Drug Type: Hormone, Peptide

Oxytocin


Oxytocin, also known as pitocin or syntocinon, is a synthetically-produced hormone used to treat egg-bound female poultry.

Caution: Oxytocin should not be used in female poultry if an egg is adhered to the oviduct, if the uterus is ruptured, or if the passage of the egg is blocked.

Form: The drug comes available as an injectable solution (20 units/ml) for IM, IV or SC administration.

Typical Dosage: 0.01-0.1 mL, once.
  • The drug can cause severe water intoxication due to its antidiuretic effect, leading to convulsions and death.
  • If given in high doses, or the bird is very sensitive to the drug, administering it can cause uterine hypertonicity, spasm, tetanic contraction, or rupture of the uterus.