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August Abbott, CAS, Certified Avian Specialist
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Experience:  Cert. Avian Specialist; Int. Assoc.Animal Behavior Consult; Pet Ind. Joint Advisory Council; author
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How to heal a white wing doves alula? Young bird.

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How to heal a white wing doves alula? Young bird.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Bird
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Found the bird in yard. Cleaned the wing with peroxide. Little blood where the alula is located.
Expert:  August Abbott, CAS replied 8 months ago.
You've done the right thing so far, but what has me concerned is whether or not the injury was from another animal. If a cat got to this bird enough to cause an injury that's noticeable, then a toxic bacteria from the cat's mouth has likely gotten into the bird's blood system. In cases like this it's vital to have the bird seen by a vet for an injection of antibiotic specifically for this event A 'watch and wait' stance often just finds the bird deceased and owners insisting the bird was acting "fine" and eating and everything else normal. This is called "masking" and birds are experts at it. It's helped them evolve from dinosaurs over the last 65-100 million years! Getting this bird to a professional wildlife rescue is very important. They have access to vets who know what to do and will do it quickly Good luck and thank you for rescuing this bird!