Urgent! Liver disease!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickadeeRanch, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. ChickadeeRanch

    ChickadeeRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Rhode Island Red rooster of 3 years has fallen ill! He has all the symptoms for liver disease! His comb went a bit purple around the edges, he has are hard time having bowel movements, he has low energy - he does not even cock a doodle doo much any more and just like it said in the article I read he just started showing symptoms just a couple weeks ago! plus he as overgrown claws/nails which is also a symptom! Also he has breathing problems which is the result of a swollen liver!
    It says it's because he has eaten too much!
    They said the cure was epson salts or wheat bran with buttermilk. Does anybody know any other cures?[​IMG] I'm really worried![​IMG] And I've been searching all over the internet[​IMG] but it keeps talking about eating chicken livers![​IMG]
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Those symptoms could be indicative of many illnesses. You may want to take him to a vet.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    About a year ago, I had a hen with hepatitis from having MS. Yellow urates, anorexia and pale comb were the number one symptoms I used Sulfadimethoxine on her. I ran it for 9 days, or until she responded to treatment. I had to retreat her a month or so later to completely clear her up, but she is doing fine now.
     
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  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    If he has hepatitis and it got cleared up with sulfadimethoxine, I've learned something new. But I know nothing about it. If it worked on a hen a year ago, wouldn't it work on this one?
     
  5. ChickadeeRanch

    ChickadeeRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hepatitis? Where would he get MS?
     
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    MS and MG are prevalent in flocks in the US. MG more than MS, but both are bad news.
     
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Sounds nasty.
     
  8. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Sulmet is sometimes used to treat respitory infections.....which if I remember right has that in it.
    Chickadee ranch when was your roo last wormed and what with. I would give him some mineral oil or veggie oil in his food to help him soften his poo and be easier to pass. You said breathing trouble...can you tell us what he does?
     
  9. ChickadeeRanch

    ChickadeeRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Laboured breathing yeah - it seems painful especially when you pick him up
    In they past we have given the flock olive oil with bread because they got a hold of some styrofoam
    Now he is on atibiotics but Im still his pooping troubles
     
  10. ChickadeeRanch

    ChickadeeRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey BTW everyone that is him in my profile pic - probably only 1 or 2 weeks old there! Now he is 3!
     

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