Originally Posted by Lacrystol
This is what's on the bottle and it is what I had used to get rid of the Gape worms that my chicken had, now for just an annual dose, you would not give it to them for 5 days.
directions: Valbezen dose, mix 1cc of Valbezen with 8 CC of water, Take that mixture and give orally 2cc's per day for five days.
SO by you saying this: No offense to anyone, but I think the proper Valbazen dose is 0.08ml per pound, not what First State Vet suggests.
Is a Terrible thing to suggest..
I mean this in the nicest way possible, but the instructions on the First State Vet bottle make no sense because a 10 pound chicken, duck, goose, etc. should get way more medication than a 1 pound bird, right?
One ml of Valbazen has 113.6 mg of albendazole. Add that to eight ml of water and now you have nine ml with 113.6 mg of albendazole.
- 9 / 113.6 = 12.62 mg per one ml
- 12.62 x 2 = 25.24 mg per two ml
Those directions say to give two ml (cc) to any sized bird, right? Makes no sense to give 25 mg to all sized birds. Small ones will get too much, bigger ones will get way too little.
So I just checked the First State site and they have the exact same instructions for Safeguard. FWIW, First State is not the only place that I have found dosing errors.
For those that don't know me, please understand that I am quite passionate about dosing birds and animals based on their weight. Also know that I research veterinary books, publications etc before I post about doses.
Some references are:
Avian Medicine: Principles and Applications
Clinical Avian Medicine
Veterinary Parasitology Reference Manual, Fifth Edition
Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook
The National Center for Biotechnology Information
This subject is probably a good one for this thread:
Anyone Here Good at Math? - Math and Medications
Disclaimer - I have no medical training!