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3 Month Old Duck has Limp

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CJ1245, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. CJ1245

    CJ1245 New Egg

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    I have a 3 month old duck that developed a limp today. I noticed him laying in the middle of the yard today and when I went to see what he was up to he had a limp. It looks like its his left foot, he's trying to put the weight on the right foot. He can walk but with a limp. He's enjoying his pool still but keep his foot near his body and doesn't extend it to kick with when he's in the water. Can anyone recommend anything to ease his pain or to possibly help him feel better?

    Thank you very much!
     
  2. CJ1245

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    This is the foot that I think is causing him to limp
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  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I would look him over as well as possible - a time or two Romy has picked up a splinter. One was so tiny, it was our magnificent vet who found and removed it. It was like a tiny hair! The other was larger, and I found it and removed it with tweezers.

    It could also be bumblefoot, and I have successfully treated mild bumblefoot cases without cutting.

    I used to put triple antibiotic without pain killer on the foot, top and bottom, three or four times a day for the first few days, then two or three times a day till it was all cleared. Then Haunted55 stumbled on an alternative, I will quote here.

    On July 1st, I found one of my Pekin ducks with what I would consider a bad case of Bumblefoot. Both feet were involved and I'm ashamed to say, the only way I found it was she was limping. One foot had 7 and the other had 3. I was able to grab her and bring her into the house and put her into a warm bath to clean and soak. Two water changes later and softened feet, all I had time to do was paint the bumbles with colorless iodine, grabbed the wrong stuff, and put her into a dog crate in my house until I could get everything ready to operate and get them gone. Did I mention the thought of this scared me half to death?

    Sad to say it took 6 days before i was able to get everything together and someone to help out with the 'cure'. The following pictures are what we found after the bath we gave before the planned surgery to remove these things.


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    As can be seen, there really wasn't much to operate on, even though I was prepared to do just that. No matter how much squeezing or prodding or soaking, there just wasn't anything more to come out, it was all on the scabs that were covering the sores. The swelling was down from the 'marbles' I saw when I first found them. I poured betadine over the ones I had opened and painted the ones that I hadn't again with the iodine and put her back into her crate with clean bedding.

    the next pictures are of the same Pekin and anothe duck, Dottie the Mallard, who was also found limping.


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    As can be seen in the first two pictures, the bumbles have been dramatically reduced on the Pekin with just the iodine application and the smaller ones totally gone. The last four pictures are of the Mallard who is still under going the iodine applications.
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    As can be seen, this is how the left and right foot look tonight on the Pekin duck. The heels being the worst are still showing infection and need for more treatment. tomorrow, I will again give a bath and pull/cut out the scabbing and treat with straight iodine this time. These spots are now flat or as flat as they should be considering the part of the foot they are on. I will still touch up the places that had the spots before as well.


     
  4. CJ1245

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    So is the preferred treatment the triple antibiotic cream or is there anything else to do?

    Thanks so much!
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I think either ought to work. If you have the clear iodine, you may want to use that - there is less effort involved. But caught early enough, the triple antibiotic has worked for me.
     
  6. CJ1245

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    Hi All,

    I soaked his food in Epsom salt for about 10 minutes and then put the triple antibiotic cream on. Is there anything else I should be done for him? Does he need any vitamins in his food or any sort of antibiotics or medicine? He's been on the starter/grower mixed for about a month now.

    Thank you all very much!
     
  7. CJ1245

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    Also, he's been walking with his right foot titled in under him, i'm assuming that is to compensate for his sore foot, is that correct?

    Thank you!
     
  8. Amiga

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    Hard to say the reason - could be compensation, could be he needs more B vitamins - so I would add a tablespoon of brewer's yeast to his food each day. Not baking yeast, brewer's yeast.

    And you may know this - but the Epsom salt is a laxative so don't let him drink it.
     

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