While we prefer to keep our birds healthy through nutrition & proper husbandry, there are indeed times when we may need medications in a hurry. Birds will often hide their illness until it is almost too late to save them. If not prescribed by your Veterinarian, most bird medications must be purchased from an online source. Shipping can take days, even when we pay for expedited shipping. Because time is of the essence, keeping a few items on hand for "just in case emergencies" is always helpful. In our aviary, we rarely need the brief list below, and more often than not end up disposing of them unopened because they have expired, but it is far better to have these things on hand than to lose one of our precious birds!
- Electrolyte Solution & Emergency Formulas for Crop Dosing:
Antibiotics: Sensitivity testing should be run BEFORE using any antibiotic
Parasites (always alternate to prevent parasite resistance):
Other Items That May Be Prescribed By Your Avian Veterinarian
The INCOMPLETE list of medications (bottom) is compiled from various sources and is only provided to give an idea of what your Avian Veterinarian may prescribe if your bird is diagnosed with a specific disease or issue. This is not a comprehensive list, nor is it intended to be used for anything more than reference.
I must remind all who read here - I am NOT an Avian Veterinarian, and I do NOT condone using medications without a sound diagnosis from an Avian Veterinarian - nor do I claim these remedies to be what your Vet will prescribe. As is often the case, many diseases present with very similar symptoms and require sound Veterinary advice before treatment. In addition, we do NOT condone nor recommend combining medications without the direction of your Veterinarian.
As always, if you suspect your bird is ill, take it to a qualified Avian Veterinarian for diagnosis BEFORE administering any kind of medication!
The wrong medication can make matters worse or even kill your bird.
I cannot and will not be held responsible for misdiagnoses, misuse of medication, or death of a bird resulting from the use of this list or diagnostic information found on this site. Use this information at your own risk!
Medication or Treatment
Trade Name or Active Ingredient
|Protozoal infection - Giardia, Trichomonas, Hexamita & other less likely "motile flagellates"||Ronidazole, Dimetridazole, Doxycycline (Giardia only)|
Ronex, Ronex Extra Strength, Ronivet-S, Ronivet 12%, Canker Combo, Doxycycline products (Giardia only)
|Varied: Excessive thirst, "lumpy" droppings with creamy urates & excess urine, grey droppings coated in white urates, wet grainy dark droppings, "popcorn poop", weight loss or "going light", fluffing, sitting in food dish appearing to eat constantly but never satisfies hunger.|
|Yeast (Candida)||Nystatin, Amphotericin-B, Ketoconazole - other may be prescribed for intense or resistant infections||Medistatin, Megabac||Varied: Excessive thirst, "flat" droppings surrounded by large amounts of urine mixed with urates that dry in a circle around the fecal matter. Excessive urates (white portion of dropping), green & tacky looking droppings (yeast feeds on sugars, the tacky stuff is from the carbs converted to sugars in the diet), going light, fluffing, "squinty eyes", sitting in food dish appearing to eat constantly but never satisfies hunger.|
|E-coli, Salmonella (Paratyphoid), Coccidiosis||Trimethoprim/Sulfa|
MEDICATIONS & THEIR POTENTIAL USES
KRISTEN REEVES, MEADOWLARK FARMS AVIAN SUPPLY, INC.
The Medications We Consider Absolutely Necessary to Keep On Hand