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New to this forum. I have owned budgies (American and English), lineolated parakeets and I just bought a moustache parakeet.
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I visited my moustache parakeet in the pet store almost every day for 2 months until he was weaned and ready to come home. I had an avian vet do a wellness check which included bloodwork. The liver results were abnormal. I guess a reading of 100 is normal and my bird has 170. I learned that he was on an antibiotic called doxycycline because there was another bird that was ill in the store and the vet (not mine) suggested all the birds be treated with doxycycline as a precaution. I googled this drug and learned it can give abnormal liver test results. Does anyone know anything about this drug? I am so torn and upset. My vet has suggested I wait a few weeks and retest the bird. He seems happy and healthy. He is eating, pooping, playing.

Does anyone have birds with any liver disease issues?
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Welcome to our forum, Laura!
Doxycycline is an antibiotics that is also used for humans. It's a strong medicine.
I understand that you are upset, but you should wait for the results of the second blood test. Your bird doesn't necessarily have liver issues.
What you can do for him meanwhile is feeding dandelion. It's a soft natural medicine to regenerate the liver. My guys love it. You find it on every meadow, for example in the park.
Don't worry too much, your little guy will do it.
I'd like to see what a moustache parakeet is.
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Laura....welcome! I'm so glad you found us here! Moustache parakeets are really cool. My friend has one. Milk thistle is also good to use with liver issues.
Helps reduce the fat. I totally agree with Karin...wait for the test results. And try not to worry too much..he is probably fine. What's his name?

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Alice thanks for the support. I also PMd PeggyB who offered words of encouragement. I am named him Fuji.

I really hope you and Karin are right. I am falling for this little guy more each day. I suck w/digital stuff so I have to have my niece help me to post a picture.

Karin - Google moustache parakeets. They are a colorful cute bird. Right now his feathers are green but when he matures his head will be gray and his chest feathers will be peach and the rest of him will be green.

I am going to try the dandelions if I can find them at a health food store.

Alice, what is Milk thistle?
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hi Laura!
What did your vet say about the doxycycline? My avian vet used it on my mom's parakeet mainly cuz he wasn't sure what was wrong.
Miss Chanel came to me with a sinus infection. I was going to return her but it was too late; after two days, I was already invested. I can imagine how upset you are. I was bawling in the parking lot (pretty embarrassing) debating whether or not to keep her. My vet recommended returning her because he couldn't be sure it wasn't anything more serious and costly. Fortunately, it worked out and I really hope that it will for you too.
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Carolyn,

Thanks for the words of encouragement. I remember when you were getting Miss Chanel from my days on the linnie forum. I am so vested already. I hope I am as lucky as you were with Miss Chanel.

My vet said that doxycycline could have thrown the test results. I am HOPING and PRAYING that is what it is. I believe it is a good drug it is just that it could cause abnormal test readings.
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As said above, doxy in an antibiotic. I have used it several times with my birds and I have had good results with it however I haven't been told that it may have different effects on the results. I would wait for the re-testing and ask the store why he was on it in the mean time. Once you've had the restest, if there are still issues, we can help you. I recently dealt with a 20 year old dusky lory with liver and kidney disease. Liver issues can also be caused by psittacosis (enlarged usually) so be extremely careful
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My bird was being weaned in a very reputable bird pet store. A Lovebird in the next room (boarding room) was having respiratory issues. A vet (not mine) suggested treating all the birds that were near the boarding room with doxycycline in their water for 45 days. They think my bird has been off the doxycyline for about a week. That is why my vet wants to retest in a week or so to see if that changes the test results.
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I don't know any other 6 week treatment for anything other than psittacosis with antibiotics you can retest 3 months after the treatment so if you wait till then you will know if he has it or not you can do a CBC then too


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