Wildlife Services Manager
On June 18th, VINS’ Wildlife Services Department received its first baby Blue Jay of the season. Blue Jays have always been one of my favorite birds, so you can imagine my excitement when I heard of its arrival. However, this little jay wasn’t feeling so excited - it had been attacked by a dog and suffered neurological damage and a fracture to its left leg. We don’t encounter dog attack cases very often, but when we do, the patients usually come to us in very rough shape.
Neurological damage and spinal trauma are very common injuries from dog attacks - the strong bite of a dog can damage many nerves in the bird’s body, including those in the spinal column. This little jay was unable to stabilize itself and held its head in a constant upside down position. We acted quickly and immediately gave the jay an anti-inflammatory medication for pain and swelling, an antibiotic to prevent infection, and a homeopathic medication for nerve damage. The next step was to splint his broken leg.
|Example of leg splint and boot|
on an American Crow
|Fledgling Blue Jay - |
fully healed and growing strong!