EYE INFECTION - GROWN TOM TURKEY - "Crooked Beak McSquinty" is a grown tom turkey w/ scissor beak & and a head deformity - basically one side of his head is bit squished in - thus he has a always had a squinty eye and a scissor beak. He has always been prone to get feed in his bad eye, so we check him frequently and keep his eye clean. He has never had more than minor discharge. Well, I got sick, and my husband was caregiver for a few days and fed McSquinty crumbles instead of pelleted feed. And, somehow, during that time, McSquinty got a major eye infection with "cheesy exudate". I suspect that the crumbles worked their way deep into his eye area (under the lids). I got 99% of the crud out of the eye, and flushed the eye as best I could w/ sterile saline, then I put in tobramycin eye drops. I have continued now for several days cleaning out the eye and putting the antibiotic eye drops in every 4 hours; but I think I may need to also give additional antibiotics orally or by injection. I also brought him inside to try to keep him from contaminating the eye outside. My vet doesn't do birds, but he will give me a prescription for whatever I need to best treat this. I know that the cheesy exudate is also a symptom of Coryza and Wet pox and maybe Aspergilliosis. Since he is very healthy acting, eating well and has zero breathing symptoms and zero nasal discharge and the other eye looks fine -- only symptoms are discharge and swelling immediately surrounding his squinty eye -- I think infection caused by feed crumbles working their way into the deeper eye area causing irritation and infection makes the most sense. I just need to know what medications I need and dosage instructions. I am almost out of the tobramycin eye drops and wonder if ointment might be better for staying power and as an additional lubricant to work any additional foreign particles out. I have also read that the drainage between the sinus and the eye can be blocked and they mentioned flushing -- I have just been flushing the eye gently with sterile saline prior to putting the antibiotic drops in.
Type of Animal: Turkey - Heritage
Name of Bird: Crooked Beak McSquinty
EYE INFECTION - GROWN TOM TURKEY -
"Crooked Beak McSquinty" is a grown tom turkey w/ scissor beak & and a head deformity - basically one side of his head is bit squished in - thus he has a always had a squinty eye and a scissor beak. He has always been prone to get feed in his bad eye, so we check him frequently and keep his eye clean. He has never had more than minor discharge. Well, I got sick, and my husband was caregiver for a few days and fed McSquinty crumbles instead of pelleted feed
Hello, I'm Dr. Bob.I'm sorry to read of Crooked Beak McSquinty's eye problem.The ideal way to determine which antibiotic might be most effective would be to culture the causative organism and do sensitivity testing to reveal the most effective antibiotics. Unfortunately, this procedure is fairly expensive and would require at least 48 hours to accomplish.In the absence of that information, the antibiotics I would try would be gentocin drops for the eyes, and Tylocin (Tylan) or (Erythromycin), Your veterinarian almost certainly carries the gentocin eyedrops, and you should be able to purchase one of the antibiotics I listed from your local feed or farm supply store. The directions will be printed on the package.If you should have further questions, please let me know.Best regards,Dr. Bob
35 years in general practice, including avian.