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Hi there

My beloved pet pigeon, Pika, is currently very sick and there are no avian specialists near me (I’m in Wellington, New Zealand). She’s 8.5 years old, very tame, and spends time inside and outside in an aviary.

About a week ago a noticed a faint rattle when she breathed, and a couple of days later I took her to the emergency vet after noticing she was very lethargic, completely off her food, and had laboured breathing with tail bobbing and drooping wings. She has also lost a lot of weight, after flying she pants with her mouth open, and her legs are quite a bright red colour, which the vet thought indicated infection. Before going to the vet she had very vinegary/sour smelling watery poops, but not they no longer smell, although are still pale and a bit watery. I have another pigeon who is showing no signs of illness.

The vet - not an avian specialist - has prescribed her 50g Noroclav tablets (amoxicillin plus something else in case the amoxicillin doesn’t work) to be given every 8 hours to treat e.coli and other similar bacteria. She has had 10 doses now (3 and a bit days worth) but nothing really seems to have changed apart from less smelly poops, and perhaps a little more interest in preening.

The last couple of days I have been hand feeding her defrosted peas and corn and some seeds, and keeping her inside in a well heated house (she normally goes outside into an aviary during the day, and comes in at night). She has been drinking, but won’t eat by herself.

The vet doesn’t know for sure what is wrong, and I’m worried that I am treating her for the wrong thing. Perhaps it’s fungal? Or a different illness? I looked in her throat and couldn’t see any obvious signsof canker, but I know it can’t always be seen. Please let me know what you think. I have booked in another vet appointment for tomorrow (9th June) but again, not with an avian specialist so it’s really hard to get the proper care. I love her dearly and really want her to get well again!
 

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Greetings, hope your bird will be fine by now.
Remember any indications of respiratory problem, or running nose, mouth opening, wet eye problem.
Best solution is Doxycycline 3,5 days course.
2 g in 1 liter of water. 👍
 

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Hi everyone. Thanks for your replies. Amazingly, Pika is still alive. Although how long for, I don’t know. She now has one slightly swollen eye (the eye lids, particularly up the top), although it’s not watery, and as far as I can see there is no discharge from the nose. She is losing feathers from the same side as the swollen eye by the beak and neck - this I noticed a wee while ago. It’s getting a bit harder to hand feed her as she spits out the peas and corn, but I am still managing this.

I didn’t end up getting the X-rays as the vet was worried about her breathing under sedation. I did get a trachea swab, blood sample, and poop sample. There wasn’t a huge amount of blood on the sample, but the vet said there was no crazy amount of white blood samples.

The poop sample at the moment showed high levels of yeast, and she is on anti-fungals and ACV which will help to treat that.

Otherwise, breathing is still very bad. She is quite weak, due to lack of oxygen I’d say. Still preening and occasionally standing on one leg to sleep. Her tail often points down which breaks my heart, as that means she is in some pain.

I have a vet appointment tomorrow. Am going to ask for some doxycycline. Should I ask for more canker treatment also? I will double check the dosage she previously had.

My heart is breaking for poor little Pika. She has been such a big part of my life, and I don’t know if she will pull through this! I have no idea how she has survived this long, to be honest.

Any further advice or ideas appreciated.
 

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Sorry - my previous reply was for another post I made - but still the same bird. Thanks for your reply :)
 

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We get Doxy in pill form vs putting it into water so we know the bird is getting the full dose. If it isn't a fan of eating or drinking at least with pills you know it's getting it. Good luck.
 

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Find out the dosage metro she was on. For an adult pigeon that weighs 400 to 500 grams, the dosage will be 50 mg. Keep us updated.
 
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