N. G. Amith, M. Palanivelrajan
Abstract: The present study was undertaken with the objective to study the incidence and surgicalmanagement of different surgical conditions including fracture and injuries in rescued columbiformes during period from 2017 to 2019. Out of twenty two soft tissue injury cases, 15 (68.18 %) had wound on wings and 7 (32.31 %) had wound on the head. In fracture cases, 6 (54.54 %) had tibiotarsal bone fracture, 3 (27.27 %) had wing fracture, 2 (18.18 %) had dislocation of joint. The cases presented were more with wing wounds and follows head wounds, tibiotarsal bone fracture. After stabilizing the patient, in columbiformes requiring surgical intervention, all were done under the general anaesthesia using mixture of ketamine @ 30 mg/kg and diazepam @ 1 mg/kg intramuscularly along with butorphanol 0.1 mg/kg body weight as a peri-operative analgesia. The intra-medullary pinning was done for the repair of tibiotarsal bone fracture in columbiformes using k-wire. In injured birds, regular cleaning and anti-septic dressing of the wound was done with warm normal saline and 5 % povidone iodine solution. All injured birds were treated with Enrofloxacin @ 10 mg/kg, Gentamicin @ 3mg/kg body weight and Meloxicam @ 0.2mg/kg intramuscularly. 33 columbiformes were completely recovered and got good flying acuity were released in the environment at different places.
Keywords: Wound, Fracture, Ketamine, Columbiformes