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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I think my rooster and small dog may have gotten into a

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I think my rooster and small dog may have gotten into a fight while I was out,I come home to find him laying on the floor,but it's not that the dog actually hurt him but when he fights he slipped on the hardwood floor and I thought he possibly broke his leg,he can stand up but cannot walk,I took him to the vet and 300 dollars later still no answers,nothing is broke,she gave me pain pills and said to keep him in a small cage until he heals,but don't make sense,their is nothing to heal..could he have hurt his back falling and slipping? She only xrayed his legs...he's eating a little, but not like he usually does..any input would be greatly appreciated...I love my little man and imagine not having him..but I also don't want him to be suffering...please help my email is***@******.***
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. To answer you directly, yes, I also need to consider both pelvic and spinal trauma in a rooster such as Peeps. Soft tissue injury is still a concern as crushing injuries from your dog's jaws can't be discounted. Pragmatically speaking, an antiinflammatory analgesic such as meloxicam and cage rest makes sense. It doesn't sound as if surgical intervention would be sensible if no long bone fractures were seen radiographically. Be patient with Peeps. The rapid metabolism of these birds can heal them quickly - often within 3 weeks - unless nerve damage is present. Nerves can take much longer to heal and if spinal nerves are involved, healing may never be complete.

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