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Is there any chance you can send me a picture of his injuries?
Perfect, thank you. I am still waiting for them to load.
Do we know what kind of animal attacked him? Does he have any chest injuries?
I have examined the pictures and I fear we might have a brain/internal ear issue. The wound must have looked awfull initially if now it's looking like this.
Any discharge/pus coming out?
Or abnormal smell?
Received, thank you.
Did he deteriorate all of a sudden?
Or was it more like a gradual thing?
The problem with that affected area is that all the bony structures are paper-thin at this age. So, just like human babies, once they suffer an injury it takes a long time for them to recover and some even remain with life-long sequelae.
I see. I believe we can still give him a chance, to be honest. As long as there's no torticollis and he is still eating and drinking well, only time can.
Normally Calcium Deficiency goes with mastication issues as well (since it affects all muscles); they fall into lateral recumbencu and look very stiff; don't feed properly anymore. Plus they start showing skin signs and from pictures, I can;t see any hypocalcemia signs.
Ideally he'd get checked as a hands-on examination by one of my collegues at your local vet practice. After a full clinical head examination, we could decide if other treatment is needed (such as pain-relief, anti-inflammatories or antibiotics)
Good - this is a sign that he is geting proper nutrition.
I see. I am sure he/she can recommend an exotics vet from around your area. I agree, it needs to be someone who's confident in examining birds.
For now, I can only say that if we are dealing with postinjury oedema (ear canal/brain), I'd expect it to get worse and worse. If he is just having a post-traumatic inflammatory response, then we will see some improvements.
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No, I wouldn't recommend in that area. If you want to keep it clean, some saline solution twice a day would do the job (but make sure you dry it well).
It heals better if aired and I wouldn't intervene at this point with any topical antibiotics.
Perfect, sounds like a good plan. Sometimes farm vets are happy to have a look at pigeons ((since they examine loads of ducks and chicken).
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