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POULTRY: DRUG USE IN LAYING HENS AND BIRDS INTENDED FOR MEAT

DRUG USE IN LAYING HENS AND POULTRY RAISED FOR MEAT

Even if you buy them over-the-counter, almost all drugs, including antibiotics and dewormers, are not approved for use in laying hens or birds that will be eaten. If a drug is approved for use in these birds it will specifically say so on the label, along with a stated withdrawal time - the amount of time to wait after finishing the medication until the eggs or bird can be eaten.

As a result, use of almost any drug that we prescribe for your bird will be off-label use; that is, the drug is not approved for use in your bird by the FDA.

At YVC we attempt to make as much use of non-pharmaceutical treatments as possible. We can often do a lot of good with adjustments to husbandry and nutrition, and occasionally surgery and other medical procedures are helpful. However, many of our patients have little chance of getting better without drug therapy. 

We are aware of the many safety and legal concerns associated with off-label drug use, and we do not take them lightly. We only prescribe an off-label drug if we believe the potential risks are substantially outweighed by the potential benefits. 

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