Antibiotic dosage for gosling?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cara, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    Can anyone point me in the right direction, i'm looking for the correct dosages for penicillin for a three week old gosling. She has a nasty wound above her hock (or whatever it's called on a goose! elbow? knee?). I've flushed it with peroxide a couple of times a day and blue sprayed it, but I just can't bare to take any chances and lose her. She's eating and drinking fine, and walking on it with a little limp.
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Ooops, this was in the predator section so I moved it to Emergencies.
    I'll ask Terrie if she knows the answer on the dosage.

  3. CUDA

    CUDA Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    I'm no goose but for stuff like that, I just put some Terramycin in the water to help with secondary infections with chickens.
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I wouldn't use antibiotics unless you know there is infection.
    Just keep the wound clean and dry. Maybe a dab of neosporin cream if it is in a place the gosling can't get to it.
    You don't need peroxide. It kills healthy flesh and you don't want to risk that with such a small baby.
    Can you post a pic?

    I had a duckling try to follow me out of the pen and impaled himself on a wire I didn't know was there. I just kept it clean and he was fine. I was a wreck, however.....
  5. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    I could take a pic but it wouldn't show much, as the blue spray is covering the area. The wound is 1 - 2" around the thigh, just above where her skin meets her feathers. It is about 1/4-1/2" wide, and about the same deep. There was what appeared to be dead flesh either side, but it did not smell. Perhaps the down matted onto the skin made it look dead, but I am pretty sure it was. It felt hard to the touch.

    She is eating and drinking fine, and seems to feel good. She limps a litte, but is walking on it. She does have a hard time scratching at the side of her bill with that foot (is there a preening gland there?). I'll stop the peroxide, although she can reach and nibbles at the wound, mostly to clean it I think. I'm keeping her inside and she is sleeping in a wire-floored cage, so hopefully between that and the blue spray it will stay clean and dry and heal.
  6. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    I hope she is fully recovered soon!

  7. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    Thank you, she's the coolest goose ever. She tries to get under my elbow to sleep like she's under my wing.
  8. ChickadeeLover

    ChickadeeLover In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2008
    I hope be she will be fine! Good Luck!
  9. use Terramycin 1/2 tsp per gallon for matience and 1 tsp per gallon for treatment.

    the dosage for chickens would be double. Since geese drink lots of water the dosage needs to be cut in half.
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Unless the gosling is showing signs of infection it is not good to routinely dose them up on antibiotics. It compromises their little bodies and when they actually need the medication they don't do the job intended. A small cut or scratch can heal fine on its on when kept clean. A dab of neosporin is probably more than enough to protect against an infection.

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