Just put 6 stitches in my chicken!! Need advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tink, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. tink

    tink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just put stiches in one of our chickens. Is there an antibiotic that I could give her....maybe something to put in her water that I can get at TSC?
    Thanks
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  2. dlhunicorn

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    What type of injury?
    the standard is usually amoxcillin :

    http://www.worldwidewounds.com/2003/august/Cousquer/Avian-Wound-Assessment.html
    excerpt summary on TREATMENT measures:
    First aid
    Traumatised birds often have multiple injuries and may be further compromised by dehydration, malnutrition and other problems, especially if there has been a delay (hours or days) between injury and presentation [1]. Fluid and nutritional therapy and treatment for shock are critical in the early management of all traumatised birds. Overzealous wound and fracture treatment before stabilisation of the bird may prove fatal [1]. Some first aid of the wound, however, will inevitably be required.

    Wound first aid will usually be performed at the time of the initial or subsequent clinical examination. It need not be high tech but should fulfil a number of basic objectives:

    Cleaning - The wound should be cleaned quickly to remove as much contamination as possible. A more thorough cleaning should await veterinary examination of the wound. This is usually performed under general anaesthetic to help minimise stress . Sterile isotonic saline (0.9%) or a solution of 0.05% chlorhexidine may be used. Care should be taken not to wet the bird excessively as this is likely to increase the risks of hypothermia.

    Haemostasis - veterinary attention should be requested if there is excessive bleeding. Bleeding from most small wounds will stop following the application of a wound dressing.

    Protection from dehydration - the use of a hydrogel (e.g. Intrasite) will help protect a wound. This can be covered by a vapour permeable film dressing (e.g. Opsite) to provide further protection.

    Immobilisation - certain wounds may benefit from immobilisation or splinting. A figure of eight dressing can be used to immobilise the lower wing, for example, or the limb can be strapped to the body.

    Analgesia and antibiotics - broad spectrum antibiotics can be provided in the first instance: clavulanic acid potentiated amoxycillin (150mg/kg orally or subcutaneously) will provide cover against most aerobes and anaerobes. Analgesia can be provided with NSAIDs (e.g. carprofen (Rimadyl)) 5mg/kg subcutaneously or intravenously. Local anaesthetics should not be used in birds due to the suggested sensitivity of birds to drugs of the procaine group "."

    (In veterinary medicine, a combination of amoxicillin + clavulanic acid (amoxi-clav) was designed in 1980 to overcome resistance to amoxycillin-mediated by ß-lactamases, produced by bacteria of relevant veterinary interest; among these, in particular Staphylococcus species....amoxcillin is available online from pigeon suppliers but I do not believe it is the amoxi-clav)
     
  3. tink

    tink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was a big gash under her wing probably from our rooster. It looked real clean, not maggots, just wide open. So I cleaned it out and put a bunch of antobiotic ointment in it and sewed it up. Just wondered if there was something else I could give her that was easy to do. I am leaving town tomorrow for 10 days and my inlaws are taking care of the place. So I need something simple for them to give her.
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  4. tink

    tink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am bumping this...I'll slap my own hand....ouch
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  5. tink

    tink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, she seems to be okay. I sewed her up with a needle and thread, put neosporin on her and found some antibiotic to put in her water. Thanks for all the info and help......
    Tink
     

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