Reptile Veterinarians Forum
EMERGENCY Severly injured Swift
This morning I caught my cat and dog chasing after something in my patio room. At one time my dog had it in her mouth, but, dropped it when I grabbed her.
It turned out to be a Swift (I think a Fence Swift), I had planned on releasing it in the front yard, when I noticed his left front leg had been torn off at the shoulder!!
He just laid in my hand, not moving, and between the physical trauma and pain and stress I didn’t think he’d make it. So, I put some antibiotic cream on the open wound (it has a numbing agent in it, although probably didn’t really make much of a dent in the pain) and put him in a paper towel lined shallow container, on top of a heating pad, I covered him with a cloth so he would at least feel a bit safer and have some peace in his last moments.
I contacted a local reptile rescue who told me there really wasn’t anything their vet could do for him.
When I checked on him, he was gone! He had climbed out of the container and was under a napkin on the counter.....I caught him and put him in an acrylic tank with a reptile heat pad, put a cloth over the pad and laid him on it and folded it over him. He didn’t stay there long, next thing I knew he was scrambling at the sides trying to climb out.
So...it looks like he may live....
He’s still pretty freakin’ fast, do you think he would be able to survive outside with only 3 legs?
Assuming I can get him to eat and drink, how long should I keep him inside(assuming he CAN survive outside)?
Thank you in advance for any advice/help you can provide. I truly appreciate it.
(sorry this post is so long :( )