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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 45 years of experience
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My Parakeet Pete has a abscess under his top beak on his

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My Parakeet Pete has a abscess under his top beak on his right side, I noticed he was not closing his mouth all the way, last night I put some numbing ointment on the swollen part and gave him a little taste of antibiotic Clindamycin Hydrochloride oral liquid, I wanted to ask before I did it again .thank you Julia Maker
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. How old is Pete?
Customer: I think about a year
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Pete?
Customer: Well I seen him eating and he still seems active
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your parakeet. Clindamycin can be dosed in a wide range of dosing - 25-150 mg/kg twice daily. I don't know the concentration of your oral liquid. Parakeets usually weight ~ 0.03 kg. In general, abscesses need to be debrided - devitalized tissue is removed and the cavity is then flushed with an antimicrobial solution such as chlorhexidine. Vitamin A deficiency is commonly associated with these abscesses and so I'll inject these birds with vitamin A and initiate vitamin supplementation in their drinking water.

Please respond with the additional information and further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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

Dr. Michael Salkin