Dog Attack! Pain meds?

WunnySharbit

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A dog attacked one of my lt brahmas this morning. Peckie's (yes, that's her name) alive (for now) but in pain. She's shocky, but alert and eating, and she pecked at me when I tried to get a closer look at her wounds. I'm just keeping her isolated, warm, and calm for now with free-feeding mush and fresh water. I figure I'll know more in a couple of days......

I've seen several posts regarding aspirin as the best pain med. I'm concerned that, as a blood thinner, it might make any internal bleeding worse and prevent clotting. Anyone else's thoughts?
 

Izzychicky

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Can you post a picture of her wound? Have you cleaned it with anything yet? If you haven’t I would clean it out with saline to remove bacteria and spray with veterycin if you have access to it. since she is alert that is good. Has she eaten any of her food? If she hasn’t try mixing in yogurt or smashed boiled egg.
 

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A dog attacked one of my lt brahmas this morning. Peckie's (yes, that's her name) alive (for now) but in pain. She's shocky, but alert and eating, and she pecked at me when I tried to get a closer look at her wounds. I'm just keeping her isolated, warm, and calm for now with free-feeding mush and fresh water. I figure I'll know more in a couple of days......

I've seen several posts regarding aspirin as the best pain med. I'm concerned that, as a blood thinner, it might make any internal bleeding worse and prevent clotting. Anyone else's thoughts?
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I'm sorry to hear about your hen.

Can you post some photos of her injuries?

If you haven't done so, flush all the wounds with saline, betadine or warm soapy water. Trim away any feathers that may get into the wounds as they heal and apply a triple antibiotic ointment to the wounds.

Keeping her isolated and warm is fine. If she is drinking and eating that is good.
As for pain, sometimes that's a good thing, that restricts mobility while you heal.

If you feel that she has internal injuries, I would not use aspirin at this time, just evaluate her as you go. If you have vet care, then they can prescribe you pain medication if you feel that you absolutely need it.
I would be more concerned about wounds getting infected, so keep watch on those. If the damage is severe, then antibiotics would be a good idea.

Look forward to your photos and more information.
 

WunnySharbit

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I can't get any pics. 1. the lacerations are under her wing. She struggles and I don't want to stress her. 2. the external injuries *seem* minor-a 1" and a 2" laceration where it grabbed her side and breast and several featherless areas. She also may have some nerve damage in her opposite leg/thigh. She can't put weight on it and the toes curl up like she can't straighten them. I straightened them each time I checked on her, and they seem to be better this eve. Not wanting to have her struggle this AM, I just cleaned away the feathers and squirted antibiotic ointment in the cuts. At that time they looked pretty superficial. I brought her inside and covered the cage so she would rest in the darkness.

She ate this AM-about 1/4-1/3 c mostly egg crumbles mixed with some BOSS, corn, and beef scraps. She was drinking a lot when I checked on her a few minutes ago-yay! but wasn't really interested in eating. I think maybe she has a sore throat-she's developing bruising on her beak and face. Poor Peckie-I treated her a few weeks ago after a raccoon grabbed her out of her tree and ate her toe! (Raccoon won't be doing that again :mad: !)

Since she's alert and drinking, I think I'll let her be, and I'll get some rest. Thanx for the replies!
 

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Since she's alert and drinking, I think I'll let her be, and I'll get some rest. Thanx for the replies!
You've got the right ideas going on.
The fact that she's eating and drinking is a great sign, bird in serious shock won't do that.
Hopefully all she ingests comes out the other end OK.
Just keep an eye on the wounds for infection.
Internal injuries from 'crushing' may be in play here.
Best of cLuck!
 

Wyorp Rock

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I can't get any pics. 1. the lacerations are under her wing. She struggles and I don't want to stress her. 2. the external injuries *seem* minor-a 1" and a 2" laceration where it grabbed her side and breast and several featherless areas. She also may have some nerve damage in her opposite leg/thigh. She can't put weight on it and the toes curl up like she can't straighten them. I straightened them each time I checked on her, and they seem to be better this eve. Not wanting to have her struggle this AM, I just cleaned away the feathers and squirted antibiotic ointment in the cuts. At that time they looked pretty superficial. I brought her inside and covered the cage so she would rest in the darkness.

She ate this AM-about 1/4-1/3 c mostly egg crumbles mixed with some BOSS, corn, and beef scraps. She was drinking a lot when I checked on her a few minutes ago-yay! but wasn't really interested in eating. I think maybe she has a sore throat-she's developing bruising on her beak and face. Poor Peckie-I treated her a few weeks ago after a raccoon grabbed her out of her tree and ate her toe! (Raccoon won't be doing that again :mad: !)

Since she's alert and drinking, I think I'll let her be, and I'll get some rest. Thanx for the replies!
Eating/drinking is good!
Time will tell if she has any nerve damage, it can take a while for them to get straightened out
I would just watch the wounds for signs of infection and continue doing what you're doing already.
I hope she recovers soon, please keep us posted.
 

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