Duck attacked by dogs

Sharona Murray

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Apr 19, 2014
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Last nigh my couple month old duck has gotten into my dogs yard and has been bitten. She has puncher wounds under and around her wings but none seem to be broken. She hasnt been walking she stands sometimes but not for very long. She isnt eating at all has been drinking little bits of water, but has thrown up a couple times. There is also some watery green liquid dripping from her mouth. I have been rinsing the wounds then applying betadine, dose anyone have some feed back that could assist me as I cant afford a vet.
 

Fancychooklady

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Last nigh my couple month old duck has gotten into my dogs yard and has been bitten. She has puncher wounds under and around her wings but none seem to be broken. She hasnt been walking she stands sometimes but not for very long. She isnt eating at all has been drinking little bits of water, but has thrown up a couple times. There is also some watery green liquid dripping from her mouth. I have been rinsing the wounds then applying betadine, dose anyone have some feed back that could assist me as I cant afford a vet.
She may have internal injuries. You need to keep her quite and confined. Some antibiotic spray would help with the wounds, but most importantly, keep her hydrated. Some warm oatmeal might encourage her to eat. If you don't have any electrolytes add a little sugar to her water.
 

Sharona Murray

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Apr 19, 2014
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Thank you. What part suggests internal injury ? I have liquid betadine ive been droping in and arond the wounds, I might try the oatmeal. So far we tryed blending some tomatoes and Letteus in to a smoothie being her favorite food she still hasn't has even tasted it.
 

Fancychooklady

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Thank you. What part suggests internal injury ? I have liquid betadine ive been droping in and arond the wounds, I might try the oatmeal. So far we tryed blending some tomatoes and Letteus in to a smoothie being her favorite food she still hasn't has even tasted it.
Dogs have powerful jaws and sometimes there are injuries we can't see. My duck loves cooked pasta with a raw egg stirred in with a couple of sardines in oil chopped up for good measure.
Now don't get me wrong, I make this for my chickens, the ducks just steal it.
 

Amiga

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It is very unusual for a duck to have green stuff coming out of their mouth. And as Fancychooklady has said, the strength of a dog bite can damage internal organs and bones. Throwing up may also be an indication of internal injury.

I would follow her suggestions, and get some poultry vitamins with electrolytes and probiotics, for support for her.

Here is a story of a person helping her duck recover from an attack.

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When my duck, Lucy, was attacked by a raccoon, I had head wounds to deal with, too. No jaw damage but she had a bite taken from the edge of her bill.

I put her on homeopathic for bites and vitamins at first, but homeopathics take a long time to work, so after a week on that (and an infection starting in the leg wound that I had missed) I switched her to Duramycin (got at Tractor Supply). Add 1/4 teaspoon to 20 oz of water (2 1/2 CUPS). Only mix up what you will use immediately and store the rest of the powder in a clean, dry jar. You will want to keep a measuring spoon in the jar just for the Duramycin. If you won't be using the entire 20 oz right away, put the extra in the refrigerator until you need it, but do not keep it for longer than 1 day. I have seen funk grow in it if kept longer than that. Lucy got her water in a 20 oz travel mug 2x a day.

After her first day of not eating, she only wanted cooked, mashed peas for 2 weeks. She refused anything else, so keep tempting your duck with things she loves to eat. You may have to use a syringe and squirt some liquified food into her bill to get her to eat. which means you will ahve to take some food and puree it in the blender and add enough water to make it liquidy. Lucy's bill was very sore and I had to mash her peas so she could eat them.

Examine your duck carefully to locate all the wounds you can find. Trim away feathers from the wounds so you can treat them effectively. Don't be afraid to trim away all her feathers if you think you need to to examine her. You can dress her in newborn t-shirts until her feathers grow back. If you keep her in a dim, quiet room, she will heal faster, and eventually start to molt. At least, that's what Lucy did.

Use saline to rinse out the wounds every day. Use a q-tip to pack the open wounds with antibiotic ointment.

If there is a puncture wound (which includes bites), you will need to debride it daily with a gauze pad. That means put peroxide on a gauze pad and scrub the scab off the puncture wound and scrub it enough to keep it open so it can drain. Punctures must heal from the inside out, or they get infected. Pack the punctures with antibiotic ointment, too.

Since you can't wrap a head wound on a duck, just let her wash her head at will. The only wound I wrapped on Lucy was her leg wound while it had Ichthammol on it to pull out the infection.


Let her rest and check on her every few hours. Change her towels at least 2x a day, or get those incontinence pads you put in a patient's bed and put one of those on top of the towel. Easy cleanup and less laundry. I got mine at Wal Mart.

I did not have the money for a vet visit, but if you do, I highly suggest taking her in.
 

Sharona Murray

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5 Years
Apr 19, 2014
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Thank you for the advice she seems better tonight more alert. Here are a couple photos tho.



 

Sharona Murray

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5 Years
Apr 19, 2014
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Well sadly this morning my poor duck dinner passed away.. I did the best I could, im thinking it was internal. Something to do with the stomach maybe. Thanks everyone for your help.
 

Sharona Murray

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5 Years
Apr 19, 2014
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Yeah, it just so sad she wasn't just a duck she was our family pet. Everyone has gotten so attached to her it just so hard to say goodbye.
 
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