Originally Posted by WestKnollAmy
Poor dear. I have 2 silver pieds yearlings I have been treating with everything I have on hand. I called my local vet but he wants me to BRING them to him to see. Uhm... no. I asked for Baytril but he won't do it. Annoying when local vets won;t help. My farm vets are not sure what to do with peafowl and say they don't do exotics so they won't give me anything for them either.
Sadly, the problem with the vet not giving you Baytril isn't his fault. I ran into this with one of the local vets here, who flatly refused to prescribe it for a bird that was sitting in front of her. (She was as frustrated as I was, and was quite glad to hear that the bird had its own private stash of it )
The problem is the FDA has prohibited the use of Baytril in poultry -- ALL poultry -- even for illness. Can't be prescribed for poultry in the US without jeopardizing the vet's license. And the FDA classifies peafowl as "poultry" -- no kidding, I actually looked it up.
I do also get the "I have to see the bird before I can treat it" bit -- I am always astounded (and confounded) by the stories I hear about clients, and I can't fault any doctor or vet from declining to medicate any person or animal that the doc or vet hasn't laid eyes on.
With that said, I don't hesitate to personally give my birds whatever meds it seems as though they need. I'm not planning to eat any of my peas or their eggs, and I don't keep them with chickens to pass resistant germys along into the food chain. If Baytril can be given to a dog or a cat or a raptor or a parakeet, then I don't have any qualms about giving it to my sick pet peafowl. But I won't try to convince a vet to do something that could get him or her in trouble with the licensing authorities. We just have to figure out how to get it ourselves... That's where those links of Kathy's and internet searches come in handy.
It all goes back to a history of misuse of antibiotics by the agribusiness industry -- in my view, it's taken the FDA (and the rest of the agencies) waaaay too long to take any kind of effective steps to protect the public. I'm not terrifically pleased that my birds have to pay the price, but I sure am glad that things are finally happening to get fattening-up-the-hog/broiler/calf antibiotics out of the food chain!!! Too bad the regulations ended up being a blunt instrument instead of aimed precisely at the problem, though...
Edited by Garden Peas - 6/9/16 at 2:34pm