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Hello. My name is***** and I am an avian veterinarian that can answer your question. I understand that Charlie has been sick lately and was prescribed Zydaclin to be given every 12 hours. I would like to ask a couple follow up questions to make sure I am giving you the correct advice. You mentioned there are no nasal issues, so I am assuming there is no discharge from the eyes or nose. Is Charlie eating normally? Are the feces normal? Any regurgitation? Can you also please tell me what brand of seed and pellet Charlie is offered?
I am going to check that dose for you. Please all me a few minutes.
Thank you for your patience. Most Blue Front Amazons weigh about 300-500 grams. Calculating for a 400 gram Amazon, the dose would be 1.5 milliliters given every 24 hours for 3-5 days. If the weight is correct at the dose I calculated then that should make it a little easier for you. Putting the antibiotic in the water is a good idea, but correct dosing may be difficult if he does not drink the entire amount of water.
Giving an oral medication can be challenging. First, the restraint is an important part and may require two people to give the medication while one person restrains. Using a towel to hold around the body to support with one hand and using the thumb and middle finger to control the head is a proper technique. I will send a video before we finish. Directing the syringe to the left side of the mouth will follow the direction of the esophagus so getting liquid down the lungs is minimized with this approach. Giving the medication in drops is another way to prevent it (i.e. don't rush it).
Here is a picture of the hand position I was referring to: http://www.birdsandexotics.com/wp-content/uploads/bird-wrangler-e1373404706405-225x300.jpg
The towel can be wrapped around the entire body and held with the other hand.
There are 5 milliliters in a teaspoon, so about 1/3 of a teaspoon will give you the correct amount (i.e. 1.5 mL).
Yes, once a day. Not twice - that's for cats and dogs.
Regarding what is going wrong here, not eating, yellow feces, and lethargy are first observations of a sick bird. There are many different possibilities for this. Infection is possible, but organ disease (i.e. liver, kidney, etc.) and neoplasia are at the top. Often times, chronic malnutrition results in a "fatty liver syndrome." Although pellets have been offered, most of the time what that means is the bird eats around the pellets and primarily eats the seeds, which are high in fat and low in vitamins and essential nutrients. Sick birds are almost always dehydrated, so that ne
Increasing the ambient temperature to 85-90 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity to 85% is good support. I think he will do better if you can get him to an avian veterinarian that can perform initial diagnostics and treat for any underlying condition (i.e. organ disease vs. malnutrition). Birds that are acting sick need to be treated aggressively, and a good avian veterinarian is equipped to do that. With everything we discussed, you are doing all you can with what you have available.