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Urgent Cockatiel with strange 'click' to voice/breath

Discussion in 'Bird Emergency Highway 911' started by cockatielclic, 6/13/19.

  1. cockatielclic

    cockatielclic Checking out the neighborhood

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    I know the first advice is to always see an avian vet. I have made an appointment for one, but due to the vet being on holidays, she is out of town. I have the next available appointment, which is going to be the 5th of July. It's far, but shes the only vet within an 8 hour drive (remote area).

    I noticed last night that my 9 year old cockatiel has a sort of click sound. Last night I had assumed that it was him playing with his toys after I had covered him up for the night (which he sometimes likes to do). This morning though, the first thing I noticed is that sound. I took him out, and I noticed it was coming from him.

    The sound is not constant. It is intermittent. It can be once a minute to once every 20. The sound is like a quiet kiss/click, almost similar to a leaky faucet but more faint. Behaviour wise he is the same, poop is normal, singing, playing, exploring. No tail bobbing, no tell-tale signs of distress. I know with birds that they can hide illnesses very well, so that might mean nothing.

    He has been a very healthy bird. We've never had any health scares with him. I haven't been around any other birds, we don't use any materials that contain teflon or are dangerous to birds.

    I'm really stumped. I'm hoping I'm over reacting, but I don't think I am. I've read in my frenzy this morning that cockatiels can be prone to getting seed stuck in their systems?

    Does this sound like a known illness/disease? Is there anything I can do while waiting for that appointment? I'm going to try calling vets in other cities to see if maybe they can suggest ANYTHING.

    Thank you.
     
  2. cockatielclic

    cockatielclic Checking out the neighborhood

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    Update: Vet's office called, the receptionist spoke with another vet (not avian but familiar), she thinks that it isn't a 911 emergency but that it shouldn't wait 2 weeks, so I could see her next Wednesday. Not ideal, but at least better.
     
  3. sunnysmom

    sunnysmom Joyriding the Neighborhood Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Spotlight Award Avenue Veteran

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    I'm glad you're getting a sooner appointment. I'm afraid I don't have any ideas but will tag some people.

    @CeciliaZ ? @Birdbabe ? @enigma731 ?
     
  4. enigma731

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    It sounds like a possible respiratory infection. Monitor closely and see the vet immediately if any other symptoms develop.
     
  5. rocky'smom

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    Get a humidifier going also. Make sure it is clean.
     
  6. CeciliaZ

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    I have had a tiel get a seed stuck - I took him to the vet the same morning and by the time we got there - he was fine. Watch him closely.
     
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    I agree it could be lung inflammation/infection. This can be a painful condition so its is wise to get the vet visit completed sooner rather than later. Good luck. Keep him warm.
     
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    Keep monitoring and if you note any worsening of the condition then call the vet again and see if they can give you an earlier appt. Hope all will be well.
     
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    Just watch him closely, maybe a steamy bathroom for about 15 or 20 minutes will help,,a video would really help.. I dearly hope he is ok.
     
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    Ophelia had a clicking sound like that before -- respiratory infection. I wouldn't wait to bring him in.
     
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  12. cockatielclic

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    Sorry for the late update! The clicking subsided after two days, but we still kept the appointment. Vet's guess was there could of been dust/seed/feather that was irritating him, but he isn't showing any signs of distress now. Healthy breathing and healthy weight. She even commented on how wonderful his feathers look!

    We will be keeping an extra extra close eye on him, and if we see it begin to happen again, to bring him back.
     
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  13. sunnysmom

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    I'm glad he's okay! :)
     
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    Great that all is well.
     
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    That click sound is actually a cough, that is how they sound when they cough.
    Glad you took him, they can go downhill so so fast.
     
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