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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have a 5 month old silkie that's lost weight and

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I have a 5 month old silkie that's lost weight and lethargic, its having trouble holding its head up, not eating or drinking alot, it had some watery yellow diarrhea
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Is this one of the chickens who had watery, bubbly eyes, and sneezing? I would be concerned about Marek's if she's the only one affected and she's having trouble holding her head up which suggests paralysis of her neck typical of Marek's.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No it's a different one, he was vaccinated for mereks when he was younger
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Thank you. The vaccine isn't totally protective but should ameliorate symptoms. Because this cock's symptoms aren't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder you'll need an avian vet (please see here; www.aav.org) to examine and test him or you can presumptively worm him (Wazine)/administer a cocciostat (Corid) and then administer a broad spectrum antibiotic such as tylosin (Tylan-50) at 10-15 mg/lb intramuscularly or orally for 5-7 days. Please continue our conversation if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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