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Should I get my duck Walter an amputation

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I have a runner duck that dislocated her hip and knee. The vet said that the ligaments and tendons are toast. They can not repair it, but they can amputate the leg. The vet is waiting to hear from a specialist to verify that Walter will still live a healthy life as a pet. What are your opinions of the quality of life aspect. I will pay for the surgery if Walter has a postitive looking future. Otherwise, Walter will become dinner for a friend (no wasted life, but I couldn't eat Walter)
post #2 of 7

It's a personal decision.  I don't envy you.:hugs

 

Most ducks have a genuine joy in living, and they are not quitters.  I would not give up on Walter.  Whether you decide on some kind of device to help him get around (there are duck equivalents of walkers and wheelchairs) or go with amputation and perhaps a prostethic (look up Buttercup the Duck), Walter has a good chance at a lovely life.

 

Even Lemon, who has a bunch of physical handicaps, has led a happy life.

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post #3 of 7

I wouldn't give up.  As long as your baby doesn't look super uncomfortable, I do not see why the amputation would be a problem.

We have a special needs rooster, whom has weak legs after getting in an alteracation with my neighbor's rooster (he was my neighbor's, but she gave him to us to separate the two).  He is unable to walk long distances, but he is still his feisty self, and you can tell he enjoys life.  It all depends on how much your baby wants to live.

post #4 of 7
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Looks like they want to do a surgery to fix the leg. I drive Walter to a specialist in the Bay area for a Monday surgery
post #5 of 7

My prayers are with you and Walter.  I hope everything goes ok with him.  Let us know how he does please.

post #6 of 7

We will be praying for him too. <3

Please keep us updated.

post #7 of 7

I don't want to worry you - - - I have heard that waterfowl surgery can be tricky due to their sensitivity to anesthesia.  Did the vet go over that with you?  Maybe he's figured out how to avoid whatever it is that has caused problems for others.

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