Brand new to the forum.
I have been trying to do internet research before coming here but felt it was time I reached out for some help.
I have two white Pekins who have developed issues with their legs. One with a swollen right leg one with a swollen left leg.
This started almost 2 months ago with one and we took her (Chelveston) to the vet. They could see no obvious sign of injury but suspected she had a cut or scrape which got infected. They started us with an anti-inflammatory (Meloxodil) which we tried for a few days to no effect. They then switched us to an antibiotic (sorry don’t have the name off hand) and she was on that for 10 days and her situation improved dramatically so we returned her to the rest of her duck mates. Well, due to poor retelling of vet instructions to me by the rest of the family I neglected to take note that we needed to keep her on the antibiotics for an extended period if the initial course was working. So, after perhaps a week she suffered a relapse. The vet prescribed a longer course of the same antibiotic which this time around did nothing. Back to the vet. This time they took x-rays and tissue samples to identify the type of infection and narrow the choice for a more directed antibiotic. Basically she has a staph infection and they identified a sulfa type antibiotic. We had her on this for 10 days. Very difficult to administer as she was able to detect it in her food or lettuce or meal worms so we squirted it down her throat when we were not able to sneak it into her food. After 10 days of this no improvement. A call to the vet to report and they said there isn’t really much else that can be done. We kept her on the antibiotics with a force feeding of medication but still no improvement. I gather that she has a MRSA type of staph infection that we had on the run the first time but with our failing or follow through the infection mutated to an antibiotic resistant strain. The vet referred us to an avian specialist but I don’t know if this will be of any value plus it is almost 2 hours away. I have been researching for alternate treatment methods and have found references to Manuka Honey, Pascalite, Turmeric, Oil of Oregano, Tea Tree Oil and Olive leaf extract. Most of these are topical and she has no open wound so I am not sure how effective these would be as a poultice. Not sure if eating any of the edible varieties of the above will have the desired effect.
Does anyone have any experience with these remedies for this type of situation that they can report on?
I will search through the forums here too in case I missed something.
I don’t think the infection will go away on it’s own and while she is still eating and drinking and pooping and bathing she is not very mobile with only one good leg.
I would hate to have to put her down if there were something I can do to help her.
Any help appreciated.
Sorry for the verbose posting