in first thing tomorrow if you're able since upper respiratory infections won't go away on their own and tend to get worse before they get better. He'll probably just need a round of baytril, or another antibiotic, and it'll clear up



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You should contact his breeder in case it is something contagious she may have in her flock. Keep a close eye on Belle too..they see quarantined from each other, right?

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I would take him to a vet. It could be beginning signs of an upper respitory infection. Birds show small signs of sickness and it is up to us as owners to know those signs. They can deteriorate so fast. Birds hide their illnesses most often until it is too late. When they are in the wild, hiding sickness means they will not be killed because they are sick or weak. Captivity does not change that.


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