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Old 06-16-2020, 06:55 PM
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Clumsy ripped a nail :(

So another day, another injury. Poor Kass with her lopsided feathers on her wings has become so clumsy! This time she caught her nail on a toy. The toy is not ragged or anything. It was the metal rod where I had just refilled with cardboard and wood for chewing. She didn't fall but I saw her dangling before she reached for the perch to save herself. And when I checked, her one nail was gushing!

The bleeding stopped on its own and we took her to the vet. He gave her some pain killers and inspected/cleaned the nail. Said it looked fine. The quick was exposed and dangling. He added more styptic. It will clot up more tomorrow and look clumpy and it's fine. As long as she leaves it alone and lets it heal, I don't need to do anything more. The pain killers will hopefully help.

A bandage wasn't an option unless we absolutely have to because she will likely just pick at it more. If it still bleeds tomorrow, then unfortunately we have to put her in a cone of shame (part of my is curious how THAT would work LOL!!!).






I don't know what else to do to protect her. She was clipped (rather badly) before we got her, and she had a couple of really bad falls that damaged blood feathers on the right wing. So she is lopsided and more prone to falls.

Short of me literally carrying her around all day long or keeping her in her cage 24/7 for weeks until she grows proper feathers, I don't know what else to do. She's never alone while on her gym, which is majority of the waking hours. She still manages to fall or jump. But she falls or gets hurt at least once a week.

She is otherwise a happy healthy bird. Very very sociable and sweet and just so easy going.
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Old 06-16-2020, 09:02 PM
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Re: Clumsy ripped a nail :(

Aw so sorry .. poor baby! I hope it heals quickly and without complication! I don’t know what to offer as suggestion to help keep her from getting hurt, but wanted to at least express my sympathy for you and her!!
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Re: Clumsy ripped a nail :(

Jumped again from our shoulder onto the sidewalk. The same nail of course chipped and bled again . Poor thing. The other day a bloodfeather broke. We don't even know how THAT happened cuz at the time she was calmly foraging around our table on the deck and next thing we know the wing is bleeding! She hadn't flapped or fell within the past hour to have banged it on anything.

I'm gonna need more styptic. Just hoping daily to keep a close eye on her and stuff but not always possible to follow her around. She's at least never alone in a room. We are always within arm's reach if she's out of her cage.
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Re: Clumsy ripped a nail :(

Oh no poor Kass :-/ I know I’d be a bit of a wreck if my baby kept bleeding in some way or another so I really feel for you! I’ve really got nothing for suggestions, and I’ve wracked my brain to think of what I might do in your situation, but I just don’t know. I guess just close close supervision at all times, which you are already doing. Rest assured you are doing all you can for her and she’s gonna be ok *hugs*
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Re: Clumsy ripped a nail :(

careful with styptic...if they ingest it, that is not good.

Cornstarch can also help and their are ways for the vet to cauterize the wound....
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Re: Clumsy ripped a nail :(

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careful with styptic...if they ingest it, that is not good.

Cornstarch can also help and their are ways for the vet to cauterize the wound....
I'll switch to cornstarch. But the vet did assure me the styptic was safe (he is a CAV). But I have used cornstarch in the past with my dogs. More organic so I guess it is best anyway.

She is eating and just wants cuddles. She normally prefers large chunks of food but since she only has 1 good paw, i chopped up her dinner into smaller bite sized pieces. It is so nerve wracking because she is just off balance and a dare devil.

She is pretty much out of the cage majority of her waking hours and since weather is nice now she sits outside with us quite a bit. Today if we couldnt physically cuddle her we put her in her cage and it breaks my heart. She doesn't seem to mind, as she can't move around much but I hate when she is in her cage while we are home. She is such a sweetheart.
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careful with styptic...if they ingest it, that is not good.

Cornstarch can also help and their are ways for the vet to cauterize the wound....
I'll switch to cornstarch. But the vet did assure me the styptic was safe (he is a CAV). But I have used cornstarch in the past with my dogs. More organic so I guess it is best anyway.

She is eating and just wants cuddles. She normally prefers large chunks of food but since she only has 1 good paw, i chopped up her dinner into smaller bite sized pieces. It is so nerve wracking because she is just off balance and a dare devil.

She is pretty much out of the cage majority of her waking hours and since weather is nice now she sits outside with us quite a bit. Today if we couldnt physically cuddle her we put her in her cage and it breaks my heart. She doesn't seem to mind, as she can't move around much but I hate when she is in her cage while we are home. She is such a sweetheart.
Stypitc is better at getting the job done, but it can be harmful depending on the amount ingested---listen to your vet, for sure!
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Re: Clumsy ripped a nail :(

Im waiting for my CAV to call me back Monday but I had this idea to see if he can just clip off the end piece. It seems to be hanging on by cartilage and blood clots. Yesterday she accidentally nudged my arm extremely gently and it was enough to get the bleeding started. And she is having daily bleeding from the slightest bumpa. But Im concerned cutting off that much.

Will it grow back over the cartilage/quick? I feel like it is a painful thing but just like ripping off a bandaid,it will be better in the long run. Or kind of like cutting off a hangnail....it feels better (maybe a little sore) once cut off.


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It looks so sore!
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Re: Clumsy ripped a nail :(

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Im waiting for my CAV to call me back Monday but I had this idea to see if he can just clip off the end piece. It seems to be hanging on by cartilage and blood clots. Yesterday she accidentally nudged my arm extremely gently and it was enough to get the bleeding started. And she is having daily bleeding from the slightest bumpa. But Im concerned cutting off that much.

Will it grow back over the cartilage/quick? I feel like it is a painful thing but just like ripping off a bandaid,it will be better in the long run. Or kind of like cutting off a hangnail....it feels better (maybe a little sore) once cut off.


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Hard to say...he got it pretty good...
I hate stuff like this because it's stressful when you know they can bump it and restart things...I also worry about infection..

You might consider chemical cauterization (silver nitrate). Talk to your vet when you reach them.
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