the use of anti-inflammatories or aspirin in poultry or fowl.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kennicuttfarms, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. Kennicuttfarms

    Kennicuttfarms In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2009
    I have looked in every book that I have on veterinary medicine and birds, and for some reason I can not find anything on giving an anti-inflammatory or a NSAID like aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol to my birds. I have a Reeves pheasant male that seems to have injured his neck and head. I am worried about inflammation and swelling and would like to give him something to help keep him comfortable while I try to figure out what is wrong with him. I even tried looking for information on the internet, but I just can't find anything. I would call our local vet, but we don't have one that is very knowledgeable about birds. So I figured I would turn to people who were. If anyone can help me that would be great. Normally in my pets I have used baby tylenol which works great. I have this on hand all the time in a liquid so I can easily dose out and give this to them. Please let me know if I can give this guy something. Thanks in advance.
  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    You can use asprin, and ONLY asprin with birds for pain relief. I wish I have the dosage memorized, but I'm sure you can find it with the search feature. It is something like "5 grain" per gallon. I don't use or have asprin, so not sure what it means in dosage.
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    A regular adult strength aspirin tablet is 5 grains.

    You can also use metacam, but it requires a prescription from the vet.
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

  6. JewellFarm

    JewellFarm Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Lebanon, Virginia
    I had a peachick who had a slipped tendon. I would cut a small piece off of an aleve tablet and give it to him every day or every other day when it became pretty bad. The aleve never hurt him. I hope someone can give you a more definite answer.
  7. I've used a low-dose (81 mg) aspirin, crushed in a quart of water for a limping hen. She's fine now. Was given dosage by an on-line poultry friend...[​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2009
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  8. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    The formulary in the link below is helpful (actually, the entire book can be downloaded for free):

    ACETYLSALICYLIC ACID - Aspirin (Butler; Vedco)
    Available as tablets (5 or 60 grain) for oral administration. Also
    available as 1.25 grain orange-flavored chewable tablets. May be
    effective as an analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory agent
    in some avian species. May be indicated to prevent clot formation
    and embolisms secondary to egg-related peritonitis, granulomatous
    diseases and shock. Uricosuric at low doses and may be
    effective in some cases of acute and chronic gout. A five grain tablet
    can be mixed in 30 ml of diluent and administered at a dose of 0.5
    ml/kg, TID (or 1 tablet per pint of drinking water).

    from: Avian medicine: Principles and Applications (formulary chap. 18) :
    OTC Aspirin is 81mg/325mg.).
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Good advice guys..I'm saving this thread. Thanks. [​IMG]
  10. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I had a hen with a fractured pelvis whom I administered 1/2 an 81mg coated aspirin every 4-6 hours. I gave her yogurt to soften the effect on her digestive system. My vet agreed this was great and suggested I attempt to give her a little Maalox for the acidic qualities, but Georgie wasn't going for that business.

    My hen is now healed after 6 weeks of treatment living on an overstuffed dog bed inside all summer!

    The aspirin was colored and Georgie readily pecked it right up when it was time for her dose!

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