bumblefoot: whats the most effective treatment?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by thedoors5to1, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. thedoors5to1

    thedoors5to1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so my grey runner has the starting stages of what i am sure to be bumblefoot. he has three different spots of it on three different bending joints on his toes. they are slightly inflammed bumps with black slits in the middle of them. i've started three times daily, soaking his feet in epson salt for 20 minutes, then hydrogen peroxide for 10 minutes or so. and then applying triple antibiotic ointment on them. the first time i wrapped his feet as best i could and sent him on his way back to do duck things. but the other ducks were fascinated by the white on his feet and within an hour of running around and ducks picking at his bandages, they were off or about to fall off. so i am currently not bandaging them after treatment, i have eliminated all sources of swimming water so he cannot get them too wet again, for a bit and have applied hay to all mucky muddy areas of the run so he can avoid further infection....
    my question is, ive heard of using both pen-g and baytril as treatments for bumblefoot infection, im leaning towards pen-g injections.. but im looking for opinions... either is an option for me.
    so should i call in to my vet for a perscription of baytril? or should i pick up some pen-g and give him daily injections?
    im kind of against the use of putting liquid baytril into thier food or water source, as i dont want my female ducks to get antibiotics in thier systems and thier eggs. thanks

    he is not in the stages of where a plug needs to be removed from the cyst......
     
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  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I have never had any luck with injectible antibiotics in treating bumblefoot, so I never use them anymore; I just treat them by cutting out the plug and packing with neosporin and bandaging. Don't know about ducks, really, if there is a better med for them than for chickens. I wouldn't soak in peroxide anymore, just the salt water. Peroxide will kill new tissue.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Quote:Agreed with the exception that I have found very dilute peroxide oxygenates the tissue and promotes new tissue growth. Salt water for cleansing is a must before rinsing, patting dry and placing neosporin and wrapping with gauze and tape. My 15 year old became "an expert" with a couple of our hens....
     
  4. thedoors5to1

    thedoors5to1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well i guess i will continue to soak and apply neosporin, but pipers "spots" arent exactly big enough or to the point of where the plug can be removed... but thankyou for the information. i will continue the treatment, any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
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