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Old 01-10-2018, 11:02 AM
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Fuji, my Moustache Parakeet, has been having high BA (Bile Acid) readings which can be a sign of liver issues. My certified avian vet has prescribed Opt Omega drops two times a day. Fuji HATES them. He bites me terribly when I towel him for the drops.

This morning he clamped down on the bottle and chewed off the top with the narrow end that allowed me to get small drops in his mouth. I am going to try a siringe tonight but I am worried he will do the same thing.

We are going back to the vet on Friday for a retest of his blood. I am going to ask him for suggestions too as my vet thinks I will have to give him drops for life.

Fuji shows no signs of any health issues. I hate seeing him so miserable when I do the drops. And, to think I may have to do this for life.

Any suggestions on how to get the drops into him? It cannot go in his water. When I try putting it in food he just flicks the food.

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Old 01-10-2018, 11:25 AM
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Re: Help Administering Medicine Drops

Sometimes like wing clipping or a shot or a blood test you just need to ..."give them their medicine". You said it's a prescription from a CVA. I'd put on some tight but thick but dexterous gloves, hardware stores have the type, and give him his medicine.

I know it sucks.....clark hates some things we have to do like say trimming his wings so it's only a float down amount of lift. But it's his health, He will forgive you, just force it down any way you can and in the end he'll just delete all your bookmarks in retaliation someday. You have to do what you have to do for his health.
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Re: Help Administering Medicine Drops

So, are the drops to treat liver problems or the bile itself? If it's for a poorly functioning liver, I'd just buy the Liver Detox by Avian Rx or Birds Rx (I forget what the stupid brand's called, but you know what I mean). It has dandelion root extract and milk thistle in it. I put a ton of it in their water everyday (several budgies have cancer, so I use the dandelion root extract to help keep it in check).

If he's step up trained or whatever, you can ask him to take the omega drops willingly. Get a syringe, fill it with his favourite juice, demonstrate on yourself several times by squirting it into your mouth, then squeeze a little bit onto the tip of the syringe and see if he'll lick it off. After he reliably drinks juice from the syringe, put his daily dose of omega drops in the syringe, add a bit of juice, then ask him to drink from the syringe.

Alternatively, you can just use my system. Birds hate taking medicine (as you know), and they throw a fit when you try to restrain them. That's why I have someone else hold the bird and restrain their head, while I carefully squeeze the medicine into their mouth. Oh! I'd advise you to taste some of the drops. I always do this with my birds' medicine. That way you know just how disgusting it is. If it's pretty bland and a bit salty, I just suck up the medicine with a syringe, add a bit of water (my guys are puny so they only take tiny amounts of medicine, so I mix in some water to increase the chances of them swallowing some of it), then squirt it in their mouth. If it's absolutely disgusting, then I suck up the dose of medicine, suck up a bit of melted So Delicious vegan ice cream, then squirt it in their mouth. If it's just moderately unpleasant, I'll dilute it with maple syrup or juice. Obviously you don't mix the "extras" directly into the medicine bottle, in case anyone's confused. If you mix it right into the bottle, you're going to end up with rancid medicine.

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Old 01-10-2018, 11:33 AM
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Re: Help Administering Medicine Drops

Teddscau's idea is good, if it works....try that first...
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Re: Help Administering Medicine Drops

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Liver Detox by Avian Rx or Birds Rx (I forget what the stupid brand's called, but you know what I mean)
Herbal Bird Rx Milk Thistle/Dandelion [Amazon, BirdSupplies, MyBirdStore]

If you provide those, let your vet (or another you goto for a 2nd op) know and have them advise on dosage prescribed accordingly.

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Re: Help Administering Medicine Drops

Thank you, dhraiden! I can never remember the brand of that stuff. You'd think I would since I've spent almost $1000 these past few years on the stuff. I'm obviously dosing at a much higher concentration than they recommend, but my cancer budgies are still alive, so I must be doing something right.

Having birds voluntarily take the medicine is definitely easier with larger birds. The smaller birds tend to be more hyperactive and skittish (i.e., budgies and finches), so good luck trying to get them to cooperate. Don't get me wrong, small birds are great. It's just that they're twitchier.
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Re: Help Administering Medicine Drops

Some meds must be given directly, but others can be safely mixed with a food that is enjoyed. My vet has approved most oral meds mixed with warm oatmeal or applesauce. Dosage is critical, so the amount of food is very small to ensure it is completely consumed. Many of my birds love cooked cereals, and this method is far preferable to force-feeding. Ask Fuji's vet for appropriate guidance!
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:29 PM
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Re: Help Administering Medicine Drops

Great advise provided above!

I must admit that I had laughed a bit with your small bird description; "It's just that they're twitchier." Our 500g. of Amazon is a real twitchier! It takes two people to provide any medication and three with clipping nails!

I have been doing this stuff for a very long time. Every time, we get a medication to apply, I always ask for it to be written into the visit report (which I get a copy of 'every time!), and always ask for a refresher. Commonly, we had just finished a nail trim and everyone is huffing and puffing for a breath of air after that workout and no one questions the want.

Please advise your Vet of any other over the counter or herbs and their dosages and assure that it is part of your Parrot's medical records!
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Re: Help Administering Medicine Drops

WOW!
i am going thru the same issue right now.


My Abba is forty and I hate to put her thru this twice a day.

I dont have to towel her, just hold her wings to her body and when she bites the syringe I squirt it in her mouth. I would never get away with this with my other Amazon he would bite the crap out of my hands.

Abba is so bonded to me that she even gives me her little feetsies to clip her nails while on a perch.
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WOW!
i am going thru the same issue right now.


My Abba is forty and I hate to put her thru this twice a day.

I dont have to towel her, just hold her wings to her body and when she bites the syringe I squirt it in her mouth. I would never get away with this with my other Amazon he would bite the crap out of my hands.

Abba is so bonded to me that she even gives me her little feetsies to clip her nails while on a perch.
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