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Old 04-09-2017, 01:50 PM
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Kimchee won't stop spitting out her medicine! She has to take medicine orally 3x a day. The vet said to aim it up and we do but know she has it all over her face! I thought it went down. Also I'm having a lot of trouble holding her.
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Of course she would resist, but some medicine does go in. I would suggest to hold her head firmly-while giving her medicine. With old t- shirt,if she bites. Last summer I went through a nightmare of giving medicine to 16 birds twice a day, they resisted but got cured after all, so they did get some medicine in. But just recently I've learned how to do tube-feeding,its is not that hard and sure to deliver the correct dose in. There are videos on you tube-on how to.. Hope this can be some help to you
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I'm sorry I don't have much time to write a reply right now, but check out my previous posts in this thread for some strategies that should help.
 
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I don't think she got any medicine. But my hand it all bit and scratched up. It took 55 minutes and nothing! She won't let me hold her but when I do she won't open her mouth! Also thanks for the advice
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You need to hold her firmly enough to be able to control her head, whether she likes it or not. You can do this by bracing your thumb and forefinger just under her jaw (make sure you're not squeezing her neck, you want her to be able to breathe, but you're controlling the side-to-side movement of her head.) You don't need her to open her mouth. Turn her on her side, with her head controlled, and drip the medication into the corner of her beak. She'll open up reflexively and take it in. Hold her head still for a few more minutes, to make sure she swallows it. There's a video demonstrating this in the thread I linked.
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With birds you actually need to be more careful about squeezing their chest than their neck. You need to be careful with both obviously, but what I was told by a vet tech is that parrots have a bone in their throat that humans don't have, which helps prevent them from being choked by pressure on the neck. But they don't have a diaphragm like humans do, and they MUST be able to move their chest up and down in order to breathe.

Edited to add: I did some quick research and found a picture that shows this bone pretty well, sticking out like a ring at the base of the throat. It's actually the wishbone, aka furcula. Obviously it doesn't protect the entire neck, but I can see how it would help prevent the lower part of the neck from being compressed. I can see why they might need to move that massive keelbone in order to breathe too.

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Thank you both. Both your information was very useful. I hope tomorrow goes better
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Giving oral meds is definitely a skill that takes practice. You'll get better at it.
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