Ornicure™ 260 mg Doxycycline Powder for Oral Solution
Racing pigeons and cage birds.
Indications for use
Use for the treatment of:
- Infections of the respiratory tract
- Ornithosis and psittacosis
- Ocular infections caused by Chlamydia psittaci or Mycoplasma in pigeons and cage birds.
Special warnings for each target species
Special precautions for use in animals
Administer the Ornicure solution fresh daily. Use deionised or distilled water to prepare the Ornicure solution. Treated birds should not be allowed to drink from other sources during treatment.
In order to avoid poor absorption, water free from mineral salts and ferrous material should be used, and no mineral salts, citric acid, dairy or ferrous products should be administered together with Ornicure.
Any medicated water which is not consumed within 24 hours should be discarded.
Also see Interactions.
Special precautions for the person administering the veterinary medicinal product to animals
Do not handle this product if you are allergic to tetracyclines. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Gloves should be worn whilst handling this product. If contact with skin or eyes occurs, wash area immediately with plenty of fresh water. If irritation persists or accidental ingestion occurs seek medical advice.
When handling the product, inhalation of the dust must be avoided by wearing a disposable half-mask respirator conforming to European Standard EN149 (FFP2) or a non-disposable respirator to European Standard EN140 with a filter to EN143. Wash hands after use.
Use during pregnancy and lactation
Ornicure is not for use during the breeding period, unless indicated by a veterinarian.
Simultaneous administration of grit or other calcium sources can influence the oral absorption of doxycycline. Also aluminium, iron and magnesium salts can lower the oral bioavailability of doxycycline.
The simultaneous administration of bactericidal antibiotics, such as penicillin and cefalosporins, with doxycycline should be avoided.
Gastrointestinal side effects can occur at high dosages of doxycycline, but are not frequent.
Doxycycline is incompatible with alkaline substances. The stability of doxycycline decreases with increasing pH.
The antimicrobial activity in vitro is reduced by 50% in the presence of riboflavine.
Amounts to be administered and administration route
The dosage of doxycycline hyclate in birds is 15 mg/kg body weight daily. Dissolve 1 sachet in 2 litres of deionised or distilled water for pigeons and cage birds. For birds with low daily water intake, such as parakeets, 1 sachet of Ornicure has to be dissolved in 0.5 litres of deionised or distilled water.
The intake of medicated water depends on the clinical condition of the animal. In order to obtain the correct dosage, the concentration of tetracycline has to be adjusted accordingly.
An Ornicure treatment normally lasts 5 days. In case of severe infections, the treatment should be prolonged. During the racing season, Ornicure can be used prophylactically during 2 consecutive days out of 7 weekly.
Doxycycline has a good margin of safety.
Not to be used in pigeons and cage birds intended for human consumption.