As an aid in treating chronic respiratory disease (CDR) in
racing and show pigeons. Also use for colds, sneezing, pneumonia, roup, and
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.
ALWAYS USE VetRx WARM.
Open cap. Put bottle in small pan of water. Heat at medium temperature.
Always test temperature of product before applying internally or
Prepare Solution — Into One-half cup of very warm water.
Mix one-teaspoon of VetRx Pigeon Remedy. Use this solution for the following
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
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
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.
GENERAL PRECAUTIONS — PREVENTING SICKNESS
While you are treating birds you will want to follow the usual
precautions. This is essential because respiratory problems are very
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.