emu foot problems

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by waltersfarm, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. waltersfarm

    waltersfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,

    I don't write much on here as you can tell but I read the comments and discussions almost every day.

    I have a 4 year old emu that I discovered yesterday has an injury of some kind to it's foot. She won't put much weight on it at all and has been laying around a lot. I've been bringing her food and water and she seems to be eating and drinking well. Her foot is very swollen and feels warm to the touch. I looked at the bottom of it thinking there might be a puncture wound or something but saw nothing wrong. I have some antibiotic (duramycin) and was wondering if I might give her a shot of that. I'm sure the injury has something to do with her fighting with the others with it being laying season and all.

    I would appreciate any insight that others might have or maybe a similar experience.

    I tried contacting several vets but none seemed real interested or just refused to check out an emu.

    Thanks
     
  2. Ellamumu

    Ellamumu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my boys whacked the top of his foot on a gate post while running around and it swelled up and was hot. He went right to his nest and let me put one of those gel ice packs wrapped in a hand towel on it, and let me wait on him for 2 days and then the swelling went down and he was fine, try that if yours is as spoiled and tame as mine.
     
  3. waltersfarm

    waltersfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks a lot. I will. He seems to be doing fine otherwise. He gets up and hobbles around every once in a while and is eating and drinking well. I'm hoping it's just a minor issue. He lets me do pretty much what I want as long as he gets some treats in the process.
     
  4. Hi,

    I expect your are right about the fighting if there is no cut then perhaps a sprain. We use emu oil [​IMG]on our birds all the time because of it's effective anti-inflammatory properties. Do you have access to some emu oil?
     
  5. waltersfarm

    waltersfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I can check into it. I checked on her yesterday evening and it seems that the swelling has gone down some. She still seems to be doing well otherwise. Thanks for the input.
     

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