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Posted 18th January 2006, 02:27 PM
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Dove flew into window


A lady brought to me today an adult Mourning Dove, she said it flew into her window 2 days ago and she kept it in a box in the garage, she was hoping with a little time it would recover. Well this little Mourning Dove looks fine but can't stand on it's legs, now the legs can move as she moved them but she can not bare weight on them. Anyone know what could be wrong with her. I will take her in tomorrow with my ferel pigeon but in the mean time i am stumped.

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Posted 18th January 2006, 02:31 PM
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Blunt trauma. Swelling. It will probably take time although an anti-inflammatory could help.

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Posted 18th January 2006, 02:49 PM
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Thank You Pidgey I will ask the vet for something tomorrow.
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Posted 18th January 2006, 04:22 PM
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You can get the homeopathic Arnica Montana for trauma, swelling and bruising. Cleans up the blood and reduces swelling quicker. you can purchase it at any health food store.
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Posted 19th January 2006, 11:20 PM
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Hi Naturegirl,


Do please Hydrate this Dove a.s.a.p.

Some electrolytes, if possible...


That and warmth...and if in a Cage, line the inside top with LOTS of soft padding, or two inch 'soft' egg-crate foam rubber. ( Get for free at any place that does upholstry or re-upolstry work. )

Once this Dove is feeling better it will launch like a rocket straight 'up' and knock itself cold or worse, on the inside top of the cage...

These Morning Doves are 'flighty' and spook very, very easily...

So, move always v-e-r-y slowly if near her, and do not look at her.

If changing out the Water or Seeds, do so s-l-o-w-l-y, and, in as close to complete darkness as possible...

Good luck...!


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Posted 20th January 2006, 04:12 AM
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Dove update


Well update on the dove is that she may have a spinal injury or Pelvic swelling. I asked the vet for something for swelling and she said they don't like to give steroids to birds. Said to wait it out and hope the swelling will go down in a few days. Kind of Bites if you ask me as this little dove wants to move around. She is so tiny not adult size yet, but has her little black dots on her cheeks. I will do everything I can with her because she is a special little girl and way to pretty. I have to save one of the 3 I recently had as the other 2 pigeons had to be put down. This year isn't starting off like I was hoping. Too bad we can't go back to the beginning and start it over again only this time with better luck
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Posted 20th January 2006, 05:12 AM
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Hi Naturegirl,

I was speaking with a very experienced and respected avian vet who practices out of Florida who is also the avian specialist for a large animal attraction there. It was actually a phone consultation (paid) concerning one of our parrots. After discussing our birds condition (had a mouth sore that is resolving itself with treatment) we talked about a number of bird issues.

We did talk about bird injury and trauma, she says she ALWAYS gives badly injured birds anti-inflammatory steroids and oxygen. This goes for birds even down to budgies (adjusting dosage of course) in her private practice. She says this treatment is a little unconventional, but doing this greatly increases their chance of survival.

I am going to post drug, dose and references. I hope this helps.

DEXAMETHASONE
Psittacines

Most Injectable (2 mg/ml) I.M.
I.M. or I.V. 1 mg/kg Once

2-4 mg/kg sid-tid Initial Rx for severe trauma.

McDonald, 1989.

For shock, trauma, Gm- endotoxemia. Use lower dose as anti-inflammatory. Use decreasing dosage schedule for long-term therapy.

Harrison and Harrison, 1986.

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Posted 20th January 2006, 07:56 AM
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Just to agree with what Jazaroo said, this is from Moderator Nooti's drug chart:


DEXAMETHASONE (Duphacort Q, Colvasone, Dexadreson, Dexafort)
0.3-1mg per kilo OID or BID or q (every) 48hrs until not needed. Use higher doses for shock and trauma.
Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid whose anti-inflammatory potency is 7.5 times greater than prednisolone and is suitable for high-dose therapy. It is also an appetite stimulant.
Used for concussion in the main but can be used if given on alternate days as an appetite stimulant for birds who - despite showing no obvious symptoms or have been through a long drawn out illness, simply refuse to self feed.
When discontinuing after chronic therapy, dose should be tapered off - ie every alternate day until cessation. Chronic use or abrupt withdrawal of drug may lead to development of Cushings Syndrome as the drug depresses adrenal gland function.
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