Can I put Neosproin on my Zebra Finch?

by Tracy
(Spokane WA)

We have had our finch for a couple of months and have finally been able to have close enough contact to see he has a sore under his feathers on his chest. The other birds in the cage when we got him had some problems so we think he may have come to us with this. Can we use neosporin to help it heal or is there a special bird salve to get? When he tucks his head into his chest to sleep it interferes with the scab so we don't want to do anything that will make this worse for him. Thanks in advance for your time.

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Jan 28, 2011
Can I put Neosproin on my Zebra Finch?
by: Linda

No, you cannot use any over the counter antibiotics with birds, and the finches are so small just a little bit can do a lot of damage.

Your bird needs to be taken to an Avian Vet in your driving area to have this sore looked at and to be tested for infection which may also be present depending upon how he received the injury.

The only safe thing you can use with birds that is not prescribed by an Avian Vet is Betadine to cover a small wound to keep dirt out of it. Never use this product orally and never use on a large wound or tumor/abscess looking place. If this one has scabbed over, do not put anything on it and get bird to an Avian Vet for an examination. All new birds have to be seen by Avian Vet within the first week as most all of them already have infections from being put together in a store or coming from a breeder. If the pet store or breeder does not give you a health certificate indicating a recent visit to Avian Vet at time of purchase, you can almost be guaranteed your bird is already sick. Please take this one to the avian vet as soon as you can, and if you bought the two at the same time, take them both because infections are highly contageous. Also keep an eye on cagemate because Zebra finches are noted for pecking at each other and these two may have to be separated until his wound fully heals.


Jan 27, 2011
Do not use Neosporin on birds
by: The Avian Vet

Neosporin is not appropriate for treating birds. This ointment is greasy and will be spread throughout all the feathers and cause your bird to become cold. It also does not work against many avian bacteria.

Finally, Neosporin has been known to cause allergic-like reactions in some birds. If left untreated or continued to be treated incorrectly it will certainly get worse. Your bird needs to be seen by an avian vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Dr B

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