Duck with a swollen leg

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  1. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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  2. Gwokakotta

    Gwokakotta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I examined his leg again very thoroughly, and I couldn't find any cuts or anything. I did notice the skin on his leg is kind of flaking or peeling, as if it's dry or something. Is this normal?
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    And is it just me or does his leg look slightly less swollen in that pic? I really really really hope it's going down.:fl
     
  3. Gwokakotta

    Gwokakotta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We do have some injectable penicillin from when Meatball was being treated for bumblefoot last year. But if there are no cuts or wounds is it unlikely to be an infection?:confused:

    And would it be wise to let him swim in the pond for water therapy? When I tried it several days ago, he stayed on the water most of the time, but I'd hate for him to reinjure himself or do further damage by walking around. But he did seem so happy hanging out with his friends and just being a duck.
     
  4. AndySandy

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    Thanks for your help! I'll try it out asap!
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Can you give a substitute for time being like small kiddy pool so you can monitor his activities better? and make sure he can get in an out without problems
     
  6. Gwokakotta

    Gwokakotta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We do have an inflatable pool we could set up, although since he is having trouble walking I bet he would have much harder time getting out of the pool. Our pond's shore is generally pretty shallow and gradual. Another thing is, I want to make sure he's still eating normally, and this might give him a chance to forage for bugs/plants in the pond. I guess I just feel sorry for him being alone and cooped up all day :(
     
  7. Miss Lydia

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    I know but you don't want him over exerting walking to the pond either. but you know best for him since your right there.
     
  8. Gwokakotta

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    I had to go out of town for the weekend, but thankfully my brother was kind enough to duck-sit and continue with Meatball's treatment (it seems like ducks always pick the worst times to hurt themselves!) I made the decision to go ahead and let him swim in the pond since I felt it was the best thing for him, all things considered. He would sit down and rest on the shore when he wasn't swimming, so he didn't use his foot a whole lot.

    I just got back tonight and checked his leg, which still looks pretty swollen. It seems to be slightly yellowish in a few spots. Is that normal with bruising/swelling? We've been doing Epsom salt compresses 2-3 times a day, but haven't given any antibiotics yet.
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  9. Miss Lydia

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    That does not look good, i really think an antibiotic might be in order. before it goes systemic.
     
  10. Gwokakotta

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    Any suggestions which antibiotic and what dosage I should give?
     

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