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Hi, this is Dr. Jeanne Smith. I'll do my best to help you with home care suggestions and advice for the best course of action. You can use a small amount of a Neosporin ointment or cream as long as it is one without a pain additive. Most of the pain additives in creams are steroids which are immunosuppressive and can be toxic in small birds like cockatiels. You can also use raw honey. It's a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. If you have some or can get some (it's prescription) you can use 1% SSD cream, used for burns in people. I'll be right back with more information.
You can give your cockatiel Children's Liquid Motrin or Ibuprofen for pain. Give 2 drops orally every 12 hours for a few days. Or you can crush 1/2 of a 200 mg tablet of ibuprofen and mix it with 8 ounces of water for his drinking water. Clean his perches off really well to help prevent an infection.
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I saw the photos, thank you. My advice stays the same. It looks like a minor abrasion.
I've been using that dose of ibuprofen in birds for probably 20 years. It's also included in the bird section of Carpenter's "Exotic Animal Formulary". It is safe.
You're welcome. I hope he's feeling better quickly.