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Does anyone know what the symptoms of a stroke are in a duck?

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We've lived in our house for 13 years and have formed a close relationship with a drake Muscovy who has lived in the lake behind our house since day 1.  He has always been "top dog" in the duck community back there. :)   About a week ago I watched him suddenly fall sideways and flop a little, navigating with his wings on the ground.  He seemed very disoriented and was holding his head sideways.  This behavior has persisted.  When he walks now it's like he has vertigo and is falling forward and I can tell his toes are gripping into the ground as if to halt himself from falling on his face.  He almost breaks into a run because it's like he's trying to keep himself from falling forward.  That being said he seems to only walk now if he has to.  He swims pretty well but his overall demeanor is fearful and sick.  He's still eating but when he does, he does this gulping thing which is not normal.  He's hanging in there but I really want to know what's wrong and if there's anything I can do to help him.  He seeks out our house and family and lets us get right next to him, but has never been comfortable with us touching him.  Could this be a stroke?  I'm pretty sure it's not Avian Botulism as we have helped (and buried ;( ) many of the ducks in the back due to that bacteria and I have never seen symptoms like this.  

Also, calling the Wildlife care Center near me is my LAST resort as it seems they are very hasty to put down the animals that are brought to them. 

 

Please help with any advice!  We love our Daddy Duckie.

post #2 of 6

I'm by far no expert but I will give my best advice. From what you say it could be a few things.

 

Possible ear infection.

Possible parasite infection.

Possible vitamin deficiency.

Possible bacterial or viral attack.

 

Long story short it could be numerable things. His best chance would be for you to catch him and bring him to a vet that has experience in water fowl.

 

Otherwise you could try purchasing a niacin supplement(or treat him to some yummy sweet peas for a week) , a broad range antibacterial for water fowl, and some duck parasite medication. Check your local feed stores, who knows, they may have just the thing.

 

Be extra careful that the medicines you buy will not negatively interact with each other. 

 

That's the best I got. Sorry. Hope all turns out!

 

Another thing to take into consideration is the Mr. Muscovy sounds like he is getting along in years. He's a fairly old duck from what you say. He may just be getting towards the end of his life and experiencing something similar to duck dementia. Again, not sure but it certainly is a possibility.


Edited by Duckchick2011 - 11/18/15 at 8:54am
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks Duckchick2011!!

 

I will look into these suggestions.  I hadn't considered ear infection before but the way he is acting definitely seems it could be inner ear related.  His balance is way off.  Thanks again!

post #4 of 6

No problem! :)

 

Oh yeah! I would suggest, if you have to choose between the parasite meds and the Antibiotics to go with the antibiotics. Antibiotics would cover more of the possible problems than the parasite meds would.

 

Let us know how it goes!


Edited by Duckchick2011 - 11/18/15 at 11:37am
post #5 of 6

I think Duckchick2011 has given some good thoughts.  One other possibility might be metal toxicity.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/873138/heavy-metal-poisoning-in-ducks-no-appetite-falling-weight-loss-lethargy#post_13244769

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post #6 of 6

I was going to suggest Botulism / limber neck based on the neck droop and s/s you described. 

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