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so here is my dilemma.
both my doves have been showing signs of being ill. they both are sneezing seem lethargic and have had ruffled feathers frequently. there are no avian specialist near me. the closest place i found was about an hour away and it was an animal hospital. i had to pay $130 USD just for going to the ER and the vet tech checked out my female. i could only take her because i could afford another 130 to bring them both. yes they charge for both.:eek: so the VT checks her out and weighs her. she seems knowledgeable enough. then the vet comes in and the first thing out of her mouth was "hi im blah blah blah...im not an avian vet but i have birds.." i was like wahh...?? you would think that when i called about bringing in my birds they would tell me that the actual avian specialist was not there. but no they wanna milk me for my money. now i know that bird owners have a lot of knowledge when it come to there birds. this forum is living proof of that but this vet was stupid. she felt her abdomen and was saying how she didnt feel and egg but she wasnted to do an xray to see. i already knew this. my female only lays one egg at a sitting instead of the normal two. and she had just laid one a little less then a week ago. i told the vet this.she said she didnt hear harsh respiratory breathing, but maybe faint. she left and didnt really say much of anything. the VT came back with a estimate. it had two medications for respiratory and a fluid thing. sorry i cant remember what it was called. it was about 40 USD and it was for dehydration. i asked her what her reason was for thinking my bird was dehydrated. she said i dont its just for support.. translation: more money for my paycheck. and it also had an over 200 dollar xray fee. these two things i declined i payed for the two medicines which were about $15 each for about .5ml each. as the prescriptions are only.04ml and .05ml and they seem to have measred out the exact amount of drops before giving it to us. i asked if i would be able to get the medicine for my other bird too since he was having the same symptoms. they told me i had to bring him in. thats another 200 right there. so all in all. not a very good trip.
my question to everyone is where they get the medicines that they say they just have stocked for the just incase times.

my two prescriptions are:
enrofloxacin suspension
and
meloxicam oral suspension

thanks in advance for any help:eek:
 

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It sounds like they mixed the medicine especially for your bird. Enrofloxacin is a generic baytril.The other is an anti-inflammatory drug.
The vet doesn't need to be an avain vet to treat birds just one that is familar with them and treats them on a regualr basis.

Did they look at the poop?
 

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yes they did look at the poop.
what do you mean by mixed? i think i knew the one was anti inflamatory i think i remember her saying that.
 

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well i mean she pooped while we were there so they saw it but they didnt do tests on it or anything
 

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yes they did look at the poop.
what do you mean by mixed? i think i knew the one was anti inflamatory i think i remember her saying that.
They took some of the antibiotic and mixed it with some other liquid..usually a fruit flavor.
 

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every vet i called told me they didnt treat birds. that why i ended up going to that place
 

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well i mean she pooped while we were there so they saw it but they didnt do tests on it or anything
I'm surprised. That could have been very telling.
 

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They took some of the antibiotic and mixed it with some other liquid..usually a fruit flavor.
yes i was thinking it smelled fruity. so what does that mean. i didnt get what i paid for??
 

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I'm surprised. That could have been very telling.
she said it look like a normal poo, lots of green and that was all she said about it.
 

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Where in Maryland are you located?
 

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OK. I'll check and see if I know of any other vets near by. Hang on...
 

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This is everyone I have for Maryland...

Lisa Carr, DVM
Clinic Name: VCA North Rockville Animal Hospital
Address: 1390 East Gude Drive
City/State: Rockville, MD
Map: Google Map
P: 301-340-9292
F:
Email:

Abdoul Diarra,
Clinic Name:
Address:
City/State: , MD
Map: Google Map
P:
F:
Email:

Marcie Engel, DVM
Clinic Name: Brookeville Animal Hospital
Address: 22201 Georgia Avenue
City/State: Brookeville, MD 20833
Map: Google Map
P: 301 774-9698
F: 301-774-0487
Email: [email protected]

Carol Gamble, DVM, Dipl ABVP-Avian
Clinic Name: Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown
Address: 26 East Baltimore Street
City/State: Funkstown, MD 21734
Map: Google Map
P: 301-733-7579
F: 301-745-4780
Email: [email protected]

Vivian Ho,
Clinic Name: Fallston Veterinary Hosp
Address:
City/State: , MD
Map: Google Map
P:
F:
Email:

Victoria M. Hollifield, D.V.M.
Clinic Name: Best Friends Veterinary Hospital
Address: 7600 H Lindbergh Drive
City/State: Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Map: Google Map
P: 301-977-1881
F: 301-977-2468
Email: [email protected]

Gary Arthur Schwartz, DVM
Clinic Name:
Address: 2929 University Blvd. W.
City/State: Kensington, MD 20895
Map: Google Map
P: 3019491520
F: 3019335914
Email: [email protected]

Kenneth Volk, Jr, DVM
Clinic Name: Lutherville Animal Hospital
Address: 506 W. Seminary Ave
City/State: Lutherville, MD 21093
Map: Google Map
P: 410-296-7387
F: 410-296-1931
Email:

Donald W. Zantop, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, Avian
Clinic Name: Fallston Veterinary Clinic, Inc.
Address: 2615 Belair Road
City/State: Fallston, MD 21047
Map: Google Map
P: 410-877-1727
F: 410- 877-0761
Email: [email protected]
 

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Are your Doves molting?
They do tend to szeeze when they are molting.
 

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Are your Doves molting?
They do tend to szeeze when they are molting.
im not sure about them molting as i dont think they have while ive had them. the female might be. she has a LOT of new feathers growing in right now and she feels hard and spikey because of them. i actually asked the VT about it because i had noticed a lot of feathers in their cage. she sais they do that because they use it for nesting material. the male is sneezinf more then she is and he hasnt seemed to loose many feathers. but im not familiar with molting to be honest.
 

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Lisa Carr, DVM
Clinic Name: VCA North Rockville Animal Hospital
Address: 1390 East Gude Drive
City/State: Rockville, MD
Map: Google Map
P: 301-340-9292
F:
Email:

Abdoul Diarra,
Clinic Name:
Address:
City/State: , MD
Map: Google Map
P:
F:
Email:

Marcie Engel, DVM
Clinic Name: Brookeville Animal Hospital
Address: 22201 Georgia Avenue
City/State: Brookeville, MD 20833
Map: Google Map
P: 301 774-9698
F: 301-774-0487
Email: [email protected]

Carol Gamble, DVM, Dipl ABVP-Avian
Clinic Name: Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown
Address: 26 East Baltimore Street
City/State: Funkstown, MD 21734
Map: Google Map
P: 301-733-7579
F: 301-745-4780
Email: [email protected]

Vivian Ho,
Clinic Name: Fallston Veterinary Hosp
Address:
City/State: , MD
Map: Google Map
P:
F:
Email:

Victoria M. Hollifield, D.V.M.
Clinic Name: Best Friends Veterinary Hospital
Address: 7600 H Lindbergh Drive
City/State: Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Map: Google Map
P: 301-977-1881
F: 301-977-2468
Email: [email protected]

Gary Arthur Schwartz, DVM
Clinic Name:
Address: 2929 University Blvd. W.
City/State: Kensington, MD 20895
Map: Google Map
P: 3019491520
F: 3019335914
Email: [email protected]

Kenneth Volk, Jr, DVM
Clinic Name: Lutherville Animal Hospital
Address: 506 W. Seminary Ave
City/State: Lutherville, MD 21093
Map: Google Map
P: 410-296-7387
F: 410-296-1931
Email:

Donald W. Zantop, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, Avian
Clinic Name: Fallston Veterinary Clinic, Inc.
Address: 2615 Belair Road
City/State: Fallston, MD 21047
Map: Google Map
P: 410-877-1727
F: 410- 877-0761
Email: [email protected]
thank you
and these vets will treat birds??
 

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They sure will.
 

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Are your Doves molting?
They do tend to szeeze when they are molting.
im not sure about them molting as i dont think they have while ive had them. the female might be. she has a LOT of new feathers growing in right now and she feels hard and spikey because of them. i actually asked the VT about it because i had noticed a lot of feathers in their cage. she sais they do that because they use it for nesting material. the male is sneezinf more then she is and he hasnt seemed to loose many feathers. but im not familiar with molting to be honest.
 

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Molt is when they loose their feathers and get new ones. It sounds like that is waht is happening. Also, Doves are dusty. It might be a good idea to let them bathe frequently to keep the dust down as that will make them sneeze as well.
Read, read ,read...everything you can find about your kind of Doves so that you know what to expect.
 

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Hillary, I know this must be frustrating for you. It does sound like they are just molting as Charis says. I find that my doves like being misted with a spray bottle of water and this would help keep the dust down. I hope they get back to normal soon, and I'm sorry about the vet bill. :(
 
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