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Hello, thank you for contacting us at Just Answer. I am a licensed veterinarian and will do my best to answer your questions and hep Tinker. Has Tinker been seen by your vet to prescribe the ivermectin? Did the vet diagnose the scaly leg mites?
Ok. Do you know his exact weight? Do you have a picture of the bottle you can post here? I'll try to run some calculations to make sure this is not a toxic side effect.
Thanks for the image of the product. While ivermectin is prescribed to treat mites in birds, some species, such as canaries, can be very sensitive. This might be an appropriate dose for him based on his weight, but he may need antibiotics now for a secondary infection. It is not possible to tell just from a photo, and a hands-on exam would be needed to determine if antibiotics are warranted. If he is still eating, drinking, and acting normal, you are not likely in a toxic range.
Tinker is adorable! He looks pretty alert, so I would say you are doing a great job taking care of him!
That isn't a bad idea. How long have you been treating him and how many doses has he had?
He should be free from mites after the three doses, so it is a little worrisome that his legs are red and he is holding one up on occasion. It could mean that he still has mites, which you would need your vet to look at and prescribe the correct dose for you. But it could also be an infection and pain, which your vet can prescribe antibiotics and pain medications. I'm afraid you can't actually tell the difference without an exam.
If you are able to speak to your avian vet today, they may still be able to see you, but if not I'm sure they can get you in right away.
Good luck with Tinker. I have a deep love for small birds, especially canaries, and yours looks particularly cute in the photo. Please let me know if you have further questions. Have a great day.
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