Dog attack

beggas82

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Hi, I had a dog attack one of my chooks, it ran around with it in its mouth for about 15 seconds then I managed to get him to drop it,

The chicken has no broken bones, a very small puncture about 2mm long, and i noticed a small amount of blood coming from the vent, also it's limping fairly bad on one leg. I was wondering how well chickens heal and if it has a chance? Given the symptoms. It has had a drink and food since :)

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Pork Pie

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They can be pretty resilient to injury. It might be an idea to treat the puncture wound with some kind of antiseptic and keep an eye on the vent bleeding - possibly the latter could be a symptom of internal bleeding? Adding vitamin supplements or electrolytes to their drinking water will help things a little.

Good luck

Ct
 

Wyorp Rock

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They can be pretty resilient to injury. It might be an idea to treat the puncture wound with some kind of antiseptic and keep an eye on the vent bleeding - possibly the latter could be a symptom of internal bleeding? Adding vitamin supplements or electrolytes to their drinking water will help things a little.

Good luck

Ct

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@CTKen has given you some good advice.
Do you have a way to separate her, preferable in a warm, quiet place. The vent bleeding is the most concerning, if it is visible and she is not separated, the other chickens will most likely peck or attack her.
 

beggas82

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Thanks guys, that gives me hope, i had already put in the victim in water but will put antiseptic spray on the puncture. The vent also concerned me most, but it is a very small amount so fingers crossed its not major damage internally, I will separate her and see how she goes.
 

Pork Pie

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Thanks guys, that gives me hope, i had already put in the victim in water but will put antiseptic spray on the puncture. The vent also concerned me most, but it is a very small amount so fingers crossed its not major damage internally, I will separate her and see how she goes.


You are most welcome and the best of luck - let us know how she goes.

Ct
 

centrarchid

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Crushing injury to internal organs very likely, possibly with broken bones. Infection very likely to occur. After dealing with many mammal bites I have learned to step in with antibiotics immediately when birds are high value. Also be careful not to overheat bird.
 

beggas82

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So 10 days later the bird is doing well and lost her limp! I think she is extremely lucky...
 

ryanhodapp

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Very good news. I had one get attacked by a dog this summer. I took her to vet for about 4 stitches and he gave her Antibiodic. She recovered well too
 

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