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Is erythromycin ointment safe to use on a chick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Pyxis, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    In another thread that I posted on here, I asked for help with a bantam chick that has what I've now determined to be an eye infection. I was told to get terramycin, but I can't find any around here. I did have someone very kindly give me erythromycin opthalmic ointment. Is it safe to use on the little guy, and if so, will it help with the eye infection?
     
  2. RedIII

    RedIII Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have looked for terramycin before, too, and have yet to find it in a pet store. It may be something you would have to get from a vet.

    Check the ingredients of that ointment you have. If it has anything from a tea tree in it, it is toxic to chickens.
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    The erythro ointment is something I've used alot of. They also put that in baby's eyes.
     
  4. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    It says the ingredients are "Erythromycin USP 5 mg per gram in a sterile opthalmic base of Mineral Oil and White Petrolatum."
     

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