Chlorhexidine for minor bumblefoot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Fletch83, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. Fletch83

    Fletch83 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2013
    I'm just posting this because it has helped me in the past and I thought people looking for a non-surgical bumblefoot cure might benefit from it like I did. Disclaimer, I am not a vet, I would only recommend this for mild cases of bumblefoot that is caught early on, and of course your mileage may vary!

    I have an EE hen who is a bumblefoot frequent flier, every spring without fail especially if we've had a lot of rain. The first time she got it, I also had to take her to the vet for another nonrelated issue. As I was at the vet anyway, I asked for help with the bumblefoot. She provided a chlorhexidine solution and recommended diluting it with water for daily foot soaks. I will add that this vet has her own large flock of chickens, so she recommended this also based on what has worked for her. I only needed a small splash of the chlorhexidine, mixed with water, and soaked my hen's feet in it daily for about 10 minutes at a time. I did this for a week straight, gave it a break for a few days, then did it for another week. After the soaks, I sprayed the foot with blu-kote (which doesn't do much on its own but I had some handy). This has honestly worked for me every time without fail. Chlorhexidine is easily absorbed, and kills bacteria and fungus. The vet had provided some to me as a prescription, but you can find it easily through online pet pharmacies or supply stores, it's a blue solution.

    Hopefully this will help someone else! Again, I would mainly recommend this for minor cases that are caught early enough. But it's been a lifesaver for me as I have never had to do the bumblefoot surgery.
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