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Old 09-28-2018, 01:48 PM
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So the grey's doctor has put her on a mixture of Hepasil (mostly milk thistle) and Biomega (fish oils and vitaminD) .2ml twice a day.

First time was no problem, next dose had to towel her. She now is seriously resisting the towel and is VERY mad at me. I have a call into the vet for permission to let the individual dose come to room temp before giving it to her in case that is part of the problem.

I am ruining what was a great relationship in interest of her health.

Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.
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Old 09-28-2018, 02:22 PM
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Re: Giving oral medications HELP

i have no experience yet myself but what about adding some kind of juice to the mix? May I ask what the meds are for? I'm sure she will forgive you!
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Old 09-28-2018, 02:29 PM
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Re: Giving oral medications HELP

I have never given meds to a Grey, but I empathize with what must be a truly difficult endeavor.

My favorite go-to is room-temp cooked oatmeal or similar grain cereal. Prepared very thick and diluted with meds, it almost never fails. In fact, I offer cereal as a treat weekly because they enjoy and having a delivery method if needed. Mashed potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, or even baby food are options. Always check with the CAV for contraindications. (I've not seen one yet)

In rare cases, when the med outweighs good dietary practices, my vet will suggest mixing with ice cream, pudding, or cheese.
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Re: Giving oral medications HELP

Jeepers that seems like a lot of disruption for sake of .2ml! Pardon my tres ignorance but what has it been prescribed for?
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Re: Giving oral medications HELP

I got lucky the first round (with D. -also a grey- ) I could mix the stuff with peanutbutter or just syringe-mix it with fruitjuice. She'd drink/lick it from the syringe that way.

The 2x day antibiotics for Japie.. I had to towel him,
and after a few days he decided he liked it!
PFEW! (we did not even *have* a bond at that time...)
the extra sweet meds probably helped as well - the animal apothecary mixes it esp sweet for parrots (unless you let them know your bird likes something else then they mix that (if possible) ).

You do not actually have to drip it in the beak, just put the tip of the syringe in/against the corner of the mouth (where the beakhalves come together) and let it ooze.
It is less scary for the bird and they don't fight so much (and they can swallow at will) so no choking or breathing it in by timing-accident/ overloaded beak.

Just make very sure they've swallowed everything before letting the bird go (that is how I found out the stuff is sweet tasting or nasty ...)

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Old 09-28-2018, 03:12 PM
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Re: Giving oral medications HELP

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i have no experience yet myself but what about adding some kind of juice to the mix? May I ask what the meds are for? I'm sure she will forgive you!
She has an abnormal swelling to one side of her proventricular area and is under weight. Her dr. sent the radiographs to Dr. Echols in Utah for a consultation and is now trying to setup an ultrasound at Gulf Coast in Houston.

The milk thistle makes me think this is a liver detox.

Dr. Lusk says she may have to take this from now on.

I really appreciate everybody's input.
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Re: Giving oral medications HELP

Hmmm. Poor Gracie. What is her favorite food? The oatmeal is a good suggestion. Birdie loves grits and scrambled egg. I agree that getting her to take it on her own is better than toweling any day. Good luck and keep us posted!
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Re: Giving oral medications HELP

I am sorry to hear about your grey's health problems.
I have been lucky with Bella as she has not needed any medicine since I got her.

I have had to give my amazon's meds and they don't hold a grudge. They tend to se the towel as the bad guy not the people involved.

Grey's are so darn smart I don't think my Bella would transfer her...I am at a loss for the right word, anger? to the towel. She would hold me responsible.

I hope you find a solution.

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Re: Giving oral medications HELP

I am very sorry to hear Gracie is unwell. I love Scott’s suggestion about mixing her meds with pudding - I’m getting images of her in my head tucking into some nice Christmas pudding

Having an ill birdie is always such a worry. I hope she wises up fast and starts taking her meds for you like a good girl!
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Re: Giving oral medications HELP

I hope you get a timely and comprehensive diagnosis for Gracie, one that responds well to homeopathic substances.
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