Activated charcoal, or activated carbon, can be an effective absorbent for toxins. It is given orally in certain incidences, to help prevent toxins from getting absorbed into the bird's body. It may require several doses of treatment if poisoning is severe. Can be used to absorb some ingested toxins from the gastrointestinal tract, such as:
- Inorganic arsenic
- Chemotherapeutic agents
Generally, activated charcoal is not very effective in absorbing petroleum distillates, corrosive agents and most heavy metals.
2-8 g/kg, given orally as needed.
Activated charcoal comes available as a suspension (104 mg/ml activated charcoal and 62.5 mg/ml kaolin), given orally.