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Hello, I have an old girl, close to 9 years old. She was limping and I took her to the vet. He said "arthritis" and gave her metacam. She has been on it for 2 months and it really helped her. the vet won't refill her prescription without another exam and xrays plus other tests. I would rather not do this and don't know what to do now. any suggestions? I don't want her to suffer but at this time I don't have the funds for extensive tests. I'm sad but in a bind.
 

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You can try .325 mg aspirin dissolved in a gallon of water.

I can understand your vet's hesitance. All NSAIDS have harmful side effects. Even the aspirin.

Were the bottoms of her feet examined? The reason I'm asking is that I've had several that reached ten years and older but I didn't see any arthritis signs.
 

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yes, the vet checked her feet and legs. he manipulated her legs and feet too. She is a very large chicken so maybe that contributed to her issues. The vet made sure she wasn't laying and then gave her the metacam. She is in a coop with 4 other chickens. How would you suggest giving her the water and aspirin? Two chickens are laying and the other two are as old as she is and are not laying.
Thank you for your suggestion!
 

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Are there any wet treats they get? You can mix 3 cc's of the diluted aspirin into her treat.
 

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They get dried meal worms and fresh produce. What do you think of reconstituting the worms in the diluted aspirin? I'll think about what else I can give her separately from the other girls.
 

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yes, the vet checked her feet and legs. he manipulated her legs and feet too. She is a very large chicken so maybe that contributed to her issues. The vet made sure she wasn't laying and then gave her the metacam. She is in a coop with 4 other chickens. How would you suggest giving her the water and aspirin? Two chickens are laying and the other two are as old as she is and are not laying.
Thank you for your suggestion!
I have one morbidly obese roo who is only about a year old but is getting lame due to leg/weight issues.
 

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My girl is a Brahma so I expected her to be large. I didn't know chickens could get obese! She doesn't seem to be any bigger than she has been for many years but I'm not sure either. She is not aggressive and I haven't noticed her "hogging" the food so I didn't think there was a problem with eating too much. Oh boy! I'm learning all the time. :)
 

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My girl is a Brahma so I expected her to be large. I didn't know chickens could get obese! She doesn't seem to be any bigger than she has been for many years but I'm not sure either. She is not aggressive and I haven't noticed her "hogging" the food so I didn't think there was a problem with eating too much. Oh boy! I'm learning all the time. :)
They generally don't get obese but they can.
 

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OK, it's time to break out Goliath's pic.

PCM, he's a sight to see.

PCM, what about some warm oatmeal? Or a little yoghurt?
 

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Good ideas, I'll try those. Thank you robin. Your avatar, I had a silkie like that once. She was such a good girl and very friendly too.
 

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That girl in my pic was sweet but could never be shown. She flipped out everytime I tried to put her in my truck.

I'm going to see if I can find PJ's pic of Goliath.
 

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OK, it's time to break out Goliath's pic.

PCM, he's a sight to see.

PCM, what about some warm oatmeal? Or a little yoghurt?
Here is Goliath in action, a few inches of vertical lift, very little forward motion. He is gentle and crows on command. It's interesting you mentioned oatmeal. I have been making a rice cooker pot of it everyday as a treat for my birds.

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Hello, I have an old girl, close to 9 years old. She was limping and I took her to the vet. He said "arthritis" and gave her metacam. She has been on it for 2 months and it really helped her. the vet won't refill her prescription without another exam and xrays plus other tests. I would rather not do this and don't know what to do now. any suggestions? I don't want her to suffer but at this time I don't have the funds for extensive tests. I'm sad but in a bind.
Find another vet, the old girl is 9 years old for heaven's sake! Make her happy!
 

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Skippy, we don't have that many vets that see chickens but I'm looking for another! Great suggestion and am hoping a new vet will be more accommodating.
 

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Robin, Goliath is beautiful!! I can't have a roo, neighbor's don't like the crowing.
 
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