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Duck Vent Problem - What Next???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tia, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. tia

    tia Songster

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    I've posted several times before. My Runner Duck, Angel has an ongoing vent problem. Her vent swells up and has hard scab like things all around it. I have had her on antibiotics for some time. She seemed to improve but it never went away with Ciproflox .5 ml twice a day, Metacam .6 mil twice a day, and Silver sulfadiazine cream applied twice daily - When she went off the medication it came back again. The vet then had me give her Ciproflox .5 ml - twice a day, and Metacam .6 ml twice a day and put Terramycin Ointment on her vent twice a day and Hydro B Once a day (at a different time) I've been doing this and also making sure she swims twice a day for about 1/2 hour each time. I started this treatment on November 14th. The vet thought she might have gleet. She still has swelling and some scabbing. If she doesn't have the two swims the scabbing is worse. She otherwise appears healthy (besides bumblefoot which I also put silver sufadiazine cream on... and the bumblefoot is never totally cured - but under some control. She continues to eat and is laying an egg almost every day (which I throw away) I don't know what else I can do. The medication is getting expensive, and I am sure that it is not the best for her to be on antibiotics continiously. She is such a sweet heart. I keep her in the house away from the other ducks. She was with them for some time and what ever she has it is not contagious, as the other ducks have no problem. I am starting to question the quality of her life - and wondering what I should do with my sweet Angel. Has anyone had a vent problem like this with their ducks.. Please if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them. I don't know what to do next. Thanks!!!

  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    You have done everything that you can do for your duck. You need to have a frank discussion with your vet about the questions you are asking here. We (as laymen) are going to be of limited assistance if a vet has not been able to resolve your duck's issues. I think you summed the situation up best when you said it was becoming a quality of life issue. Only you can decide if you want to continue treatment or whether you think the treatment is becoming too much. A discussion with your vet may help to answer this.

    I am sorry you are in this situation. Good luck.

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