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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My cockatoo accidentally ingested a small portion of Silver

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My cockatoo accidentally ingested a small portion of Silver Sulfadiazine Cream. Should I be scared???
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?
Customer: Umbrella cockatoo
JA: OK. The Veterinarian will know if the cockatoo will be able to digest that. What is the cockatoo's name and age?
Customer: Sydney, age 8
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Sydney?
Customer: Wound on chest. Is why she is prescribed the cream
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. Silver sulfadiazine creams are relatively nontoxic to birds and so are often chosen as a topical antibacterial. Chronic ingestion, however, has been reported to cause agyria (silver poisoning). It causes a bluish discoloration of the skin, feathers and mucous membranes. A one time inadvertent ingestion of a small portion of the cream should be well-tolerated. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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