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(No name) wrote: > No worry about that Diana. I don't allow my pets to share my > medication with me. It was a total accident that he even got it. I'll > just have to be more conscientious about keeping my medications in > bird proof and Adult proof bottles. > > He's such a happy, fun bird. He's loud and obnoxious when he really > wants something, helps himself to your toast weather you give him > permission or not, likes to play monkey bird hanging onto the bottom > of my skirt even when I ask him to please come up on my shoulder. And > kleenex---------he's just got to have. He loves it even if it makes a > grand mess for me. The best part.......me and my husband love all of > our pets dearly > > It's taming the Cockatiels that's not so easy- but we've gotten to a > point we can take them out of their cages without them drawing blood. > They love cuddling, but they sure squawk to tell each other how > horrible it is, and yet you can tell they love every minute of > it........... > > Kiwi Anna: She's doing wonderful. Trouble is when she's playing > sometimes it's very rough and she comes charging up to you to attack > the hand. Not always but sometimes. I'm finally getting so I can tell > her- no, and she's beginning to understand what it means. > > She's queen of my shoulder and she lets all the birds know. > I sure love her too. > > It sounds like you are doing a fantastic job as a vet student Diana. > You sounded like a pro. > > Anyway, I appreciate your quick, well thought out answers. > > Linda > > Diana wrote: > > That's the only way I would've guessed that a bird would have > gotten > > into pills. Dogs are known to eat entire bottles full of pills (or > > liquid meds), but I think we'd only really have to worry about that > > with macaws and cockatoos that have a lot of unsupervised time on > > their hands (feet?). I think birds in the home environment are > really > > only likely to take in a partial pill because most people (as far as > I > > know) like to watch the birds when they're out. But I do think it's > > fairly common for them to get at least pieces of pills because they > > like to chew on whatever they find. > > > > As far as how quickly it takes for the drug to be absorbed, it > really > > depends on what type of medication it is and how small the pieces > > ingested are. Some drugs absorb more rapidly in acidic conditions > and > > some like a more alkaline environment. In dogs, the former pills > > absorb more rapidly because they hid an acidic environment first > (the > > stomach). The further away you get from the stomach in the > intestinal > > track, the more basic the fluids are. I think the pH in avian > > digestive tracts work similarly, but I couldn't tell you for sure. > > Also, smaller pieces are quicker to absorb than larger ones. > > > > The drug packaging is likely to have some information on how > quickly > > drugs reach certain concentrations in whatever animal (including > > people) they're used in. With any species not included on the > label, > > it's kind of a guessing game. > > > > So I'd probably worry anytime I noticed that a bird had gotten > ahold > > of a pill. I'd call your vet and let them know what type of > > medication it is; if it's something safe to use in birds, there > > probably isn't a big worry. And if they're concerned about it, I'd > > rush out there to see if they could get it out or inactivate it. > > > > I'm glad Mr. Bird was fine; don't let him become an addict! This > was > > a good lesson for me, especially because it seems like it happens > > rather often (based on the answer my vet gave without hesitation). > > > > ~Diana > > > > Linda wrote: > > > I had been sick for 19 days- too long to be ill, and I usually put > any > > > and all medications I have in a pill box and into a drawer away > from > > > prying eyes and curious little beasts, kids, and what have you. I > > > guess I was so ill that I forgot and left one medication- one pill > on > > > top of my dresser and I just happened to walk past my dresser with > Mr. > > > Bird on my shoulder. Apparently he grabbed something off my > dresser
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