In the Brooder
- Mar 18, 2015
My 4 week old Polish chick was attacked by a cat 2 days ago. There were small open wounds to the chick's neck. Since the injury I have kept her isolated to allow her to recover. I have been medicating her with tetracycline in the water, cleaning the wound with antiseptic and putting on triple antibiotic (without benzocaine). I am keeping her "sick cage" very clean. The first night she just rested a lot, but perked up by yesterday morning and her wound had scabbed over. By last evening it seemed her injury was healing very nicely. She has been eating and drinking normally the entire time. However, this morning she is making strange neck movements. Her head and neck slowly move to the right, much like an oscillating fan. Then she jerks it back to normal position. It immediately moves back to the right and she jerks it back again. This is going on constantly. *Edit: She is also moving her head and neck to the left in the same manner.* She has also started walking in circles counterclockwise. It makes me think she is dizzy. She is still eating. Could she have developed some sort of inner ear infection so quickly after the injury even though on antibiotics, or could this be a nerve injury? Do I even have her on the correct antibiotic?I know cat bites can cause serious problems. It was my own cat and it is up to date on all vaccinations. Someone please help. I am afraid she will go downhill quickly.