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Caged Bird Remedy

Recommended for Canaries, Parakeets (Budgies), Love birds, Parrots, Cockatiels, Finches and Macaws. For internal and external applications.

Stress conditions can often lead to respiratory ailments in birds. These involve transporting of birds away from their usual setting, extreme changes in weather conditions or house heating, and crowding of birds into a cage that is too small.

Symptoms to look for:   Changes in bird's appearance or posture that indicate signs of stress. Wet, watery eyes, and eyes closing in a sleeping posture. Tail-bobbing. In severe respiratory involvement, tail-bobbing will often be noted while bird is at rest.

Signs of effortful breathing. An unhealthy bird will continue to breathe quickly, not smoothly.

Huddling and ruffling of feathers.

Unusual respiratory sounds, such as hissing or whistling, clicking sounds in the neck and head, or intermittent cough or sneeze, change or loss of voice or song.

Sitting low on perch, and crouching over its feet.

Loss of appetite, often accompanied by increased drinking of water.

Treatment:  Please note: Respiratory conditions in birds are of a complicated nature, and no one product can prove effectivce in all instances.

Make certain cage is clean, warm and dry.

Before use, VetRx should be warmed. To warm, open cap, place bottle in pan of warm water.

Mix one teaspoonful of warm VetRx into one half cup of warm water. (VetRx mixes with warm water, and floats on top of cold water.)

With eye dropper, drip two drops of diluted solution into nostrils. Do this twice daily for four days. If this is difficult to perform, rub two drops full strength under wings instead. Do this twice daily for four days. Body heat of the bird will vaporize VetRx, and bird will inhale beneficial vapors.

Put three drops of this solution down the throat of the bird at night. Continue for four days.

Add two drops (full strength from bottle) into clean drinking water daily for five days.

CAUTION: Avoid contact with eyes. If respiratory conditions persist, it is important that you contact your Veterinarian.

Keeping your bird healthy before sickness strikes is your responsibility. Keep birds away from drafts and excessive cold or heat. Sudden drops in temperature can be a source of danger. All varieties of caged birds have sensitive respiratory systems. What begins as a minor cold or sniffles can evolve into a life threatening condition. Never position the cage close to windows, doors, heating ducts, fans or air conditioners.

Make certain cage is clean and dry at all times, with clean litter on floor. Try to change drinking water often, and keep at a moderate temperature.

Sprinkle a few drops of warm VetRx in the litter every five days.

Mix three drops of warm VetRx in drinking water each time it is changed.

Once each week, rub two to three drops of warm VetRx under bird's wing. Body heat will cause the aromatic oils in VetRx to vaporize into a medicinal vapor that will help keep nasal passages clear.

VetRx does not stain, and will not harm feathers or wings.


Whom do mites attack? Any bird. Canaries, Love birds, and Budgerigars are the most commonly affected. Parakeets, parrots, cockatiels, and finches are also susceptible.

What are they? Microscopic mites (or bugs) that burrow in the skin and feather follicles.

How are they Spread? Birds seem to get the mites from their parents when they are babies in the nests. Contact with infected birds also appear to be a cause.

What are the signs to look for? White, scaly deposits. Most common areas affected are eyelids, beak corners, legs and toes. On parakeets, the disease usually begins on face and feet. Scales are crusty, thick, white or off-white in color. Small holes where the mite has burrowed can be detected. The mite can damage the beak's growth plate and cause a crooked beak that will have to be trimmed so that your bird can eat.

On canaries, the crusty scale often begins on undersurface of the feet, and then spreads to form scabs over the toes. If the condition is severe and unyielding microscopic examination by your Veterinarian can confirm the presence of Scale Mites.

IMPORTANT:   As canaries grow older, there is an increase in the thickness of the scales of the feet. This is normal, and should not be confused with Scaly-Leg disease.

(Scaley-Legs and Feet)
Use VetRx, at room temperature, directly from the bottle. Using a cotton swab, apply to scaly areas. Rub in well with swab or fingers. Do this every day, once daily, for one week. After the fifth or sixth day, scales should come off by themselves or with gentle hand rubbing. Thereafter, apply to bird's feet and legs three times monthly. Avoid soaking the feathers. (Moderate use of VetRx will not harm feathers.)

(Scaly-Face) Apply VetRx, at room tempearture, directly from the bottle. Using a cotton swab apply two times each day to scaly area. Do this for five days, and improvement should be noted. Use sparingly, and apply just a thin film. Keep VetRx out bird's eyes. When eyelids are involved, work carefully and slowly.

In VetRx, the combination of corn oil and strong Essential Oils help penetrate effectively to where the mites burrow into the skin. To discourage the presence of mites, rub perches with warm VetRx (full strength from bottle) two times each month.

For animal use only. Not for human consumption. Use only as directed. Keep this and all medication out of reach of children.

If symptoms persist for more than 48 hours, consult a licensed veterinarian.


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