Pigeon Vaccination Article
THE PIGEON PHARMACY
There have been a lot of queries
about vaccination this week so we will try to cover as many of them as
Q. Why can’t we
use live vaccine like they do in
A. Live vaccine is not approved
for pigeons anywhere in the EU including
Q. Why not ?
A. Because it
only works for a few weeks compared with a year for the two approved
“killed” vaccines Colombovac pmv and Nobilis (Nobivac)
Q. Why are the
Belgians allowed to vaccinate just once for life and we have to give a
“booster” dose every year ?
A. This is a
myth. The Belgians and French for their part often believe that the
Q. Why do the
instructions say that birds should not be vaccinated until they are
three weeks old ?
A. Because under three weeks they still have enough immunity from their parents to stop the vaccine “taking”
Q. I would like to buy a vaccination gun but they are expensive and I would need a new one if I changed brands of vaccine.
A. Check out the new auto-jector gun which is suitable for either make of vaccine
Q. Is it really worth the extra expense of vaccinating against Pigeon Pox as I have never had it in my loft. ?
A. Birds from infected lofts can
carry and spread the disease without showing signs of infection. Virus
can spread directly from bird to bird or via baskets, drinkers or
feeders. Many flyers think the 10p per bird is worthwhile insurance
against a ruined season- but the choice is yours
Q. Why can’t you send PMV
A. A historical
oversight by the authorities. At one time PMV vaccine was only available
on prescription in
Ewes: For active immunisation of healthy ewes in flocks with recurring mastitis problems, to reduce the incidence of sub-clinical mastitis (reduction of udder lesions, somatic cell count and S. aureus count) caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Female Goats: For active immunisation of healthy female goats in herds with recurring mastitis problems, to reduce the incidence of sub-clinical mastitis caused by Staphylococcus aureus and/or Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci; when clinical mastitis caused by Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci* however occurs, the severity of clinical signs (udder and milk aspect) is reduced. (*Determination of the CNS species has not been performed).
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