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Stuff for making Tylosin capsules

These are size 00 capsules, each to hold 1/8 teaspoon

Originally posted Wednesday, 28 October 2009; 19:46:54

Stuff to make Tylosin capsules

[grc20590cdop-ty31.jpg] Stuff to make Tylosin capsules

Tylosin is terribly bitter and stinky

So my vet, Dr. Amanda, and Tech Nancy, both warned me. They said, do NOT put Tylosin on Kwali's food. Instead, put it in capsules, and don't let her bite into the capsules!

Okay; I knew how to get powder into capsules, but, then, I ALSO didn't want to get it all over my hands, nor risk spilling any if I could possibly help it.

I made a new capsule-holder, though it wasn't really any better than the first, but at least I could distinguish between the Biosponge and Tylosin capsule-holders, which might avoid some possible contamination.

I had already tried using the Monoject 412 syringe with Biosponge, but the Biosponge only plugged up the syringe. I noticed, though, that Tylosin is far more dense than Biosponge - instead of flying around, it runs, like a very fine sand - or salt.

Maybe I could use the Monoject feeding syringe for Tylosin, then.

So I tried it. Wow; it worked! I did have to tap the syringe a bit, and tilt it, and tap again, to get the full 1/8 teaspoon dose into the capsule from the syringe. But it wasn't all that difficult.

However, in time, the vial and syringe got coated some

At first, the Tylosin flowed well from the curly portion of the syringe, but as time went by, the sandy stuff perhaps picked up a bit of dampness from the air, and the flow was no longer easy. So, after some days, I cut off the curly feeding end, making sure the end I left would still fit inside the capsule bottom.

George took these photos before I had cut the end off. Rather than ask him (and me) to do them over, I merely put a red mark in the pictures to show where I cut off the syringe tip.

I need you to imagine the syringe tip, then, cut off at the red mark, and inserted appropriately into the capsule-bottom. The procedure works really well, and I don't have to tap so much any more.

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Photos on this page are Copyright (C) 2009 by George Rauh. Used with permission. Edited for the web by Carol Whitney.

Thanks to pharmacist Ron Kumar, for describing to me the "Powder-Push" method I'm using for the Biosponge "FlyAway" powder.

Thanks to Tech Nancy at Saseenos Veterinary Services, for suggesting the Monoject 412 syringe to get the powder into the gel-caps. This didn't work for Biosponge, but it worked really well for the Tylosin.

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