The Michigan Department of Health considers a blood lead level of 4.5 micrograms (ug/DL) or higher to be dangerous in a child.
When we first tested our bald eagle from Otsego County, he was at 104 micrograms.
For the past month, he has been treated with a multi-faceted regimen involving two types of chelation treatments, vitamins, fluids, and anti-inflammatory medication — because, in addition to having lead poisoning, he also had extensive soft tissue trauma on his right wing due to a collision.
We saw a vast improvement after his first round of treatment, and we are now awaiting the results from his most recent blood draw. He is currently in an outdoor enclosure because of his progress.