Flyer Lost Front Leg

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Flyer Lost Front Leg

Postby abmdjm » Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:43 am

Help!

Our little darling Chipper somehow lost most of his left front leg (got caught in something?). He has a bloody stump left. We have tried to bandage him but he is in some pain when we do this. For this reason (and his small size) we have been unable to get any bandages on the stump. We did get some Neosporin on the wound. He does not appear to be in much pain if we do not try to bandage him.

Any sugestions?

Angie and Doug

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Re: Flyer Lost Front Leg

Postby Joan » Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:01 am

This should heal fast. Looks for signs of infection ... pussy drainage, bad odor. Neosporin should help. He will just chew off any bandage.


abmdjm wrote:Help!

Our little darling Chipper somehow lost most of his left front leg (got caught in something?). He has a bloody stump left. We have tried to bandage him but he is in some pain when we do this. For this reason (and his small size) we have been unable to get any bandages on the stump. We did get some Neosporin on the wound. He does not appear to be in much pain if we do not try to bandage him.

Any sugestions?

Angie and Doug
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Re: Flyer Lost Front Leg

Postby DinNorman » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:06 am

As long as there is skin areas close, the stump will heal fine. If the uncovered stump is protruding well past the skin edges, it may or may not heal itself. The stump sometimes needs to be trimmed back to approximate skin edges; in this case the skin will be closed with sutures by a veterinarian.
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Re: Flyer Lost Front Leg

Postby abmdjm » Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:48 am

Although his leg will not grow back, little Chipper is doing just fine for a little three legged flyer. He is alert, eats well, and is very active. There was no infection. He can move very fast with his three legs. His wing grew back but it is difficult for him to fly since he is missing most of that front leg.

We treated the stump with "Silvadene" (silver sulfadiazine) cream. This is widely used to to prevent infections in burn victims.

We never found out how he lost his leg, which is, of course, still a tragedy.

Angie and Doug

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Re: Flyer Lost Front Leg

Postby Joan » Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:15 pm

He's a testiment to how fast and well these little guys heal.
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