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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I have a male Gouldian finch who has started Star

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Hello,
I have a male Gouldian finch who has started Star Gazing/head twirling and I have been told that a course of Trimethoprim/Sulfa powder disolved in drinking water cures the problem.
Wher can I purchase this please
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. Please note that such behavior indicates encephalopathy (brain disorder) and encephalopathies can have many different etiologies - inherited such as idiopathic epilepsy, toxicities, nutritional imbalances, and infections (bacterial, viral, fungal), e.g. Trimethoprim/sulfa might be of value (when addressing a bacterial encephalitis) dosed directly into a bird's mouth but would have questionable efficacy when placed in its water. You can google "trimethoprim/sulfa" and find many sites that will sell you powder to dissolve in water but I don't recommend treating birds in that manner if for the only reason that an ill bird won't drink enough to medicate itself properly. The proper form of this antibiotic for birds is a prescription solution of it available through an avian vet such as you can find here: the parrotsocietyuk.org/veterinaryadvice/avian-vets

In the UK, you're likely to run into an additional problem: New rules have prohibited any over the counter antibiotics for birds. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.