I am a new member of this forum - proud owner of an AG named “Amarula” - Amarula unfortunately is sick and need a dose of antibiotic. Does anybody have good advice of how to feed this? It is liquid form and requirement is about 1ml twice a day. Amarula is not happy being touched and handled so it is a stressful struggle which requires gloves and involves quite some struggle which I would really like to avoid - Vet recommend using a syringe - which does require that I force feed - anybody???
With Maui, when I did the liquid medicine, I just held her head and squirted it into her beak, making sure she swallowed it. I didn't put the syringe down her throat.
I have heard of much better ways though, like giving a very high value item in the syringe, such as apple juice, and then every once in a while doing the medicine. So like 4:1 times of apple juice to medicine. Even after getting medicine, the bird will still keep getting apple juice and continually try the syringe.
I don't know the details because frankly I was afraid to ask but my friend in China had her CAG pass away (choked to death) while she was giving it oral medicine. As I say, I have no idea how it happened and certainly don't want to frighten - maybe others on here more knowledgeable than me could postulate how that could happen. To say she was devastated would be a vast understatement.
We've had to give Ruby antibiotics twice now, both times via injections. Believe me, twice a day for a couple weeks is no joy ride. That said, our avian doctor did a great job instructing how to do it and my partner did an absolutely amazing job of doing it. I just couldn't do it for some reason - chicken for sure. And she took the brunt of it because it took Ruby a couple months after to fully get comfortable with her again. The good thing (and IMO the most important thing) is that you know for 100% that they are getting the full dosages.