A must-read for infections! Durvet, Duramycin, Tetracycline or Oxytetracycline INJECTIONS

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LTygress, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. LTygress

    LTygress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is something I'd love to see added to the "Medical Treatments Recommended by BYCers" in the sticky thread of Helpful References and Links at the top.

    I just had incredible success with this, and wanted to share it. All of the names above are pretty much the same thing. Duramycin is the brand it is sold under at Tractor Supply and a 250 mL bottle is only $23. For most of us raising chickens who watch budgets, that's actually a VERY cheap price for a medication for the amount you get (roughly a pint).

    I used to buy Duramycin for rabbits in the powder form, but it makes the water bitter so they won't touch it. Powder form is recommended for chickens, turkeys, and ducks, but only if it can be mixed with water and used as the ONLY source of drinking water during the time of treatment. The problem is, free-range chickens can find all sorts of odd places to get fresh water from, especially right after it rains. So when using the powder form, you never REALLY know if the chickens have ingested enough.

    But I had a chicken with an eye injury that had become infected, and needed some way to treat it. Since I still have an almost-full bottle of this stuff, and PLENTY of my mom's diabetic syringes laying around with 29-gauge needles, I decided to give it a try. I looked it up on the internet to find out exactly how/where chickens get injections. But Duramycin also burned my rabbits when I injected it into a muscle, so I chose to skip that and go subcutaneous (under the skin) around the neck. I also chose this because I wanted the antibiotic to be given as close to the actual infection as possible, and most other animals receive injections under the skin near the neck as well.

    The dosage was a bigger problem. The powder form has instructions for birds, but the injection form only has instructions for cows and pigs. But the dosage is the same, and based on body weight, so I went with that. Rounding is usually okay with smaller dosages. That being said, using a diabetic syringe, my full-size (NOT bantam) Ameraucana hen took about 40 units. If you were measuring with a normal syringe, you could probably bump it up to about 1/2cc safely.

    Now keep in mind that a mL and a cc are the same. So a bottle of 250mL of antibiotic is going to give you about 500 doses! So that $23 is fairly cheap now.

    And it's considered a broad-spectrum antibiotic, meaning it targets MANY different low-grade bacterial infections. It is sulfur-based (thus why it burns and tastes bitter), so it's yellow and it can stain, but you should have no problem with that when using the injection form, since it never even gets exposed to air.

    And now that I've explained how to use it and how much... I have to say it worked GREAT. For the first time in about a week (during which I cleaned her eye EVERY DAY with saline solution), she was able to see out of her eye first thing in the morning. Usually it was crusted over with so much discharge, it had literally glued her eye shut. And this evening when I walked back out and checked on her again, the skin around the eye was no longer pale and white, but rather dark red like the healthy eye is. This definitely puts my mind at ease, since a free-range chicken without eyesight in one eye, is just ASKING for something to attack it!
     
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  2. NakedNeck1

    NakedNeck1 Out Of The Brooder

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    How often would you recommend injecting oxytetracycline and for how many days? I have a 23lb tom that I gave 1.1cc yesterday for what I think maybe mycoplasma and with the one dose he has made great improvement but I'm unsure how long and often I need to continue giving it to him.
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I'll look up the dosing info in my books and let you knw.

    -Kathy
     
  4. NakedNeck1

    NakedNeck1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you sooo much!
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Looking now, but need to know if you have LA200 or something else.

    -Kathy
     
  6. NakedNeck1

    NakedNeck1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have the LA200
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Sorry it too so long, but here is what I have:

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    A) Suggests that you give .25ml per 2.2 pounds (50mg/kg) every three to five days.
    B) Suggests that you give 1ml per 2.2 pounds (200mg/kg) once a day for 3-5 days.

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    This is what it has for cattle, which is what's on the bottle, I think. You can see that cattle get way less than birds do (6.6-20mg per 2.2 pounds).

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    I've never used it, but if I were going to, I think I'd call UC Davis and ask someone there how much to give. Your turkey weighs about 10kg, so if you were going to go by the above info he'd get 2.5ml for A) or 10ml for B). Make sense? Please correct me if my math is wrong, lol.


    -Kathy
     
  8. bunnylove34

    bunnylove34 New Egg

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    Hello. I started rescuing unwanted or abused bunnies just about a year ago. I have about 70. Now sometimes the boys manage to get a hold of each other and get an abscess and infection. I can almost always lance it and take care of it but here comes the issue of the sulfa based antibiotic powder. I also have it from the tractor supply and diabetic syringes but how much would I give a 5 lb rabbit? I just can't figure it out. And what do I mix it with? Any info would be great. Thanks so much
     
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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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  10. ashleymarie82

    ashleymarie82 Just Hatched

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    Just found this thread in a Google search. Hoping you can help. I have a Cochin bantam rooster with upper respiratory infection. Stores are all closed or sold out of Tylan. I have a friend with a dairy farm that says he has tetracycline for injection. Can I give this to the rooster and if so how much and how often? Thanks!
     

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