Using Cipro on birds

by Bo

My 10 year old quaker is infested with some sort of parasite that makes her cry when they are biting her. I know how it hurts, because I have the same infestation (I think she got them from me, I got them from a goodwill mattress). I have been fighting them for 3 years, and so far been unable to eradicate them. This morning I have been diagnosed as having an infection caused by klebsiella pneumonia bacteria, and have been prescribed to treat it with cipro. I have ordered some cleanse from your store to clean our areas (she flies loose in the house). If cipro is effective on me, can it be safely used on quakers? Or do you have any other suggestions for treating her ? Actually, I am aware that this bacteria infection may or may not be the cause of my problems that I think of as being parasite biting, at this point I am clutching at straws trying to find a safe treatment for both of us.

If you have any ideas on how to treat the bird I would appreciate receiving them. Vet administrated ivermectin didn't so the job.

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Apr 13, 2012
Using Cipro on birds
by: Linda

Never, ever use any human medication on or in birds or dogs and cats for that matter. Birds have to be examined and diagnosed as to what kind of parasite this is by an Avian Vet ONLY. The Ivermectin is very dangerous for birds, so I cannot understand WHY that would have been prescribed. Ivermectin is for internal parasites, not external ones.

You also need to go back to doctor with this. This sounds a whole lot like Scabies which is very hard to get rid of, and everytime they bite, it is like sticking a pin into the skin.

Scabies look like little tiny red dots, and they infest every single square inch of a person's body including all hair including head hair, eyebrows, eyelashes and pubic hair.

My family had this infestation many years ago when we had foster children in our home. They brought Scabies from living in other than clean conditions for a long time. We had to use a lotion that was put ALL OVER, even inside the front part of ears and every other spot on the body. Your bird will need something made for birds for this. This can be diagnosed by your doctor taking a skin scraping from one of the red spots or an irritated area. The same with the bird.

Scabies are hard to get rid of, and as far as I know, they do not live in clothing and bedding. Lice DO live in clothing and bedding, and birds can get mites and lice from humans. Both of you need to be properly diagnosed, and do not give your bird anymore meds until Avian Vet has actually diagnosed what this is. It hurts birds to do the shotgun kind of medicine where vet gives everything except the kitchen sink rather than do a full set of tests to determine an accurate diagnosis. If you are seeing an Avian Vet, go to another one. If you are seeing a dog and cat vet, know that they will most likely kill your bird because they know NOTHING about treating birds and are not even licensed to do so.

So, go to your doctor and get a proper diagnosis. Take your bird to a competent Avian Vet and have him correctly diagnosed. Use NO human meds or home remedies on your bird because you don't even know what you have much less what your bird has. Whatever this is will kill your bird by draining it dry of blood, so get busy finding out what this is.


Apr 13, 2012
Do NOT use cipro on birds
by: The Avian Vet

Do not treat your bird with any medications until you have had him examined by a avian veterinarian. If there are parasites, then they will be seen on exam and identified. This will help determine the proper treatment. If it is a bacterial infection then the correct antibiotics will be chosen. Cipro has been used in birds and is effective in some infections. However, there is an antibiotics that is generally used instead in birds called enrofloxacin. It is a relative of ciprofloxacin.

Are the bugs in the mattress bed bugs? You should have a professional exterminator examined your property to see if that is the problem. Bed bugs have been know to bite animals too.

Klebsiella pneumonia is not associated with parasite bites and may be another problem that is happen at the same time. Your bird is susceptible to Klebsiella but may or may not be infected. You will need to have blood work and cultures done on him to determine if there is an infection.

Do not treat until this is done. Do not use over the counter antibiotics, antibiotics prescribed for you, nor those prescribed for other pets. Go see an avian veterinarian immediately and a doctor for yourself if you have not already.

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Dr B

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