Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Old Crow Medicine

An American crow was recently admitted to the VINS Wildlife Services department, presenting with an oozing infection in both eyes we suspected to be conjunctivitis. He showed no other injuries.

In the photo above, VINS staff discuss the crow's ocular predicament after his initial exam. Below is a close-up of one of the infected eyes.

The crow was initially taken to a veterinarian who started the crow on an antibiotic ointment, which had no positive effect we could see. We
discontinued that treatment and began gently washing the eyes out daily, and started him on an anti-fungal medication. We had researched an herbal eye wash that might help soothe and clear the eyes, but unfortunately the crow's condition worsened before we could try the eye wash, and we made the decision to euthanize the bird. In addition to his infection worsening, he stopped eating, and we believed he was suffering greatly. While we were saddened we could not heal this bird, each bird offers us a learning experience to treat future patients the best we can.

1 comment:

  1. You did the best you could at least there no more suffering anymore. Thank you for all the wonderful work you all do and the posts you write.

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