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Antibiotics for Birds

Understanding antibiotic treatments for birds

Antibiotics are derived from bacterial sources, and are used to treat bacterial infections. Sulfonamides are one example of potentially effective antibiotics, although there are many others. Some antibiotics may have other uses, such as treating protozoal infections. Any time a bird is in need of antibiotics, questions may arise regarding the side effects, the correct dosages, or even whether the right antibiotics are being administered. Read on for questions on this subject that have been answered by the Experts.

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

Medicating pet birds with antibiotics in the water can be problematic, depending on the bird in question. Some are picky eaters (and drinkers), which prevents them from getting the help they need. An easily digested, palatable form of the antibiotic could be formulated and given to the bird instead. Antibiotics that have been formulated to taste good may be easier to administer to the bird. The formulated medication should 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 is recommended to help determine the cause of the illness, and what antibiotics (if any) 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.

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

A sinus infection could be deep and chronic, as well as resistant to the antibiotics that have been administered. Because organisms can live on the surface or possibly even in the mucus, they may not always be easily reached by orally administered antibiotics. In particular, sinus infections in birds can sometimes prove very 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 can prescribe antibiotics that would 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 their feces to become loose and have a foul smell?

Birds have both good and bad bacteria in their intestines. Any time antibiotics are administered, both types of bacteria can be killed. However, the bad bacteria could end up growing back faster than the good variety, which would impact the way the bird's food gets digested. These changes in the animal's intestines could be the cause of the foul smell. To remedy this, a diet that is high in fiber, and low in protein and fats could promote the growth of the good bacteria. Foods that could help achieve this include dark leafy greens, carrots, cooked squash and pumpkin, fresh yellow and red peppers, and dried chili peppers.

Any time antibiotics for birds are needed, certain questions and concerns will undoubtedly arise. When a trip to the veterinarian isn't possible, you can rely on verified Experts with years of experience to provide the guidance you need. Take your questions to the Experts on JustAnswer now for timely, affordable answers.

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