MEDICINES & Disease Control

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  • Vetafarm trusted product
  • For the treatment of Scaly Face Mite  for Budgerigars


Avimec is a topical ‘drop on’ liquid for the treatment of Scaly Face Mite (Knemidokoptes pilae) in budgerigars.
Avimec is for external use only and is safe to use in conjunction with food additives and supplements and with other oral medications.

Dosage and administration: Birds less than 30g body weight apply 1 drop, Birds between 30-100g body weights apply 2 drops. Repeat application weekly for three doses. Place drops on an unfeathered area of skin. 
Treat all birds in the aviary. Full recovery may take up to 6 weeks
Active Constituents: 1000µg/mL Ivermectin

SIZE: 50mL

Budgerigars, and many other bird species, can be struck by the burrowing mite (Knemidokoptes ssp.), more commonly known as Scaly Face Mite. In budgies, mostly the head is affected (especially the beak, the cere, and the eyelids). Also the legs and feet can be affected and in really severe cases the area around the bird's vent will show signs of infestation.
There appear to be two species of Knemidocoptes – one on the face, and one on the legs – but for all practical purposes we consider them as one (Scaly Mite) and treat the same.
The Latin name for the so-called scaly mite group is Knemidokoptes (also spelt as Cnemidocoptes).
Scaly Face is a term used for an infestation of burrowing or scaly face mites (Knemidokoptes pilae). Scaly Leg or tassle foot is often due to Knemidocoptes mutans (Scaly Leg Mite). Both Scaly Face and Scaly Leg mites are invisible to the naked eye.
Knemidokoptes pilae will affect not only the legs but also the beak, the eyes and the area around the vent. In budgerigars, Knemidokoptes pilae affects chiefly the beak. In most cases, an infestation originates there and spreads to the legs and the area around the vent later on. 
If an infestation of Knemidokoptes has occurred, the bird affected will experience severe itching if the mites are not limited to the upper mandible. In the initial stage, an infestation with burrowing mites is hardly visible and hardly affects the general condition of the diseased bird. There are initially crusty plaques in the corners of the beak and on the beak itself. 
In the early stages, they have the appearance of a bright white deposit that becomes thicker and crustier over time. The upper mandible becomes increasingly “coral like” since the burrowing mites dig subtle tunnels (paths). In the skin around the eyes, on the legs or around the vent is also affected, this is accompanied by strong itching. The bird appears restless and is scratching itself perpetually.
If the infestation progresses untreated, serious complications usually occur that are not only extremely painful for the affected bird but often result in its death!
Burrowing mites are transmitted mainly in the nest box during feeding; i.e. during direct body contact from parents unto the chicks. A transmission between adult birds has also been observed, although this rarely happens. Thus special attention should be paid in pairs of birds and flocks if an infection with burrowing mites has occurred! A couple of years can pass between the time of infection and the appearance of first symptoms. In most cases, however, a mite infestation in a budgie occurs between its 6th and 12th month of life; thus often shortly after the bird has been bought. 
There are some individuals who are more susceptible to the mite than others… often infestations will follow family lines. There may be some genetic predisposition among birds.
There are many so called “treatments” available for Scaly Mite treatment. These range from Paraffin Oil and Petroleum Jelly to strong disinfectants. Mostly these treatments are designed to suffocate the mite or kill on contact. Older treatments are messy, inconsistent and fiddly to apply. Technology has now caught up with this disease and Avimec, containing Ivermectin, is now available to treat Knemidocoptes.
Using a simple “drop on” formula the liquid is applied to the bird’s skin once weekly for three weeks. Depending on the severity of the disease, cure will take from 3 – 8 weeks as the bird’s body repairs the areas of damage.
In breeding facilities, Budgerigars should be treated yearly to control the mite. Even birds that appear unaffected should be treated as they often can carry the mite – ready to spread them on to their young.

Please note: Since burrowing mites only live on the body, it is not necessary to treat the cage with an anti-mite-spray. These agents are usually highly toxic and harm the birds! Burrowing mites are harmless for humans; there is no risk of an infectio



Vetafarm WORMOUT GEL 250ml

  • Water slouble bird wormer for caged and aviary birds.

Not to be used on birds intended for human consumption

This item will be ordered for you....due to short dating of stock

  • Dosage instructions :Cage & aviary birds - 2ml to 160 ml of water for 2 days.
  •                               : Pigeons ( not meat birds ) 2ml to 320ml water for 2 days.
  • Suggested frequency of treatment  is four times a year



Vetafarm Calcivet

250 ml $25

1 ltr $66

Liquid calcium and Vitamin D3 supplement for addition to water, soft foods or for direct administration in times of emergencies

Key features: Supports breeding birds and their young with essential calcium. Contains Vitamin D3 to maximise calcium absorption in the gut. Supports shell formation and the normal development of bones in young birds. Regular use in all seed eating birds will ensure adequate calcium for strong bones, muscle formation and general well being. Can also be used as an emergency oral calcium supplement for egg bound or critically deficient birds.

Recommended for: All birds on seed diets, particularly during the breeding season.

Can use with: Calcivet will greatly enhance available calcium in the birds diet; additional vitamins and mineral supplements are recommended for birds on seed diets.

Water: Add 5mL per 250mL of drinking water. Supply as a sole source of drinking water, replace daily.
Seed: Pour 5mL over 1 cup soaked seed.
Direct dose: 0.2mL per 100g body weight.

Active Constituents: Calcium Ions 33 mg/mL, Vitamin D3 25 IU/mL

Probotic 90 g

Soluble Proboticfor dogs, cats, caged birs and poultry chicks.

Probotic is a concentrated water-soluble blend of live microbes which benefit the host animal by improving the intestenal balance. Everyday use of Probotic helps maintain a balanced digestive system, thus optimising digestion of feed and enhancing the animal's health.

A concentrated water-soluble blend of 7 live microbes for use in drinking water or addition to food. Aids in the establishment of gastrointestinal micro flora in hand reared baby birds, day old chicks, puppies and kittens and other physiologically immature animals. Re-establishes natural gut flora after infections, diarrhoea, stress and the use of antibiotics.
Key features: Re-establishes natural gut flora after infections, diarrhoea, stress and the use of antibiotics. Can be mixed in water, food or used with other brands of hand rearing products to enhance gut flora of babies. Strong natural gut flora will increase an animal’s resistance against infectious organisms in the digestive system and improve the ability to digest food.
Recommended for: Baby birds being reared on a formula not produced by Vetafarm, birds recovering from illness or birds that have recently been treated with antibiotics.
Also suitable For: Dogs, Cats and Poultry Chicks
Can be used with: Probotic can be given in water or mixed in food. Probotic should not be mixed with any other product when administered in water.
Aviary birds 1g/L drinking water
Poultry 5g/L drinking water
Dr Tony’s Tip: Do not use Probotic while administering a course of antibiotics. However after a course of antibiotics, Probotic is ideal and will help restore healthy gut flora.
Active Ingredients: Contains a blend of 7 species of live (freeze dried) microbes that help improve the intestinal balance and wellbeing of animals. 180 Million CFU/g as Lactobacillus acidophilus; L. delbrueckii subspecies bulgaricus; L. plantarum; L.Rhamnosus; Bifidobacterium bifidum; Enterococcus faecium; Streptococcus salivarius subspecies thermophilus.
Pack Size:  90g


Coccivet 250ml

  • For the treatment of coccidiosis in pigeons and ornamental birds

Not for use in food producing birds.


250ml $45.00

Coccidiosis treatment for Ornamental Birds and Pigeons.
Liquid Coccidiosis treatment for use in water. Coccivet has much better activity against parasites than Sulphur treatments. Completely safe and very effective. Mixes easily in water.
Coccidiosis is a common disease of finches, canaries, budgies and pigeons. The parasite is passed from one bird to another via dropping contamination of food or water. Lethargy, diarrhoea; weight loss and sudden death are all signs of infection with coccidia. Young birds are most susceptible and the disease may present in many ways. Diagnosis is made by a veterinarian using examination of fresh droppings Coccidiosis is always worse during warm wet conditions. Regular removal of the droppings also helps to reduce the spread of the organism
Key features: Coccidiosis treatment with much better activity against parasites than Sulphur treatments. Completely safe and very effective. Mixes easily in water.
Recommended for: Treatment of Coccidiosis in pigeons and ornamental birds.
Can Be Used With: Coccivet should not be mixed with other products.

Directions: Mix 1 drop (0.05mL) in 30mL (1 fl oz) of water or mix 15mL of Coccivet in 10L of water and treat all birds continuously for 5 - 7 days. Remove all other sources of drinking water during treatment.
Repeat treatment as required.
Active Constituents: Amprolium 80 g/L, Ethopabate 5.1 g/L




Oral Antibiotic for ornamental Birds

Broad Spectrum Antibiotic for ornamental birdsAristopet Oral Antibiotic for Ornamental Birds 50 grams. New, replaces Aristopet Avicycline Tetracycline! Is a broad spectrum antibiotic is designed for the treatment of bacteria enteritis and diseases caused by tetracycline sensitive organisms in birds. Active Constituent : 200g / kg Tetracycline Hydrochloride equivelant to 184.8 g / kg of tetracycline. Directions for Use : Not for use in food producing birds. Seek veterinary advice if psittacosis (chlamydia psittaci) infection is suspected or if birds do not respond to treatment within 5 days. Medicate the drinking water at the rate of 5g (1 measure) per 1 litre of water.  Freshly prepared medicated drinking water should be made available every 24 hours and should be the only source of drinking water during treatment. Treatment should be continued for 3 to 5 days, or until after the symptoms have disappeared. 100 ml of prepared solution will treat 20 small birds (canaries, finches, budgies,) or 4 large birds (parrots, cockatoos). Remove calcium supplement (cuttlefish, grit, nibbling blocks etc) for the duration of treatment as they reduce tetracycline absorbtion. Always read and follow this item's bottle before use.






Aristopet Avicycline Oral Antibiotic

Aristopet Avicycline Oral Antibiotic broad spectrum antibiotic is designed for the treatment of bacteria enteritis and diseases caused by tetracyycline sensitive organisms in ornamental caged birds. Active Constituent 200g/kg Tetracycline Hydrochloride (equivalent to 184.8g/kg of Tetracycline) Features Broad spectrum oral antibiotic for ornamental caged birds Treats bacterial enteritis and diseases caused by tetracycline sensitive organisms in ornamental caged birds Not for use in food producing birds Directions Medicate drinking water at the rate of 5g (1 measure) per litre of water Prepare drinking water daily Treatment should continue for 3 to 5 days or until symptoms have disappeared 100mL of solution will treat 20 small birds



Worming Syrup for Ornamental Birds

Poultry Wormer Aristopet

125ml Bottle

Nil withholding for eggs.



Dosage is at 8 ml to 100ml of water  for every 3 kg bird ative ingredient : levamisole

For the treatment of worms in food producing birds


Spark Liquid 250ml