Although we are a cat and dog clinic, we do see the odd guinea pig, snake, owl, or, in this case, chicken. Madam Louise came in with a complaint that is quite familiar to chicken-keepers: a Plantar Abscess or, as it is more commonly known, Bumble Foot. She was walking with a limp and had a large, open infection on the bottom of her right foot. After removing the abscess surgically, we sent her home on a regimen of bandaging, oral antibiotics, and foot-soaking. After a week, the owner was pleased to report that Madam Louise had quickly resumed her normal activities and that her foot appeared to be quite well-healed (no pun intended.)
Chickens have become a common sight in Bergen County. Many of our clients keep them not only for the eggs that they lay but for sheer enjoyment. These animals never fail to fascinate and delight, for despite their ubiquity on dinner tables, they have a wild beauty and magnificence that is truly their own.