How to apply VetRx on Chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by naked_heels, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. naked_heels

    naked_heels Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello All,

    I would like to use a VetRx on one of the hen, she got bloating eyes. Can any one help me on how to use or apply VetRx? I read the instructions that comes with it, but it kinda confused me a bit. I would like to hear from expertised out there before I make my move. Thanks in advance
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Vet Rx is not a medication. It's Vicks Vapo Rub for chickens. I would not use that for what you described. If she has an infection, she'd need to be culled or given antibiotics. Not sure what "bloating eyes" are, exactly; you mean swollen?
     
  3. naked_heels

    naked_heels Out Of The Brooder

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    VetRx made for only sneezing and congested right? Thanks for replied
     
  4. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually, a topical application IN the eye is suggested as a treatment for eye worm, along with an orally administered drop, but I don' t know of a recommendation for eye infection or irritation.

    First, check to see if your chick has mites -- if so, they may be scratching a lot and accidentally scratch their eyes.

    Wash the eye with sterile saline. Just plain saline, don't get the contact lens kind with preservative in it. (Hold the eyelid up and drip a few drops in) This will remove loose dust etc. if there is some irritating the eye.

    You can buy an opthalmic anitbiotic ointment to use in the eye if it is an eye infection, and also give something like auromycin or duramycin in the water. There was an eye doctor that wrote in here that it is fine to use regular triple antibiotic ointment instead of the $13 a tiny tube opthalmic ointment.

    I have treated mine with the regular antibiotic ointment and had good success.

    If the eyes are just swollen and they have any discharge from the nose, coughing, or wheezing, you need to treat with an antibiotic in their water. Separate them from your other birds and watch the rest of your flock for developing symptoms.

    ETA: Eye worm: The http://www.vetmanual.org/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/202800.htm states:
    As a treatment for Manson’s eyeworm, a local anesthetic can be applied to the eye, and the worms in the lacrimal sac exposed by lifting the nictitating membrane. A 5% cresol solution (1-2 drops) placed in the lacrimal sac kills the worms immediately. The eye should be irrigated with sterile water immediately to wash out the debris and excess solution. The eyes improve within 48-72 hr and gradually become clear if the destructive process caused by the parasite is not too far advanced.

    VetRx is ​

    NOT a cresol solution.
     
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  5. naked_heels

    naked_heels Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks farmin'chick and specklehen, I will try that this afternoon. Thanks again
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If you read the directions on VetRx, it does not say put it IN the eye, but in the opening at the roof of the mouth, up in the nasal cavity area. It has camphor in it, which probably would burn like fire inside the eye.


    Just be aware that if she has something contagious, she may remain a carrier, meaning she will always be able to infect other birds, even if she seems to heal up. Antibiotics do nothing for a virus, as you probably know. Many old time poultry keepers never treat anything respiratory at all. Either they separate the bird and see if its immune system will take over or they immediately cull the bird to keep whatever it has from spreading. They also want birds with strong immune systems, which is another reason not to treat a bird with respiratory ailments. Everyone must make their own decisions about this, but everyone also needs to have the proper information to make those decisions--chickens do not catch head colds like humans do, no matter what the VetRx instructions tell you.


    Here are the eyeworm directions from the label:

    To treat, hold bird under your arm so you have both hands free. Open bird's mouth while turning its head to side and tilting down so you can see the cleft in the roof of the mouth. Dip a small cotton swab into warm VETRX™. Press swab right into cleft. Do this slowly. Watch for VetRx to come from each side of bird's beak and pus coming from corner of each eye. Remove pus and rest bird for awhile. You may have to repeat treatment two or three times before you see results.​
     
  7. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

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    i put it on my Roo's eye not knowing and it freaked out. I know it can be used in the eye for worms but mine had a boo and it hurt him. I did it wrong!!!!

    You can also dab some under wings and make a warm water mixture and spray them or use in humidifyer(butcher spelling, i know ) It is like Vicks vapor rub for chickens and also great for scaly leggs and eye worms.




    I would post a picture so maybe we could rule out some stuff. Don't worry, your chicken will get the help it needs
     
  8. katmom6996

    katmom6996 New Egg

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    One of my chickens is gasping for air. She gasps about every 10 seconds. What do I do? Otherwise she looks healthy and walks around fine.
     

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