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What do you give a turkey who is in pain?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Lover of all creatures, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Lover of all creatures

    Lover of all creatures Hatching

    Sep 8, 2009
    Our turkey has broken toes,what can I give him to realeive his pain while he is trying to heal? Thank you!

  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007

    Along with the anti-inflammatory try to keep him on soft bedding or in a sandy run with no opportunity to roost.

    The formulary in the link below is helpful (actually, the entire book can be downloaded for free):

    ACETYLSALICYLIC ACID - Aspirin (Butler; Vedco)
    Available as tablets (5 or 60 grain) for oral administration. Also
    available as 1.25 grain orange-flavored chewable tablets. May be
    effective as an analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory agent
    in some avian species. May be indicated to prevent clot formation
    and embolisms secondary to egg-related peritonitis, granulomatous
    diseases and shock. Uricosuric at low doses and may be
    effective in some cases of acute and chronic gout. A five grain tablet
    can be mixed in 30 ml of diluent and administered at a dose of 0.5
    ml/kg, TID (or 1 tablet per pint of drinking water).

    from: Avian medicine: Principles and Applications (formulary chap. 18) : http://www.avianmedicine.net/ampa.html
    OTC Aspirin is 81mg/325mg.).

    Good luck!
  3. Garin

    Garin In the Brooder

    Jul 23, 2009
    loudoun co., va
    my turkey fell and hurt his leg two days ago. I have been giving him one 100 mg tablet of ibuprohen every 6 hours. He is approx. 30 lbs. Worked good, the swelling went down and after two days he is back up and walking around albeit with a limp. I know given more time his leg will improve.
  4. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    I had a turkey with a leg injury/limp last year, couldn't decide whether to cull or not. Anyways it took months and months for it to improve and she still limps (hen) but she's turned out to be a great nest sitter and has had 2 hatches since then. I had tried to isolate her but she went berserk away from her social group and was hurting herself more, so I let her out to freerange all day with the others, and like I said, over time, it got better. but it's still there, very mildly.

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