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Last Post 29-03-2013 9:44 AM by  Nina
How to use a nebuliser - preliminary guide
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28-03-2013 5:07 PM

    Again, tonight, people are out on the roads trying to get to a bird who has gone down with breathing difficulties. If you have birds at home, then PLEASE get a nebuliser. It can mean the difference of life and death for your birds. Please bear in mind that you always need to call your ACO if your bird is showing signs of respiratory distress, there is a big difference between an allergic reaction to serious illness.

    Here is a preliminary guide on how to use a nebuliser, copied from Sheila Downes. Hopefully we will get a "proper" page from Sharon Hill that you can download from the website soon. 

    F10SC (NOTE SC, NOT DX! The SC is clear and does not smell as strong. The DX is slightly green to the color and smells strongly of detergent)

    The dilution you want is 1 part F10SC to 250 parts water. Ie, 1ml of F10 to 250ml of water. You can use normal tap water for this. Here is a link to where you can get F10: http://scarlettsparrotessentials.co.uk/f10sc_disinfectant

    http://www.allpetz.co.uk/f10-super-concentrate-disinfectant---100ml-1415-p.asp

    A few different nebulisers has been suggested, they are all readily available on amazon.co.uk or ebay. If possible, I personally would recommend one that is compatible to a car battery so you can use it while driving as well. 

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    HOW TO USE THE NEBULISER

    Get your travel cage up and ready and put the bird in there. (Put food and water in as well as soon as you can) Cover the cage on three sides (leave the door side open) with towels or similar, to keep the mist in. Attatch or hold nebuliser end to cage door and turn on. Only fill the nebuliser to max amount in cup or it bubbles up , goes white and leaks, better to put less in and keep topping up... watch bird at all times to see if breathing is improving... with allergic reaction this can take a while (especially in big Macaws) if bird is sick, fluffed up, making noise when breathing... then straight to vet!

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    29-03-2013 1:04 AM
    We have got a guide produced with the help of Sharon H, but it is currently being checked over before being published. It's frustrating waiting before I can make it available in documents, but it's so important with this type of advice to make absolutely sure it's correct.
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    29-03-2013 2:56 AM
    Don't know about using F10SC in nebuliser I use the F10 Antiseptic Solution in mine as that was what vets gave me to start with.
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    29-03-2013 4:22 AM
    Sheila did check my post Chris, as I would not want to post anything incorrect in such an important matter. Im sure Sharons guide will be checked soon, we need it!

    off topic: How are you doing Chris, feeling much better I hope??
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    29-03-2013 9:04 AM
    In hospital but hope to escape this afternoon
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    29-03-2013 9:44 AM
    Oh, sorry to hear Hope it's not too serious and that you can come home and enjoy easter very soon. x


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