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Old 01-24-2015, 01:03 PM
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Vet had asked me to apply 2 drops to the back of her neck. She isnt tame and doesnt like being touched so i Really struggled to catch and then hold her, so I've got no idea how much I finally did apply. Quite a bit fell just on her feathers rather than her skin and the feathers on the back of her neck are sticky now.

She was quite shaken after her ordeal, akmosy dazed, which i first thougj was just because of the physic struggle but then i read up on overdose symtpoms.

Now she seems quiet but ok. She's back on her swing and preening herself.

I don't know what possessed me to administer ivermectin myself. I'm so scared I've poisoned my little girl.

The vet said it's very mild. I'm not sure what the concentration is. On the tube it says

xeno 50mini.
Ivermectin 50mcg

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I was told by my vet that to only put two drops as you could overdose but I'm not sure on the dose myself but I'm sure someone will be along soon to help you out with more experience!
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You need to catch your bird and get it under luke warm water in your sink and get all that washed off....right now
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the reason Jonah says to get her washed off, is because our birds preen themselves, which means she will ingest that ivermectin which isn't meant to be given orally. So it needs to be washed off ASAP
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Yes JW....exactly. Being as the bird has already been preening, I hope it has not ingested any. I don't know what could be given orally to neutralize that, if anything. Pipsicle need's to contact an emergency vet ASAP....
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Not sure if it will help for budgies but I've been told that charcoal absorbs toxins in the stomach for children and adults it's been also given to dogs before when they digest something that could potentially kill them...
Could budgies have charcoal also!?

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I've had a quick search online and I belive you can give it to them. - I'm not sure on dosage for them but you might have some Chadian capsules in you cupboard , I would probably sprinkle half of one of those or even a full capsule over his food ? I'm unsure though so maybe someone else can suggest something?
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Good info Bethanyi...I would still call an avian vet because they may have something better, or at least can say go ahead with your suggestion...
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Yes as Randy has said call the vets ASAP I'm only saying the charcoal as it takes your budgie about three hours for him to digest and by the time of your post its reaching that time now if it hasn't already...
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Not sure of the types you have overseas, but here in Australia we have 2 types of Ivermectin. One is water based which is actually Oral Sheep Drench and the other is Alcohol based and is a spot on and here mainly used for cattle. Both can be used for birds but the one that is usually used for birds is the water based. This one can be given internally. Many people use it externally on the back of the neck but it takes much longer to get into the system. An avian vet in Victoria Australia at a lecture at a budgie club when asked told them you could give them 20 times the correct dosage without any adverse side effects. I have been using the water based oral Ivermectin for 20 years and have never had a problem with it. I mainly give it direct into the beak and on many different species of parrots. The dosage of our water based is 1 drop per 100g body weight and we use one drop internally or externally for budgies. I looked up the Xeno 50 mini and the dosage for birds says 1 drop per 15g body weight and is possibly an alcohol based product.

The alcohol based Ivermectin is much stronger and is not usually used for birds and we never use an injectable type here in Australia.

Bethany Charcoal is fine for birds. Over here we can buy charcoal from pet shops and you can also get charcoal calcium bells. In the wild budgies would chew on the charcoal from burnt trees after bush fires if they felt they needed it.
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Yes, it is very possible to overdose with Ivermectin

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-diseas...-toxicity.html

I hope you've managed to get your little one cleaned off and contacted the vet right away.

Please let us know how she's doing.
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