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AviPro 111 PMV-1

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AviPro 111 PMV-1

This treatment applies to the following species:
Manufacturer: L.A.H.I.

Directions For Use




INTRODUCTION: Avian paramyxovirus - type 1 (called PMV-1) was first diagnosed in the U.S. in early 1984. By 1985, it was widespread throughout the Northeast and had been diagnosed in many other areas. The pathogenicity of the disease varies greatly but in many cases heavy losses have been reported. Shows and races bring together large numbers of pigeons from different locations which provide an ideal opportunity for the virus to be spread from bird to bird. The infected birds are then returned to their lofts to infect their pen mates. There is no cure. Prevention through vaccination is the only way to control this disease.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS: The most outstanding symptoms of PMV-1 are incoordination, twisted necks and paralyzed limbs. Less specific symptoms include decreased feed intake, increased water consumption, loss of weight and watery droppings. In the most advanced stages, the birds may be found lying on their sides with complete paralysis.

THE VACCINE: Avian paramyxovirus vaccine, type 1, killed virus is a sterile product and contains no live organisms, which can infect your pigeons or cause disease. Paramyxovirus immunity develops through the slow release of dead virus from the oil emulsion vaccine.

CARE OF VACCINE: This vaccine should be stored in the refrigerator but not frozen. It should not be injected when cold. Remove the vaccine from the refrigerator and allow to warm to room temperature 21 to 27°C (70°F to 80°F) before use. This will make the vaccine easier to inject and will greatly reduce the shock of injection. Shake well before using.

VACCINATION SCHEDULE: Young birds should be vaccinated at 4 weeks of age or older. A second vaccination should be given 4-8 weeks after the first. Old birds, not previously vaccinated, should be given 2 vaccinations 4-8 weeks apart. A single booster vaccination should be given annually. A suggested simple program is:

1. Vaccinate all young birds about 4 weeks prior to the start of the young bird racing season (or the show season).

2. Vaccinate all birds in the loft (both young and old) about 2 weeks before the breeding season.

This program will eliminate the vaccination of lost or culled homers and culled breeders.

VACCINE DOSE: Inject 0.5 ml (1/2 ml) subcutaneously in the lower neck. For small breed inject only 0.25 ml (1/4 ml). A 1.5 cm (1/2 inch), 20 gauge needle is recommended.

INJECTION INSTRUCTIONS: Have a partner hold the bird in a manner which allows you easy access to the neck area. Spray the lower portion of the neck with rubbing alcohol until the feathers are wet (a spray bottle or plant mister works well for this purpose). Grasp the skin in the midportion of the neck, pinch it between the thumb and forefinger, and lift it upward to form a “pocket” beneath the skin. A full crop may increase the difficulty of grasping a good fold of skin. Move the wet feathers out of the way so that the skin is visible. Carefully insert the needle through the skin in the middle of the neck. Do not inject through the skin on the side of the neck because there are large numbers of blood vessels found in this area which could be damaged by the needle. A slight resistance should be felt as the needle first penetrates the skin followed by the needle easily sliding through the skin into the pocket. If this difference in resistance is not felt, the end of the needle may be inside the skin. If the vaccine is injected into the skin you will see the white vaccine inside the skin. This may develop into a hard lump or scab, which will eventually disappear. Special care must be taken vaccinating pigeons with tight neck skin (such as the Maltese) to avoid injecting the vaccine into the muscles of the neck as this may cause muscle damage. Some fanciers prefer to vaccinate with the syringe pointed toward the body (Fig. 1) while others prefer to point the syringe toward the head (Fig. 2). We suggest you try both ways and use the method you feel most comfortable with. The important thing is to inject the vaccine into the pocket under the skin and not into the skin or the muscle of the neck (Fig. 3). A dose of 1/2 ml. (0.5 ml) must be injected after the needle is inserted into the bird. This is equivalent to one squeeze of the Jecta-Matic syringe or the distance between the larger markings of the 2.5 ml disposable syringes (5 of the smallest markings). After injecting the vaccine, slide the needle out of the bird at the same angle as it was injected. If inexperienced, it is suggested that you practice on your least valuable birds first. Take special care to avoid injecting yourself. Cover the needle when not in use. The needle should be wiped with an alcohol swab after injecting each bird.


Extreme caution should be used when injecting any oil emulsion vaccine to avoid injecting your finger or hand. Accidental injection can be serious. If an accident occurs, immediate medical attention is recommended, preferably from a doctor with experience in hand injuries or call Lohmann Animal Health International (tel. 207-873-3989).

AviPro 111 PMV-1 Caution

Store not over 45°F (7°C). Do not freeze. Use entire contents of bottle when first opened. Keep permanent vaccination records including serial number. Do not vaccinate within 42 days of slaughter.

This vaccine has been carefully manufactured and has passed all tests for purity and potency according to the requirements of the Company and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Manufactured in the USA by: LOHMANN ANIMAL HEALTH INTERNATIONAL, Winslow, Maine 04901 U.S.A.

U.S. Vet. Lic. No. 196



100 doses - 50 ml


NAC No.: 10081161

Domestic Order Desk:   207-873-3989
International Order Desk:   207-873-3989, 800-639-1581
Fax:   207-873-4975
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the AviPro 111 PMV-1 information published above. However, it remains the responsibility of the readers to familiarize themselves with the product information contained on the US product label or package insert.

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