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How do I treat a rooster spur wound?

Updated February 21, 2017

People and animals do not intend to get injured, but it often constitutes a side effect of an active lifestyle. Individuals who have frequent contact with animals and livestock can be accidentally injured while handling them. Animals can be injured during encounters with other animals of their own species or of a different species.

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Cuts and wounds caused by the spurs on a rooster can be deep and painful. If not treated properly at the time, they can lead to serious health complications because of the bacteria and dirt commonly found on the spurs of roosters and other poultry.

  1. Clean the wound thoroughly with warm water and an antibacterial soap. Make sure to get all dirt and debris out of the wound. Unless bleeding is severe, it is initially more important to clean the wound than stop the bleeding. Blood flowing out of the wound can help flush potential harmful contaminants.

  2. Check to make sure there is no dirt or debris in the wound. Once you are certain it is clean, treat the wound by thoroughly applying an antibiotic ointment.

  3. Apply gauze or a butterfly bandage to the wound. Make sure the bleeding is controlled.

  4. Seek medical attention. Rooster spur wounds have a high chance of infection and may require oral antibiotics or other treatments that can be prescribed by a licensed physician. In the case of animals, check with your veterinarian about follow-up measures to care for the wound.

  5. Warning

    If you or your pet is injured, you should contact a medical professional for treatment. Failing to properly treat an injury or wound can lead to illness, disability and even death. This is especially the case if you are unable to control the bleeding or the wound is too deep to clean thoroughly.

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Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Bandages

About the Author

Jen Davis has been writing since 2004. She has served as a newspaper reporter and her freelance articles have appeared in magazines such as "Horses Incorporated," "The Paisley Pony" and "Alabama Living." Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in journalism from Berry College in Rome, Ga.

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