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Old 01-19-2011, 10:52 AM
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Administering antibiotics for respiratory disease?

Hi,

Anyone with veteranary experience or personal experience with a respiratory disease?

My cockatiel has been slowly losing his voice in the past three days; first it sounded high-pitched like he had taken in Helium, and when he did sing, he would not sing the entire song. Then it went hoarse yesterday, and today he has not sang one note and his voice is very quiet like he's whispering. He has not shown any other symptoms; he is just as playful and active as he always was and his stools have not changed.

I have an antibiotic at home already, but I just don't know whether or not I can use it for a cockatiel, nor do I know what the dosage would be. The antibiotic is 'Durvet' Duramycin-10, Tetracycline Hydrochloride soluble powder. The dosage is 400 milograms per gallon, and that's for chickens. The reason I ask about trying this is because it's what I have at the moment, and I want to treat this soon.

If I cannot use this antibiotic, suggestions for others would be appreciated. I have been looking at another by the name of 'Ornacyn'.

Thank you all in advance.

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Re: Administering antibiotics for respiratory disease?

If your bird indeed does have Respiratory disease & if the voice is affected it would be at the lower end of the windpipe. Symptoms of the disease in this area can lead to loss or altered voice, gasping, laboured breathing, squeaking or wheezing with each breath, Tail bobbing.

I would really recommend you phone a Vet & give all symptoms. The meds you have mentioned is OK to use if your bird is sick. To use for parrots a level 1/4 of a level teaspoon in 100mls of drinking water.

Remember there is a whole range of diseases that can be associated with respiratory disease.
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Re: Administering antibiotics for respiratory disease?

I will never give meds without it being prescribed by my avian vet for my bird. They are so fragile and there are HOPELESSLY TOO MUCH that can and will go wrong.

PLEASE do not give anything - PLEASE go and see the vet first. You have to have a proper diagnoses and nobody on the internet will be able to do that. We can give advice and then it isnt even guaranteed as 100% correct or safe.
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Re: Administering antibiotics for respiratory disease?

Is the dosage of 1/4 teaspoon in 100mls of water for all sized parrots, or just for small cockatiels?
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Re: Administering antibiotics for respiratory disease?

Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsmom View Post
Is the dosage of 1/4 teaspoon in 100mls of water for all sized parrots, or just for small cockatiels?
I am sure the vet that prescribed the medicine for you would be able to tell you how much your bird needs.
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Re: Administering antibiotics for respiratory disease?

I agree with Wildheart. Your best bet is to consult your vet. Your vet has gone to school and has had strict training in veterinary medicine. They will know best how to treat your bird and the correct dosages to give.
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Re: Administering antibiotics for respiratory disease?

Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsmom View Post
Is the dosage of 1/4 teaspoon in 100mls of water for all sized parrots, or just for small cockatiels?
Same dosage is mixed up but actual amount given to a parrot usually by crop needle is 1ml per 100g of body weight. Or you have to rely on the bird to drink that amount should they have the meds in their drinking water.

That said it is always recommended to be advised by your AV & to have the correct antibiotic for your birds ailments.
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