Bumblefoot

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Luna has had Bumblefoot for nearly two months now, we removed the Bumblefoot when we first noticed it and we gave her 1 ml of baytril morning and evening for a week.
The swelling went down but two weeks ago it swelled up again even worse than before.
We tried to do surgery again but we couldn’t find any cheesy stuff in it this time. We got more baytril from the vets last week but the swelling hasn’t gone down at all.
So we went to the vets again today and they prescribed us with Kariflox.
We are to give her 0.3ml once daily for 5 days.
The vet didn’t want to do surgery.
Will an antibiotic get rid of the Bumblefoot? Or does it have to be removed?
I’ve also been soaking her foot with warm water and epsom salts for 10 mins once every day.

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goldysgirl

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I am certainly no expert. Did the vet diagnose it as bumblefoot? Did you tell them you opened it up and didn't find a plug of infectious material? If there is no collection of infectious material, the vet probably thinks the antibiotic will kick it. I would follow the vet's instructions. They can probably treat it more aggresively if it doesn't clear up. I would let the Dr. know if it isn't working or gets worse and I would take a look at your coop/enclosure to see what is causing the problem. If you don't address the cause, I think it tends to recur. I had a guinea with bumblefoot once and it was from pacing a muddy fence line all day. I think he wanted to go across to check out my chickens!
 
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5 days doesn’t seem like a lot. Did the vet ask you to come back after 5 days to see if that antibiotic was working?

They said It’s the strongest antibiotic that they can give to her.

I am certainly no expert. Did the vet diagnose it as bumblefoot? Did you tell them you opened it up and didn't find a plug of infectious material? If there is no collection of infectious material, the vet probably thinks the antibiotic will kick it. I would follow the vet's instructions. They can probably treat it more aggresively if it doesn't clear up. I would let the Dr. know if it isn't working or gets worse and I would take a look at your coop/enclosure to see what is causing the problem. If you don't address the cause, I think it tends to recur. I had a guinea with bumblefoot once and it was from pacing a muddy fence line all day. I think he wanted to go across to check out my chickens!

Yes! we brought her with us to the vets for the first visit.
 

Longacre-Ladies

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Bumblefoot or pododermatitis is a staph infection of the foot. There are soooooo many reasons a bird can get this and if it's not open or causing them pain, it can be left alone. Weight management, steroids, antibiotics..
What we have done in the past for bumblefoot (if it's open) is to clean it well, apply a small amount of raw, unfiltered manuka honey, gauze and wrap with vet wrap. Repeat in 3 days. If it's closed and swollen, Preparation H and a wrap can help.
 

chkncrazy

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This is so sad and looks painful.... I wonder how it happens I've had all things happened with my girls I've kept chickens for over 20 years and luckily have never came across a case of bumblefoot... But I have had many anomalies lol...goodluck
 
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Update.
We were able to pull the scab off the top of her foot between her toes this evening after soaking her foot in warm Epsom salts, only a tiny bit of cheesy puss came out..
one of her toes has gone black. I don’t know if it’s from the bumblefoot or putting a bandage on too tight. :hmm

She has also had an impacted crop for two weeks now. It’s slowly going away though.
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