Activated charcoal is used as a gastrointestinal absorbent for acute poisoning cases. Examples of types of toxins activated may be beneficial to help absorb from within the bird's gastrointestinal tract include:
- Inorganic arsenic
- Chemotherapeutic agents
Generally, activated charcoal is not very effective in absorbing petroleum distillates, corrosive agents and most heavy metals.
Available as an oral suspension 10.4% (104 mg/ml), or as granules 47.5% (475 mg/g).
As granules: 1-4 g/kg PO once or q6-8h x 3-5 Tx; As a suspension: 6-12 ml/kg PO once or q6-8h x 3-5 Tx