Our Buckeye attacked by dog

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  1. powellchicks

    powellchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Our lovely Buckeye named Lavender Brown was attacked by a Burnese Mountain Dog yesterday. I am not blaming the dog but my six year old who let the chickens out after repeatedly being told to not while this dog was visiting us. Needless to say, it was a hard lesson to learn for my daughter. The dog grabbed Lavender and started to run around the yard with her before we were able to catch it and make the dog release Lavender. She started to run away but eventually collapsed. I picked her up and tried to inspect her. I was surprised that there was not much blood. At first I noticed a couple of what I thought were puncture wounds. I phoned our dog vet who referred me to an agricultural vet. They got me to send a few pictures and the vet called me back. He tried to give me advice on the phone but I had asked if he could come out. He said the charge was $50.00. I thought that was reasonable considering if I walked into a vet's office they would charge me that anyway. He warned me that he was not a bird specialist and that in fact he works just with horses. He came out because he too has children who adore their chickens and would do whatever he could to save them if it was within reason. He came out and examined Lavender to find that under her wing, her skin had been torn off a good couple inches on her back. He thought he might be able to repair part of it and said that it would probably be another $50.00. I told him to do it. We set up a surgical room on our back deck and I acted as vet assistant. He was able to sew her back up completely and she was the best patient. She laid still and calm the whole time. We both had to check a couple times if she was still alive, she was so relaxed. 15 or so stitches later, she was put in the bunny hutch to recover. The vet told me that if this had been a horse it would have been $500.00 at least. When I got my cheque book, he said that he decided not to charge me. He just wants to know how she makes out and to phone him. He took it as an educational experience and a great story to tell at Christmas. See, he is designated the turkey stuffer because he sews up the best turkey. Never did he think he would do it on a live chicken. I sent him home with a care package of freshly baked chocolate zucchini loaf, jar of homemade pickled beans and a nice bottle of white wine that ironically goes well with chicken.
    There are definitely good people out there and good chickens too.
    Lavender Brown is doing okay but she does not want to stand. She is drinking and pooping. Will still be touch and go. Tomorrow I have to remove a six inch piece of gauze from a drainage hole on her. Wish me luck.
     
  2. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    Hope she makes it.Visiting dogs often cause issues.Too bad owners don't leave them home or in a car.
     
  3. KLLEETRUCKING

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    ^^ WORD^^

    Please keep us posted on Lavender's recovery.
     
  4. powellchicks

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    Update: Lavender is doing well as much as I can tell. She is calm, eating, drinking and pooping. She was standing up a bit today. We had to remove the wicking gauze that was allowing her wound to drain today. It was not as tough as I thought it would be but I think I might have pulled a few stitches out in the process because part of the wound has opened up again. Just trying to keep it clean. She fussed just a little but was a good patient again. I cleaned it up with iodine antiseptic wipes from my first aid kit. We let her out in the grass a bit and also to see how she was walking. She is very tentative so there might be something wrong with her right leg. She is geting around but it is slow. She still could be obviously quite sore from the whole ordeal. Our own dog is wanting to check her out. He knows something is wrong and I think he actually wants to lick her wound but we are not letting him of course. Lavender is not afraid of our dog considering she was attacked by another. I find that shocking. I noticed a little bug walking across her wound. No idea what it was and I was not able to get it. Will have to keep an eye on that.
    Any tips or suggestions would be great.
     
  5. Nathan Sampson

    Nathan Sampson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do hope lavender does get to feeliing better.
     
  6. powellchicks

    powellchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Lavender keeps getting better. The vet keeps asking about her which is awesome.
     
  7. Chickenfan4life

    Chickenfan4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh, you are a wonderful mama to your chickens to take care of them, even if it's costly like that... good luck, Lavendar!
     
  8. laura625

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    We had a chicken that last year was caught briefly by my dog.

    ( guest let dog out, dog pounced on chicken, guest pounced on dog.)
    There were no visible wounds, but chicken did nothing but breath for over an hr. Eventually she recoverred, but retained a limp for many months.
    ive been bitten by dogs. The impact hurts as much or more than the wounx itself I imagine Ms Brown will be sore for a good long time. How is your daughter?
     
  9. KLLEETRUCKING

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    Good news about Lavender. I'm following your updates because or flock got mauled by dogs a week ago. 2 dead and 1 injured, "Dotte". My DGF (cntrywmnkw) has a thread in emergencies on her condition.
    laura625, that's encouraging info about the time of recovery, Dotte is doing OK, she's somewhat "gimpy" in her one leg and that is a big concern.
     
  10. Zigapor

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    what a good man that vet is

    keep up with the updates!
     

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