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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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HiIs Neomycin and Polymyxin sulfates dexamethasone ophthalmic

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Is Neomycin and Polymyxin B sulfates dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension used as ear drops for lovebirds?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
is there a natural product I can use as ear drops?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner and I regret that I can't correspond with you outside of this venue. There's no reason why that ophthalmic suspension couldn't be used in her ears but I must admit that the diagnosis of ear infection in a lovebird should be circumspect. Bacterial ear infection is rare in pet birds. There are viruses (paramyxovirus) that can infect the inner ear but those cause signs of inner ear involvement - ataxia and head tilt. Neoplasia (cancer) can also involve the ears.
What are you seeing that prompted the diagnosis of ear infection, please? I would prefer if nothing - natural or not - were instilled into her ears if it wasn't necessary.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
Please clarify, how does the charges for this session work. I really prefer to speak to you by phone.
A year ago, he had discharge from his left ear, I took him to a vet who gave me drops and said that unless it clears I would need to have his ears flushed, about a week later the discharge cleared. I purchased extra drops to have handy should the situation reoccur (since the vet is over an hour drive each way). When I checked the drops on Sunday, I noticed that it was eye drops and not ear drops, I was not sure if they shipped me the wrong meds. I also notice that he often jerks his head in a very rapid motion and I read online that it can be related to an ear infection. Another concern is that he opens his mouth as if he is yawning while jerking his body in a forward/backward motion. In addition he sometimes does not want to take a bath which leads me to suspect that it might be a problem with his ears.
Thank you.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm not privy to your financial arrangement with the site. Please contact***@******.*** for more information. Thank you for the additional information. We do use the more convenient and cost-effective ophthalmic products instead of those labeled for the ears when addressing the uncommon ear problems we might encounter.
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