Do I need to take my duck to the vet?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Skylar Marie, May 23, 2019.

  1. Skylar Marie

    Skylar Marie In the Brooder

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    One of my ducks, Waffles, seems to have a lot of problems all the time. And I really want to be able to take her to the vet so that I know she is getting exactly the help she needs, but I live in a regular neighborhood, in a state that doesn’t allow “poultry,” in non-farm land. And I’m so scared to take her to the vet because I don’t want them to realize I live in a residential area and take her and all of my ducks away. In my area there isn’t an actual farm vet, but there is an avian vet. And I have taken one of my ducks to a vet when he got attacked by a raccoon, sadly we had to make the decision to euthanize him because his wounds were too severe. They didn’t ask any questions then, but that was also a different vet (it was an emergency care because the avian vet wasn’t open and wouldn’t see him bc it was night time.) I just don’t know what to do, especially since part of it is my fault. About a month or so ago when I went to go spend time with them after I got home I noticed Waffles wing was hanging low so I checked to see if she was bleeding or anything (she wasn’t) it just looked dislocated and she didn’t seem in pain so I thought it would be fine in a few days, and about a week later her wing seemed fine, but even now when she tries to flap her wings that one doesn’t come out very much. And I feel absolutely awful bc I probably should have wrapped it or taken her to the vet! I just hope I didn’t permanently mess up that wing from not doing something about it. She also has a on or off limp in one leg which she’s had for a while, when ever she limps I soak her feet in epsom salt as massage her feet in it (from the time she had Bumblefoot) and I’m about to get her duck shoes for a while in hopes that it will make it more comfortable for her. And not only that she has wet feathers, she has access to water at all times (it’s limited now that she has wet feathers) and has a good diet, so I’m not sure what is causing it (she had it last year and it went away once she molted) it does seem she develops it once she starts laying bc she likes to eat her eggs and then she puts it on her back, but idk if that has anything to do with it. We gave her a bath with Dawn and blow dried her off afterwards in hoping that would help, but it didn’t. She avoids taking baths and rain because of the wet feathers so when ever she gets wet we always dry her off and when she gets dirty we give her a hand bath and blow dry her off after wards so she doesn’t get cold. I’m sorry if that was long I just really don’t know what to do, other than Waffles all of my other ducks are very healthy. So should I just take the risk in taking her to the vet or is there at least something more that I can do to do to help her especially her wing?
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    The Vet won't get involved with where you live. They only want to treat the animal. I'd take her to the Vet.
    Best wishes...
     
  3. Magnolia Ducks

    Magnolia Ducks Crowing

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    Also Dawn will remove the oils and create wet feather. Don't use soap unless she has been exposed to an oil spill or something toxic. They press oil from their oil gland on themselves to keep their feathers dry. Soap would take this natural protection off. I agree that a vet would be very unlikely to report you, and getting her seen by an avian vet would be best and give you some peace of mind.
     
  4. thumper650

    thumper650 Songster

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    That's what I was thinking. If you're nervous just ask a friend if you can use their address, or make up a fake one.
     
  5. Runner duck mom

    Runner duck mom Songster

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    I've been to the vet with one of our ducks and the only issue we had was that all the vet techs wanted to come in, see our duck and tell us how cute she is. I'm guessing they don't get a whole lot of ducks in their office :)
    If you are lucky enough to have a vet that will treat a duck I would take her. The closest vet we could find was 45min away but very glad to have found them.
     
  6. DuckyDonna

    DuckyDonna Crowing

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    I've been meaning to ask you what vet you found!
     
  7. DuckyDonna

    DuckyDonna Crowing

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    I wouldn't worry about what the vet will do. I think you need to get the duck over to him before the long weekend and they are closed! I doubt they will question you on where you live. How many ducks do you have? They are only there to help if they can. Sounds to me this duck needs vet care to diagnose what’s going on.
     
  8. Runner duck mom

    Runner duck mom Songster

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    https://www.theveterinaryclinic.net/
    Dr. Wilson is the only vet there that treats birds (I think) but he was awesome! His bio is pretty impressive as well, works at the botanical garden in Atlanta and works with frogs in Central America, pretty neat :)
    https://www.theveterinaryclinic.net/our-veterinarians
     
  9. Skylar Marie

    Skylar Marie In the Brooder

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    Thank you, we will be taking her as soon as we can.
     
  10. Skylar Marie

    Skylar Marie In the Brooder

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    I didn’t know that, we had went on a website that had said that was a possible solution to wet feathers, so that is why we had done it. Thank you, we won’t be using that on her anymore. We are going to take her to an avian vet that is near by hopefully.
     
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