DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) is commonly used to treat inflammation and is applied topically. This can be especially helpful if you need to target a specific area of your starling bird (say, the leg). It is easily absorbed by the skin. DMSO is a by-product of paper making (wood). It’s used as an industrial solvent and as an anti-inflammatory since the mid-20th century. [Read more…]
Probiotics can be beneficial for your starling bird during a molt, after administering any type of medication, and any other time they experience stress. You can’t overdose with a probiotic. Probiotics are simply a boost for the good gut flora and helps to strengthen the bird’s health and immune system.
Amoxicillin (and ampicillin) are effective against many gram postive and some gram negtive bacteria. Most of the infections that birds have are gram negative, so penicillin based products won’t work with most infections. Amoxicillin (penicillin based) is used for cat bites in birds with good results, as Pasteruella is a gram positive bacteria.
The penicillin antibiotics have limited use in birds except for Pasteurella infections. For cat bites, Amoxicillian is a better choice to use, not because it works any better but because the less we use Baytril (see below), the better chance we have of not causing a resistant bacteria to develop.[Read more…]
So you’ve adopted and/or rescued a European Starling. Well done! Your life is on a path of promising events and opportunities. In order to keep your bird happy (and alive), you’ll need to feed them a proper diet.[Read more…]