Bonnie B. would like to know:
First I want to thank you for your very informative emails.
They are always filled with great information.
My question is what are your thoughts on Lupron and what effects of long term use.
I have a 30 yo female Umbrella Cockatoo that we’ve had for 11 years.
She laid an egg once or twice a year and then in 2015 after laying an egg she prolapsed on a Sunday.
Luckily we were able to get her into UC Davis.
Since then she has prolapsed 4 additional times, the last time was this past Thanksgiving.
This past May we took her in for her first Lupron injection and it appears we may have to take her in for another soon.
Her vet is Dr. Brian Speer (you may know of him) and he is excellent but I do want to hear from others on Lupron.
Any information or your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Bonnie
Your kind words are most appreciated.
They give us strength and direction.
We think Lupron is a poison and should not be used on birds nor humans.
It has permanently damaged the lives of over 10,000 young women.
It was developed as a growth hormone for prepubescent girls.
Its veterinary use is totally off-script and zero research (let alone long term) has ever been offered publicly on the effects or side effects of the drug.
For a more granular representation of our thoughts on why Lupron is bad for birds, please read my post on the subject:
Our solution is “light therapy” which is explained in detail, here:
The process involves keeping a bird under consistent light for 72 – 168 hours, locked in a cage for the entire period.
The overabundance of light resets the bird’s circadian rhythm thus shutting down another egg-laying cycle.
We follow up with lighting no higher than 6 inches over the cage on a timer providing 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness while disrespecting daylight savings time for the rest of the bird’s life.
Here are just 2 of our cages with lighting all on a single timer.
Double birdcage Swag Lighting Install Project ~ video
I wanted a look to blend with the room
I don’t know Dr. Speers personally but most veterinarian’s reactions are something similar to “you really shouldn’t listen to that Internet voodoo on Facebook.”
When he finishes explaining why this could never work I would advocate that he call Greg Harrison the veterinarian that founded Harrison’s bird food, who taught us the technique a decade ago.
I can also direct him to a respected avian research Institute and a veterinary college that has been working with this avian therapeutic tool for many, many years.
The 900-pound gorilla in the room for veterinarians is the loss of revenue.
I’ve heard of Lupron shots ranging from $40 to $120 per injection.
Let me know I can be of further assistance.