I have not used the Pluck No More Product, and am a great proponent of
Aloe Vera juice. That being said, I do believe that the questioning and
somewhat uninformed, deserve to at least know that there are those that
do endorse this product and seemingly have had good results.
What is also interesting is that "Bord Certified Avian Veterinarians,"
which is the cornerstone of core beliefs and mantra for many Birdmart
advisor's, might find their testimonials somewhat convincing. In
addition, they even provide their phone numbers, web sites and veterinary
This product is also FDA registered which is more than can be said for
most products that we use on our birds.
All of the supposedly "harmful" herbs being used in this product are in a
beneficial amount/ratio that can have a positive effect rather than
negative on the bird.
To make this somewhat easier to understand, I'll use a dog for example.
Arsenic is both toxic and lethal, but when a dog contracts heart worm,
the treatment of choice is arsenic. It is used in controlled amounts and
is administered in a manner that kills or eradicates the heart worm, but
doesn't destroy the host which is the dog.
So too can many of these toxic herbs prove beneficial rather than
detrimental to the plucking bird.
As in everything, we all have the ability and right to choose what we
consider appropriate for use on any animal entrusted to our care. But we
should also consider that there are products that have potential to
possibly help some animals, even though we might find the ingredients
unorthodox or harmful, due to ignorance and hearsay.
Certainly there is always the possibility that there will be isolated
cases where an animal has had a negative reaction to a drug or adverse
reaction, but this is also true in humans. It's know as
hypersensitivity, but that doesn't mean that a product shouldn't be used
or tried because of an isolated case.
Make wise and educated choices, but do it when you have factual
information rather than hearsay and hypothesis.
Hear what Sam Vaughn, DVM Avian Diplomate ABVP,
Board Certified Avian Veterinarian has to say!!
203 Moser Road
Louisville, KY 40223
www.vetcity.com Sam Vaughn, DVM
Avian Diplomate ABVP
Kurt Oliver, DVM
Karen Lazas, DVM
May 31, 2005
RE: Safety and Efficacy of Pluck No More
I was at first skeptical about your product, especially its safety.
Therefore, as I always do, I decided to try your product on my own birds,
and a few special clients' birds.
I warned these clients that this was probably another "snake oil" that
would do nothing for their birds plucking but it seemed safe enough as
per the label's contents. After all we bird vets have been stumped by
feather picking for 40 years, so we would never want to admit that a
layperson provided a cure that we could not. I am of the reverse
philosophy. Anybody give me anything that is safe to help these birds and
I will rejoice in using it!
I am attaching a Complete Blood Count, Chemistry Panel, and Serum
Electrophoresis of an African Grey who was nearly bald in January of
2005. The bird was wearing an E-collar and had not responded to any of
our conventional treatments for chronic feather picking. He was living a
miserable existence as most collared birds do in my opinion.
We started Mufasa on Pluck No More on January 25, 2005. The collar came
off within two weeks.
The only abnormality is a low protein which is really normal because I
had the owner hold this bird off of food before my visit. He was without
food for over 8 hours, thus his blood protein should be expected to be
While I have no photos of Mufasa, he is nearly totally feathered after
four months on your product.
I will be forwarding you photos of my own featherpicker, Stevie, an
Umbrella Cockatoo, four weeks on your product and she now has tail
feathers for the first time in four years!
Her bloodwork is pending also, hopefully these normal biochemistries of
birds on your product will quiet the naysayers on the internet bird
boards who say your product is dangerous. Pluck No More has not harmed my
bird, or Mufasa the African Grey and I have proven that scientifically.
Update - 6/1/05
Complete Blood Count and Biochemistry Analysis of my own Cockatoo Stevie.
She has been on Pluck No More since 4/2/05 - All labs normal and first
normal tail feathers in 2-3 years.
Samuel B. Vaughn, DVM, Avian Diplomate, ABVP, Veterinary Associates-
Stonefield, Louisville, KY. www.vetcity.com 05/31/05
Hear what Greg Burkett, DVM Avian Diplomate ABVP,
Board Certified Avian Veterinarian has to say!!
"As a practicing specialist in avian medicine, I see many cases of
feather damaging behavior, which can be a difficult syndrome to diagnose
and treat. Pluck-No-More has given relief to this problem for many of my
clients and patients. I am impressed with the performance of Pluck-No-
More. It has successfully stopped feather damaging behavior in several of
my patients. If your bird is a feather plucker, chewer or otherwise
destroys its feathers, you owe it to your bird and yourself to try Pluck-
No-More. This product is not a replacement for proper veterinary care."
Greg Burkett DVM, Avian Diplomate ABVP, Board Certified Avian
Veterinarian, Durham, NC. www.birdieboutique.com 06/07/05