Hen nearly drown! Aspiration Pneumonia?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dez, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. Dez

    Dez Chirping

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    Our silkie hen fell into the pond yesterday evening and very nearly drown! I don't know how long she was in the water. When I saw her she was weakly struggling to keep her head above water!!!
    I was able to fish her out but her head did submerge a few times during the rescue effort.

    She cold and wet and had rattled breathing so I think she inhaled a bit of water

    She spent last night inside on a heating pad and seems to be back to her usual self this morning.... but her breathing still is a bit weezy...although not as bad as it was last night

    I am worried about her developing aspiration pneumonia and want to get ahead of it before it gets worse.

    I have Duramycin 10 powder
    Tylan 200 injectable
    Tylan 50 (expired)

    I'd like to use the duramycin 10 because it seems less harsh and easy to administer than the tylan but i don't know if it would be effective preventing aspiration pneumonia??

    At the moment she seems perfectly fine.. eating,drinking and scratching around but I do hear a slight rattle to her breathing.

    She is currently quarantined
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    Go with your gut on this. There is a real risk of pneumonia from inhaling water. There could have been bacteria in the water, and that could add to the danger of infection. Any broad spectrum antibiotic should work.
     
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