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I have a two year old Cayuga duck. Until 4 days ago he has been extremely healthy. Then he started having seizures. I am a single mom of 7 and disabled so do not have much money. I scraped up what I had left and took him in to the emergency vet two nights ago. Doc put him on phenobarbital and gave him a vitamin shot and some fluids. Next day had 18 seizures and can barely hold his head up or stand. Got him some vitamins and electrolytes to put in his water and changed his food. He's drinking a lot and taking his meds but won't eat. Can anyone please help me out in this matter? My daughter has cried herself to sleep and I can't afford another vet bill. I am beside myself as to what to do. His poop is green and watery if that helps. He tries to talk to me when I give his water and meds. But he lays back down like he can't stand up.
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What are all the meds you give him, what is his diet and what did you change it too, could any of your children given him something they were not supposed too. Was he ever dropped ( like ever..) and has he even been hit or squeezed too tight. lastly has he ever injested soap or any kind of cleaner. 

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A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
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Doc just gave him phenobarbital for seizures and only thing we are giving him is the vitamins and electrolytes from feed store. We changed his food to a food with a 18% or higher protein Content. He stays in a certain room and is not anywhere near soap or cleaners, eat. Kids don't give him anything. Only daughter feeds him and gives treats. Never been dropped or squeezed
Edited by Slange16 - 3/1/16 at 11:56am
post #4 of 78

ok then it is probably genetic there isn't really anything that can be done for it unless it goes away from the doctors medication or on its own.

 

 

 

one more question what are the living conditions,  you say it is a room does he have access to greens and sun and fresh swimming water? 


Edited by buff goose guy - 3/1/16 at 11:59am
A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
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A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
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He lives in a bedroom with my daughter and he has a huge cage that takes up most of the room. He is in front of a window and he gets the free use of the tub. Hope that helps. I keep reading about niacin deficiency or low blood sugar. Should I try to treat this as well to see?
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You might want to get him tested for it before treating for it.  Get him some grass and let him go outside more once it gets warm. Exercise might help as well. 


Edited by buff goose guy - 3/1/16 at 12:14pm
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I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
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post #7 of 78
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OK thank you. I already dropped everything in savings to take him in the first time. I have no more money to take him back in for the blood work
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OK thank you. I already dropped everything in savings to take him in the first time. I have no more money to take him back in for the blood work

I hope @casportponyis still here I'd like her opinion

 

Usually we see Niacin def in young duckling and neurological issues can be one sign also lameness kind of unusual for a 2 yr old duck to be deficient but always a possibility it wouldn't hurt to sprinkle some brewers yeast over top of his feed if he's eating or buy " plain niacin" not flush free or time released and put into his water if you get tablets crush well 125 megs to 1 gal of water keep mixed so the niacin doesn't all sink to the bottom Or 1 tab to 1 cup of feed.

 

Does he get outside at all sunshine and fresh air are important for health. Before he started having seizures?

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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post #9 of 78

Welcome  to BYC. If he were mine I would tube fluids and dextrose to him. Will your vet sell you a catheter and syringe for tubing? Both dehydration and low blood sugar can cause seizures, so that's how I would deal with it. Get  tubing supplies and I will teach you how to tube.

 

-Kathy

post #10 of 78

I am by no means an expert but did find this chart. http://www.majesticwaterfowl.org/diagnostic%20chart.htm most of the way down they identify a number of reasons a duck might have seizures. As for the poop color that might indicate something either eaten or an intestinal infection of some sort. I wish the best for you and hope he improves soon.

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Living where the Central Plains and the Texas Hill Country meet  with 19 chickens, 5 bantams, 15 new chicks, 22 ducks, 11 geese, 7 dogs. Thirteen miles from nowhere and a short drive to anywhere. What more could I want!!!!!
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