I have a degrading indian runner named Turtle and am trying everything.
My question to everyone is that am I correct in understanding there is little to no understanding how to manage and treat domesticated ducks? I've read concerns about vets not knowing what to do and I've discovered most treatments are not labeled for ducks. Is this as significant a problem as I perceive to be? An important area with a severe lack of professionally recognized and research based knowledge? This, compounded by the sale of ducklings at big box feed stores makes for strong disease centers, misguided or ill informed caregivers, and not to mention heart-aching "parents".feedback would be greatly appreciated. Best to all of you struggling with an ill duck; I share in your frustration and concern.
There are good duck vets around, and I have even found a chicken vet who is able to help quite a bit with my ducks.
There is quite a bit of knowledge and understanding in managing and treating domestic ducks. One source I like for my own education is The Ultimate Pet Duck Guidebook. I have adopted from the rescue group whose director wrote the book - just wanted a full disclosure there.
There is a 200 page medical section in that book.
It is true that at this point in time, medications are often not labelled specifically for ducks. That makes it harder than it needs to be.
Where have you posted details about Turtle on BYC? I have not been online as much as usual and must have missed it.
Some things do need a vet's help. They have diagnostic equipment that we don't. Is there a waterfowl rehabber anywhere around you? Or agricultural college?