Brand Names:
Pitocin, Syntocinon

Drug Type: Hormone, Peptide

Oxytocin (Pitocin, Syntocinon)

Oxytocin (Pitocin, Syntocinon) is a drug used to induce uterine contractions, which makes it sometimes beneficial for use in certain causes of birds with egg binding.

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