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Pigeon Remedy

As an aid in treating chronic respiratory disease (CDR) in racing and show pigeons. Also use for colds, sneezing, pneumonia, roup, and throat canker.

One of the most common and difficult to control diseases among pigeons is CRD, Chronic Respiratory Disease (Infectious Coryza). Often associated with CRD are colds, pneumonia, and roup. In fact, birds will often contract a cold first, and if not treated quickly, can develop otehr diseases. Immediate treatment with VetRx Pigeon Remedy can often eliminate colds and other problems which may follow.

First signs are usually sneezing and rattly cough, often accompanied by mucous discharge. This discharge normally precedes the discoloration of the ceres, a fleshy structure at the base of the upper beak. Tissue around the eyes and cheeks appear slightly inflamed and swollen.

Soon, there is diminishing appetite and thirst. Because breathing becomes difficult, afflicted birds will hesitate to fly. If they do fly, they may drop gasping, breathing with the mouth open wide.

Sometimes the windpipe and bronchial tubes are affected. Then you will hear a rasping sound with each breath. This can be heard more easily at night when birds roost.

Open cap. Put bottle in small pan of water. Heat at medium temperature. Always test temperature of product before applying internally or externally.

Prepare Solution — Into One-half cup of very warm water. Mix one-teaspoon of VetRx Pigeon Remedy. Use this solution for the following treatments.

Nostrils and Throat — Using a medicine dropper, treat both nostrils with two drops in each. Continue this treatment twice daily for 7 days. During this 7 day treatment you may also put one drop down the birds throat each time you treat nostrils. This willl help keep throat passages clean.

Eye Pack — If eyes are badly swollen, make a pack about one-inch square from hospital cotton. Dip pack into solution and place over infected eye. Then, with another piece of cotton, gently drip warm solution over eye pack. Continue for about five minutes each day for several days, until you note improvement.

Under Wings — Put a drop of VetRx full strength (warm) from bottle under wings of each bird you are treating. When bird puts its head under either wing while resting, the vapors will help relieve cold symptoms.

Canker Removal — If you see a small canker in the throat, treat throat with warm drops, full strength from bottle, for 4 or 5 days. Then, immediately following fourth or fifth treatment, while throat is oily from VetRx, you may take a fine hair pin and slowly scrape canker off.

Vaporizer — If you decide to use a vaporizer, make certain it is a hot water model, Follow the manufacturer's directions. Fill cup with VetRx and operate vaporizer for at least one hour while birds are roosting, no more than twice weekly.

While you are treating birds you will want to follow the usual precautions. This is essential because respiratory problems are very contagious.

Isolate infected birds as soon as possible.

Clean out all lofts in which sick birds have roosted. Keep birds as clean and dry as possible, and free from drafts.

A big problem is the fact that recovered birds can be carriers of disease. Once respiratory problems have infected a loft, watch carefully for signs of a fresh outbreak among new crop of young birds.

If you bird is losing weight and not eating or drinking, hand feeding is recommended. Some breeders soak a small piece of bread in milk and place down the bird's throat. This provides both food and liquid. Do this regularly to keep up body weight during stress periods.

Once disease is under control, 6 drops of VetRx per gallon in clean drinking water can be effective. If globules rise to the top of water, this is oil congealing. Birds will often pick at globules. This oil is pure and edible, and contains some of the medication.

Watch for evidences of disease in birds coming home from racees or shows. Diseases are often contracted in baskets.

Many pigeon fanciers spray VetRx solution routinely in the lofts and place a few drops in litter every time they change it. Other owners, as a preventive measure, routinely treat nostrils and throats, and place VetRx under the wings of birds returning from races or shows. They do the same for young birds, or any birds even suspected of catching colds.

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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