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Gout? How do you treat it?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SweetJoy7, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. SweetJoy7

    SweetJoy7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! We have a hen named Mello. Here feet have been swollen for about 6 months and we thought she had bumblefoot. We soaked her feet and tried many things including doing surgery twice. Her feet did not get better. Now I think she might have gout. I don't think she has a scab. How do you treat Gout? Thank you!
     
  2. dawg53

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    Here's a link for you regarding gout; causes, prevention, and treatment:
    http://en.engormix.com/MA-poultry-i.../avian-gout-causes-treatment-t1246/165-p0.htm
     
  3. SweetJoy7

    SweetJoy7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do we know for sure she has gout? Is there any other possible disease she might have?
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Could you post a picture or two of the feet and legs? I'm unsure of how to tell for sure if it is gout without performing a necropsy on a dead chicken--you may need to check with a vet about that. Have you noticed swelling of the joints in the feet and legs, especially in the hocks or elbows? Swollen feet can be a sign of mycoplasma synoviae, gout, or bacterial or viral arthritis. Another condition called osteopetrosis or marble leg disease, can cause swelling of the legs, and is related to avian leukosis which is similar to Mareks disease, but doesn't cause paralysis. Here are some links to read:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/99/mycoplasma-synoviae-infection-ms-infectious-synovitis
    http://www.canadianpoultry.ca/cms_pdfs/AviaTech_Staph.pdf
    http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/pou...infectious_skeletal_disorders_in_poultry.html
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/232/gout

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    mycoplasma synoviae articular gout
     
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  5. dawg53

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    Mycoplasma Synoviae (MS) is a respiratory disease in which infected birds also have other symptoms. See Eggcessive's link above.
     
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  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Here is another link to add about bacterial arthritis:



    Arthritis


    Dublin examined a number of broiler chickens from a flock with a history of lameness. Post mortem examination revealed swollen feet (Figure 4) and hocks. Staphylococcus aureus was isolated from brown serous exudates collected from swollen feet joints (proximal metatarsus), flexor tendons and swollen hock (tarsal) joints indicating a diagnosis of staphylococcal arthritis and tenosynovitis. Limerick examined an eight-week-old broiler from a backyard flock with a history of poor locomotion and diarrhoea. Gross examination revealed septic arthritis of the elbow (radio-ulnar) joint while Staphylococcus aureus was isolated from the affected joint and the liver.
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    Figure 4: Swollen foot in a broiler chicken with staphylococcal arthritis and tenosynovitis. Photo: William Byrne
     
  7. SweetJoy7

    SweetJoy7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! Here is a picture of Mello's feet.[​IMG]
     
  8. artsyrobin

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    how is mello doing?
     
  9. SweetJoy7

    SweetJoy7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mello passed away last year. Thank you!!!
     

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