rehydrate the bird, offer a Chinese herb to reduce internal bleeding and help with circulation, provide homeopathic treatment, and administer a drug that both reduce swelling. Over the years we have found that this combination of natural, drug, and hydration has resulted in the best results. 50-70-% of these cases regain full use of their legs.
Just this month we have received a Coot, a Swainson’s Hawk, a Franklin’s Gull, and an Evening Grosbeak who presented with almost no use of the legs. Legs hang limply like cooked spaghetti but do have a slight reaction when pinched. Patients are placed in a towel “doughnut” with a heat pad below and treatment begins. After a couple of days, tube fed food is added to the regimen.
The Swainson’s Hawk and Coot were recently released, and the others are beginning to walk.