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Vet Performed Bumblefoot Surgery *progress*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FrontPorchIndiana, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    My poor little Beth came down with a nasty case of Bumblefoot.


    After gathering some great advice here on the forum I attempted the surgery myself. Twice. Problem is I only dreamed of becoming a veterinarian as a little girl. I didn't DO it. How in the heck am I supposed to know where the tendons or blood vessels are? I was not able to get the hard pus core out of her foot. It simply was too large. So I called my vet to ask about antibiotics. Well, there's some new law here in Indiana that says a vet can't prescribe medications without having a prior "doctor/patient relationship". I asked how much this "relationship" would cost to establish. She said $47. I said, "You realize we're talking about a chicken, right?"

    Anyway after giving it much thought, and determining ordering antibiotics online wasn't any cheaper, we decided to pay the $47. I'm a visual learner and if I can watch the procedure once I'd be a heck of a lot less shaky when doing it myself the next time. And since this is a common chicken ailment it would be a skill worth knowing. Not to mention that we could then have access to any medications we might need in the future because while the "patient/doctor relationship" is supposed to be on a per chicken basis I could hear the vet tech winking on the phone.

    So early this morning I packed her up and we headed out to the vet's office. I sat in the waiting room with all the dog and cat owners eyeballing me with their smug grins. Beth got to meet a pit bull up close and personal and wasn't all that impressed. In fact she pretty much just sat there good as can be. But even so we caused a bit of a stir. Seems they don't get a lot of chickens in the office. Go figure.

    As we waited in the exam room we could hear the technicians talking about what scale they could use to weigh "the chicken" and whatnot. I think they were excited about it. When the doctor examined her Beth just lied there and let her do it. She was as calm and sweet as she always is. Only pecked the light thingy they were trying to shine down her throat once.

    The doctor was obviously intrigued by the ailment. She knew exactly what needed to be done. It was down right entertaining to watch the discussion between the vet and the vet tech. We were the highlight of their week. And while I had only signed up to get some antibiotics they really, really wanted to do surgery on her. And made me an offer too good to refuse.

    You see, one of the reasons they wanted to do the surgery was to try out making a cast for Beth's foot. One of them had the brilliant idea to use an epoxy compound that was designed for equine use. It creates a foamy substance similar to a Nerf ball that can be custom formed to the hoof or in our case foot. It cushions the injured foot allowing it to heal faster. So they basically made her a little tennis shoe.


    Lot's of photos were taken which I understand may be making the rounds in certain veterinary circles. So not only did she get her foot all fixed up, Beth's going to be famous. [​IMG] Of course, Beth doesn't care about that yet, she's still trying to figure out how to walk with the darn thing.

    The post-op procedures will be to change the dressing every two days and apply a triple antibiotic ointment. They prescribed an antibiotic, Baytril 68 mg 1/2 tablet twice daily and an anti-fungal Ketoconazole 200mg 1/4 tablet twice daily for 14 days. They stressed the anti-fungal needed to be taken when taking antibiotics because the antibiotic lowers their natural resistance to fungal infection. She should be kept away from the flock and in a warm dry area. They stated her eggs can not be eaten for a month.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2008
  2. mothergoose1963

    mothergoose1963 Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    What a terrific post! Well done! I love her little "shoe"!!! Keep us up to date!
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Aw, tell Miss Beth that her Grandma sends her Get-Well wishes!
  4. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    awww thats cute i love her shoe...i will say it made me LOL [​IMG]

    I got this vision of you sitting in the vets waiting room with all the dogs and cats and you sitting there patiently with a chicken on yr lap...
  5. setter4

    setter4 Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Central Pennsylvania
    The shoe is too cute.
    Did they let you go in and watch the surgery? Did they use any anesthesia? I would have loved to have seen this but don't want one of my chooks to get bumble so I get the chance. lol
    My DH says all the other chickens are gonna' laugh at her shoe. lol
  6. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Songster

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
    ok, so did you get to watch the surgery?
    How'd it go?

    I still have my big boy in a pet taxi in the office here..and think it ISNT bumble foot but I keep following any bumble foot thread I an find.

    I am so glad you got her all fixed up.

  7. crazychicken

    crazychicken Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    how cute my neighbor went to vet school never really became a vet don't know why seems kind of personal to ask. so every now and then she will ask me how they are doing and come over and give them a free once over. and my other neighbor works for the county 4-H so i get lots of support here. [​IMG]
  8. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Quote:Yes, but the whole thing was done and over and she was awake again in five minutes. It's really not that complicated if you're brave enough to make an incision. Therein was the problem for me though.
  9. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Quote:After looking at your pics I think your probably right. I hope you figure out what it is and get him feeling better.
  10. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Glad you took her. I got a vet bill last summer for 101.50 and my girl didn't make it in the end.

    What causes bumblefoot? I've read so much about it but never knew what caused it.


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