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Dog attack, now duck keeps laying down

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Homesteadin, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. Homesteadin

    Homesteadin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Almost a week ago someone's dog came onto our property and attacked our ducks. I thankfully was home and the dog hadn't been able to really hurt any of them before I ran outside. Once I got out there the dog was on top of one of my ducks with its two front paws holding it down, and it was no small dog. I scared it off and at first the duck limped away, then started walking normal again. She had no gashes or wounds that I could find. I have been noticing, though, that for the past few days she has been laying down a lot - take some steps, lays down, walks to a different spot, lays down... She is eating and staying with the flock as they free roam, but she is laying down most of the time.

    Should I be doing something to try to help with a possible internal problem?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I would. I possible I would get a vet's help. She may have internal injuries, something could have started up a systemic infection after the attack, or the trauma could have left her immune system run down.

    I would add poultry vitamins to the water twice a week, get her into a tub of lukewarm water and follow that with an overnight in a relatively warm place (above 50F) to just give her a break.

    Feel her legs and bill - if they are really warm, that's a sign of infection and I'd start antibiotics.
     
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  3. ChicagoDucks

    ChicagoDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You probably checked for broken bones. If not, it is worth a look. It could be a strain or pulled/torn ligament. Soft tissue damage needs time to heal. If she is eating and drinking, it is a good sign I think.

    I went to see my uncle, who is a large animal vet, last fall. While I was there, he set a compound fracture in a pet turkey's leg. It was amazing to watch.
     
  4. Homesteadin

    Homesteadin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both. I will start by bringing her into the house tomorrow and give her a real close look, a warm soak, a rest inside and some basic treatment with your suggestions. I really hope there are no broken bones/fractures... thinking of setting something like that like your uncle makes me cringe!
     
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  5. Homesteadin

    Homesteadin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And by the way, yes I did check for broken bones, but I feared hurting her in the process so I may not have checked well enough.
     
  6. Homesteadin

    Homesteadin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We've made it a goal to save up the money needed to get the front of our property fenced. We live in a rural area where people from other properties seem to not worry about keeping their dogs around home.
     
  7. Homesteadin

    Homesteadin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't find any broken bones, and her bill/legs were not extra warm. I did give her a break inside, poultry vitamins, etc. and she is doing much better today. Thank you again for your suggestions.
     
  8. ChicagoDucks

    ChicagoDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is your duck doing now?
     
  9. Homesteadin

    Homesteadin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for asking. :) She is doing fine - currently wading through 24 inches of snow with the rest of the flock. I guess her system or ligaments must have been a little stressed for a few days but thankfully all is good now!
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    That's alot of snow, great news she is doing good!
     

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