TriCare Wound Ointment--WARNING!!! DO NOT USE ON BIRDS!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by speckledhen, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It has lots of natural ingredients and you'd think it was a good thing, good as an anti-pick ointment. However, it contains benzocaine, which is used in labs to euthanize amphibians. I lost a wonderful rooster to this stuff and there is no warning about not using it on birds. PLEASE, do not use any "caine" products on your chickens!
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Cyn, thanks for posting this reminder for others. I have added it to the "helpful references" sticky at the top of this forum.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Thank you, Jody. Its on feedstore shelves around here, sometimes near the chicken products. I dont even like to think about the day my Hawkeye died, but people need to steer clear of this stuff, so I wanted to post a separate warning.
  4. E.G.Glayer

    E.G.Glayer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2009
    Blanchester OH
    I am sorry for your loss but I am positive the info you shared will help many others including myself.
  5. cariboujaguar

    cariboujaguar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2009
    I'm so sorry you lost your boy, but at least his misfortune will help others [​IMG] Thank you for helping ensure we don't make the same mistake you did [​IMG]
  6. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for posting cyn! What were they symptoms you saw?
  7. Silkiemama

    Silkiemama Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2008
    S.E. Ohio
    I've read it's ok to use Neosporin, but NOT with "pain relief"; I always wondered what difference it would make - THANKS so much for clearing this up. I'm really sorry this was one of those learning from a bad experience things for you. How sad. Seems so innocent....
  8. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2008
    Carson City, NV
    I'm sorry for your loss but THANK YOU: it's sitting above the bird food next to the wormer and grit.

    I'd have totally used it if I hadn't seen this thread!
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    The pain relief in Neosporin isn't benzocaine or lidocaine and shouldnt cause a problem.

    The ointment was applied to comb and wattles as an anti-pick remedy. In five minutes, he began to extend his neck like it was bothering him a bit, then he started to run at Suede at the fence, like usual. He backed away, started to sway, his eyes glazed over and he just sat down, then started to fall over. This happened within 4 ft of me and I grabbed him, ran to the house, tried to wash it off, DH gave CPR, but he just slipped away.
    I know for a fact that the benzocaine is used in labs to euthanize amphibians, but I didnt know that then. I know of at least one other person with the same experience with benzocaine, though not specifically in this ointment.This also contains high aromatics which can also cause respiratory issues, but I believe the combination of those and benzocaine did it.
  10. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    very sorry for the loss of your Hawkeye..

    good of you to post this warning for others..

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