Dog Attack -- Need Medical Advice!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Preservation Acres, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    My favorite Australorp was attacked by a neighbor's dog today. She disappeared, but showed up about 2 hours ago.

    She had a 5 inch tear in her skin which I stitched myself using a regular needle and thread. It's all I had on hand at the time, and she was bleeding badly, so I had to act fast.

    I covered the stitched area as well as her other cuts a with a heavy dose of Neosporin. I washed the internal area the best I could before I sewed her up. There was a small section of muscle about the size of a dime missing from her leg when I stitched her up.

    She seems to be doing well considering everything. She's eating and drinking. I have her inside in her own pen, and I'm watching her closely.

    My main concern at this point is internal infection. Any advice???

    My wife just went to TSC to look for an oral antibiotic, but they had none.

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  2. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Can someone help me please?
  3. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2009
  4. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN

    You're a great Tennessee Neighbor!
  5. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

    Sep 18, 2009
    SF East Bay CA
    Is there anyone around you, a farm, feed store, another byc that has some Tylan 50. it's an antiobiotic, very easy to administer into the breast and will help with infection. We are currently using it on a few of our girls that have a respiratory thing.
  6. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    You need Penicillin for an animal bite, wound. Your feed store should have some, in the refrigerator.

    Threehorses has the best wound care article. I think you have been referred to it on the above post.
  7. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009

    you are doing well.

    I am sorry to hear about the dog trouble.

    Hope she heals well.
  8. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Just a couple of additional points:
    A bit of electrolytes for shock - here on BYC it is often said that gatorade or pedialtye will do in a pinch.
    A drop of Rescue Remedy in her water changed at least daily may help with the stress.
    Shock and stress are her worst enemies initially.
    As you are likely doing, keep her somewhere calm and warm and very comfortable (soft bedding) so she doesn't have to use any extra energy.
    Once the pain sets in, and it likely will, you may find that she doesn't eat or drink well. It is important to keep her hydrated so try whatever works - cut up berries, melon, whatever. And higher protein, e.g. egg.
    Pain relief may go a long way toward her healing. You can't give aspirin while she's actively bleeding or if internal injuries are suspected but when things calm down, and if she seems depressed and doesn't have an interest in food/drink, you can crush 1 baby aspirin (no substitutes unless confirmed okay for chickens) per cup of water, fresh batch at least daily.
    I hope she will be alright.
    For her sake and the sake of all the birds maimed and killed by dogs 'owned' by irresponsible people, please report the attack and
    serve the person will all bills representing all costs associated with her treatment. It seems the only way the collective consciousness may learn. There was a time that I didn't do this (luckily no deaths but large vet bills and round the clock care and thus time off work - I lost the person's phone number in all the chaos - they were walking by with their dog off leash) - I regret not being able to follow through because they may not have learned from the experience and likewise, other dog owners they know may not have learned either. I have had other neighbors whose dogs have attacked (I stand right over my birds when they're out so I was able to prevent death) and now I do follow through with animal control and with bills because my birds deserve the greatest possible chance that the dogs will be kept from returning. Unfortunately for my birds, they don't get to explore much, because even with these efforts I can't rely on people acting responsibly.
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  9. Overeasyplz

    Overeasyplz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    Pennicillin is my antibiotic of choice!
  10. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2009
    I had three chicks attacked by my own dog. One died and the other two were in shock - one worse than the other. The shock was bad. I fed them gruel on a spoon, gatorade and water and kept them warm. One chick was better in a couple of days and the other took about a week - she was weak and couldn't walk kept falling over. -
    They are full grown and fully healthy now. I learned that chickens are tough little suckers. Dot layed her first egg today! Lutzie was a little delayed and is smaller now but she is quick and bright.

    You are on the right track. Keep them from getting dehydrated and a little warm mash can't be bad or warm oatmeal with some plump raisons in a dark quiet warm place.

    I'll keep your chickee in prayer!

    That can't hurt either!

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