Originally Posted by Folly's place
There is some confusion about drug withdrawal periods, and approved and unapproved drug use in different species. Small animal veterinarians may not be up to date on food animal drug requirements, which do change as time goes by and new information comes up. FARAD is an excellent source for this information. Baytril is prohibited for use in poultry, for all the above reasons. It's been used, but shouldn't be used any more. There is no approved withdrawal time for drugs that are prohibited. Mary
I will take a look at the FARAD refrence you provided. i feel very conflicted about it having been perscribed. it was an emergency vet surgeon that only treated pet birds (not chickens) who persribed it at like 12a.m. sunday night/monday morning. she said she didnt have anything else medication-wise on hand that she felt would be effective considering the tearing in her vent and the need for stiches.
i had called every weekend/emergency vet (including the local agricultural extention, they only do larger livestock) within 3 hours (and i had to drive 2 1/2 hours to this place) of where i am and this place was the only place that would even see birds and they wouldnt see 'farm animals' but i managed to convince them that she is my pet and that she posed no risk to any other animals there because she was not sick, she was injured. i didnt know if she would be ok until the next day because the egg was all the way out of her bound up in her vent lining, i assumed there was a large chance of a nasty and fatal infection so i took her where i could a soon as i could. the vet admittedly had very little experience with chickens (she couldnt have been older than 30), but on the other hand, my bird is most likely still alive and successfully laying eggs today because of her.
sssooo im not sure if i should fault the vet or thank her. i've had a handful of small and large bird over the years, from canaries to macaws (my mother owned a pet store for some years), but this chicken thing has been quite the learning experience and seems to come with a heck of a learning curve no matter how much reading i do.Edited by Veg87 - 10/1/15 at 11:18am