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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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We have a chick about six weeks old who was picked up by our

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We have a chick about six weeks old who was picked up by our dog. She has a puncture wound in her side about the size of a Bebe. She looks like she's breathing hard and one of her wings may be damaged. What do you suggest for tonight before we take her to the vet in the morning?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

The poor little kid got a rude awakening so early in're necessarily constrained ito cleaning/disinfecting any broken skin with over the counter chlorhexidine (Hebiclens in your local pharmacy) or 3% hydrogen peroxide. The chick needs to be kept very warm in an 85F environment so it can conserve energy otherwise used to maintain its body heat. Place its water and crumbles in a pet carrier (or similar container) along with her. Her breathing is most worrisome. Crushing injuries as seen with dog jaws can cause a remarkable amount of damage not readily visible with the naked eye. Do you happen to have Tylan-50 or another antibiotic on hand?

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin