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Antibiotics for Birds

Antibiotics are derived from bacterial sources and are used to treat bacterial infections. Sulfonamides could be effective antibiotics. Some antibiotics may have other uses such as treating protozoal infections. Anytime a bird is in need of antibiotics, questions may arise regarding the side effects, the dosage or possibly the right antibiotics needed. Read below for questions that have been answered by Experts.

How to entice a bird to drink water with antibiotics in it?

Medicating pet birds with antibiotics in the water could create problems. An easily digested, palatable form of the antibiotic could be formulated and given to the bird instead. The antibiotic that is formulated to taste good may be easier to administer to the bird. The formulated medication may be based on the milligrams that are needed.

What are the best antibiotics for a goose that is losing weight?

Weight loss could be caused by problems other than bacterial infections as well. Infections that are caused by a virus or fungus could be made worse and possibly fatal with the use of antibiotics. An examination by an avian veterinarian may be needed to help determine the cause of the illness and what antibiotics are needed. If a bacterial infection is the cause, tests can be performed to help determine the most effective antibiotic. The bacterial infections may also be resistant to common antibiotics. However,

Why would a sinus infection persist after the administration of antibiotics?

A sinus infection could be deep and chronic and could be resistant to the antibiotics that have been administered. Because organisms can live on the surface or possibly even in the mucus they may not be easily reached by oral antibiotics. Sinus infections in birds could be difficult to treat. A veterinarian may administer antibiotic injections and concurrent nasal flushes to help treat the infection.

Would Clavamox used for cats be a good antibiotic for birds?

This is not recommended because it may contain a dose that is too high for the bird. A veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics that could be easier on the bird’s stomach. If the bird is gasping for breath, fluffed up or hiding at the bottom of the cage, an exam by a veterinarian is needed for diagnosis and administration of the correct antibiotic.

Would antibiotics for birds cause the feces to become loose and have a foul smell?

Birds have both good and bad bacteria in their intestines. Anytime antibiotics are given both bacteria may get killed. However, the bad bacteria may grow faster than the good bacteria and this could cause changes in how the food is digested. The foul smell may be caused by the changes in the birds intestines. The good bacteria can be promoted to grow by offering a diet that is high in fiber and low in fats and protein. The foods that may help could include, dark leafy greens, carrots, cooked squash and pumpkin, fresh yellow and red peppers and dried chili peppers.

Anytime antibiotics for birds are needed questions and concerns may arise. When a trip to the veterinarian is not possible, you can rely on Experts with years of experience to answer your questions. Ask Experts on JustAnswer now for timely, affordable answers. 

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