Using Bird Antibiotics Properly
Birds often show early signs of infection. Symptoms include a loss of appetite, fatigue, and a change in droppings.
Bird antibiotics can be very helpful when used under the right circumstances. If you’re unsure what is causing disease in your bird, an avian veterinarian can help you identify possible causes and the best treatment.
There are a number of factors that rely on the ability of antibiotics to be effective. These factors include whether or not:
- • The problem is caused by bacteria
- • The bacteria is sensitive to the antibiotic being used
- • The antibiotic is being used properly (dosage and treatment intervals)
- • Other contributing problems have been removed
All of these factors are important to take into account before you administer antibiotics to your bird.
Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria
Bacteria can be either gram-positive or gram-negative. There are some antibiotics that work better against gram-positive bacteria, and there are others that work better against gram-negative bacteria.
The best way to identify bacteria is through an avian veterinarian who can culture the organism and determine which antibiotic will work best to treat the infection.
After the correct antibiotic is selected, proper administration is the next step. Proper administration will depend on the antibiotic being used and the infection being treated. Antibiotics can be given by injection, mixed in with drinking water, or given orally through a syringe. An avian veterinarian can instruct you on the proper administration of different antibiotics, including the dose, frequency, and duration that they should be used.
Choosing antibiotics wisely and using them properly is very important because the improper use of antibiotics can be dangerous. Always follow your avian veterinarian’s instructions for the dose and duration of the antibiotic, even if it seems like your bird is better.
If too high of a dose is used or the treatment is used for too long, birds can suffer from organ damage. If the dose is too low or the treatment isn’t long enough, the bacteria won’t be killed or weakened, plus the bacteria could develop resistance to the antibiotic.
If used properly, bird antibiotics can be successful in eliminating bacterial infections in birds. Because there are many factors that go into the proper diagnosis of infections and the administration of antibiotics, an avian veterinarian should be consulted for a safe and successful outcome.
The materials and information provided on this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of your veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian if you have medical questions concerning diagnosis, treatment, therapy, or medical attention.