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Bit by dog - what do I do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 2dogs1cat, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. 2dogs1cat

    2dogs1cat Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I foster dogs for a rescue group. Brought one home today and didn't realize the gate separateing the side and back yard was open. The hens were roaming in back and the dog went after them. One got nabbed by the rump and has a puncture wound on the top of her tail area. No blood loss. She let me handle her so I rinsed it with peroxide and have put her in a cage by herself. She would not drink from a bowl so I dripped water on her beak with a syringe and she took it.

    What do I do now? Does a wound need stitches or will it heal? Does she need medication?

    My other hens are flighty now and I keep chasing them back into the yard. If these keeps up I'm get my XXL crate and putting them all in there.

    FYI - 15 weeks old approx. now.
  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    It'll heal on it's own, keep neosporin on it. She may be a little quiet today from the stress, but she should perk up tomorrow.
  3. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Songster

    Jun 11, 2010
    [​IMG] [​IMG] (that's the chicken when she recovers dancing in the dog's face [​IMG] )
  4. 2dogs1cat

    2dogs1cat Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Thanks [​IMG] I have neosporin and can put that on. The medical officer for our group is seeing if I should do anything else. She's wants to be out with the other hens and it calling quite loudly but I want it to heal a bit before the dirt and dust can get in there.

    This has not been my week at all, I hate to think what next *lol*
  5. 2dogs1cat

    2dogs1cat Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Had to just chuckle to myself...the bird in my avatar is the one that got bit *sigh*
  6. jjthinkagain

    jjthinkagain Chirping

    May 26, 2010
    Use regular neosporin and not the kind with pain relief added.

    If you have or can get Rescue Remedy, a drop or two in her water each day for the next couple of days may provide a calming effect to help mitigate for the wretched stress of it all (RR is safe and will come in handy umpteen times in the future = health food stores will have, Whole Foods, many places now). Treats are also in order [​IMG] to take her mind off the stress as the stress is her worst enemy right now (that, and shock if she's shocky).
  7. Bedste

    Bedste Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    my two dogs were caught "playing with" a hen and when I found them they both had her on the ground. My hen was on her back playing dead. I chained both dogs up and the hen stayed belly up. I thought she was dead. Turns out she had one puncture wound and one large cut and two small ones. It looked like it could have been rough playing but regardless I am never letting the dogs free range with the girls again.

    I rinsed off the cuts and covered them in Rooster Booster and left her in Quaranteen for 24 hours. Rooster Booster has a numbing agent in it and something that also helps them heal.

    She is fine now...... they heal fast
  8. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing 11 Years

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Did everything work out okay? [​IMG]

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